Meet your new GGCOA Leaders

LCDR Annie Lam – President

LCDR Annie Lam currently works as a senior health insurance specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She started her federal career in 2009 as a consumer safety officer with the Food and Drug Administration. She currently resides in Dublin with her husband and 2 kids (3 and 1 years old).


LCDR James Lee – VP

LCDR James Lee began his career at the FDA at White Oak, MD as a project manager and emergency coordinator, and continued his FDA career in Alameda, CA as an investigator. He then transferred to CMS in April 2017 where he still resides today as a Region Lead for the Comprehensive Primary Care + (CPC+) model.  LCDR Lee has been on multiple deployments as a pharmacist and as a member of the logistics team for RDF-1, and has also volunteered to assist the RIST IX team. As VP for GGCOA, his goal is to expand support and representation of Bay Area officers, and enhance officer networking and team-building through social events and activities.


CDR Tamy Leung – Treasurer

CDR Leung was a former Air Force pharmacist for eight years before transitioning to PHS.  She started out as a clinical pharmacist at I.H.S. before moving to CMS 1.5 years ago.  She enjoys living in the Bay Area because of the great weather and not having to dig through heavy snow at -10 F weather anymore.

LCDR Steven Galvez Co-Secretary

LCDR Galvez works for the FDA in South San Francisco.  He has spent his PHS career with the FDA and his last 3 years as a Golden Gate COA member.  He is looking forward to working with the chapter this upcoming operational year.

LCDR Dustin Abaonza – Co-Secretary

LCDR Abaonza has been living in the bay area for around 2 years since transitioning to the FDA as a Biomedical Research Investigator.  Prior to that he worked for the IHS in norther Arizona for 5.5 years as a clinical pharmacist. He is looking forward to working with the GGCOA. 


FROM HS-PAC (August 2018):

The below table outlines some of the updates related to Basic Readiness Standards.  Please note that this DOES NOT capture all the updates included CCI 241.01.  We therefore highly recommend that each of you take a minute to read through CCI 241.01.


To ensure that you have a good understanding of the these news updates and requirements, the HSPAC is planning to host presentations around the following topics:

·         Retention Weight Standards (POM 821.66)

·         Readiness and Duty Requirements (CCI 241.01)

·         Medical Affairs Updates

Basic Life Support (BLS)

More options to obtain your BLS Certification

  • American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support for health care providers;
  • AHA Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS);
  • American Red Cross (ARC) CPR/AED for the professional rescuer;
  • American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) CPR for the professional rescuer (CPR PRO); 
  • Instructor certification for any of the courses above; or
  • Another BLS training equivalent to the courses listed above and which is reviewed and approved by the Surgeon General.

Clinical Hours

Increase in clinical hour requirements for deployments

Increase in clinical hours from 80 hours to 120 hours per year for all officers deploying in clinical roles

Deployment Roles

Primary deployment role based on professional licensure or certification

Officers must identify their primary deployment role, based on their professional licensure or certification in Readiness Self-Service application in the Officer Secure Area of the CCMIS website 

Medical Exam 

Change in process for submitting Medical Exam Documentation

Officers must now submit medical documents through the eDOC-U feature in the Officer Secure Area of the CCMIS website


On  July 10, 2017, the U.S Public Health Service Commissioned Corps  announced Retention Weight Standards for all Commissioned Corps officers. 

The first deadline of which is September 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM ET.  Please review the key points below and visit the Corps Retention Weight Standards websitefor in-depth information and guidance. 


Key Points for Commissioned Corps Officers:

  • Every officer on active duty MUST submit a Verified Weight Report (a new form PHS 7044-1) by Sunday, September 30, 2018, 11:59 PM ET.  Submit the form by uploading it through the electronic Document Upload (eDOC-U) under the “Readiness” category. 
  • If you fail to submit the Verified Weight Report, form PHS-7044-1, by September 30 at 11:59 PM, you will be marked “not basic ready” on October 1, 2018.
  • As long as you submit the Verified Weight Report, form PHS-7044-1, by September 30 at 11:59 PM ET, you will not be penalized on October 1 if you do not meet the Retention Weight Standards. 
    • Officers out of compliance on October 1, 2018 will have additional requirements.

DCCPR can answer questions via the Corps Retention Weight Standards webpage or  at

Important CC Directive Issued !

Final Signed Conditions of Services Package


Deployment Information 

(please keep in mind RedDog may be busy deploying other resources during an incident)


Upon Your Return

Contact Information Regarding:

Response Operations:
Response Teams:
Field Training:
Web-based Training:
BLS Training:
Readiness and General questions or comments: 

Different Checklists to cross-reference:

Tips for Deployment-2.doc

Deployment Checklist Rivero.xls

Readiness Checklist: (Guide + Checklist, 967 kb)

Please refer to the Deployment Tips section here for more details on readiness.

Various Tips

Guidance for Non-HIV-Specialized Providers Caring for Persons with HIV Displaced by Disasters


Check out the great MWR link on the JOAG resource page !