Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Nurse Professional Advisory Committee

Federal Nursing Service Council

Federal Nurse Service Council LogoThe Federal Nursing Service Council (FNSC) was organized in 1943 during the height of World War II to provide a means for easy exchange of information, provide mutual assistance in the consideration of nursing issues, and formulate recommendations regarding federal nursing.1  Originally composed of the Federal Nursing Chiefs, the Chief Nurse of the American Red Cross quickly joined the council.  In 1996, FNSC was expanded to include the Reserve and Guard components of the military nursing services and in 2010 the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing became part of the Council.

Today, the FNSC is a united federal nursing leadership team poised to address tomorrow’s health challenges today. The Council seeks to enhance and strengthen its constituencies; to collaborate and enrich the environment for Federal nurses and those entrusted to their care; and to advance and explore professional issues and leadership. The Council membership consists of U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, including Guard and Reserve, Public Health Corps, American Red Cross, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Graduate School of Nursing.

The Council represents over 125,000 nurses with a beneficiary population exceeding 8.5 million. Military nursing, in particular, is a unique segment of public health and as such is sometimes confronted with issues that are not prevalent in the civilian sector. FNSC is a forum to address nursing issues which are uniquely tied to caring for the military member and veterans and nursing practice in the context of armed conflict. The inter-service and inter-agency collaboration provided by FNSC allows for the sharing of best practices and for consensus building to promulgate policies of interest to our entire membership. 

1 Vreeland, Ellwynne M., (1950). Fifty Years of Nursing in the Federal Government Nursing Services, American Journal of Nursing, Vol. 50, No. 10, pp 626-631.

MISSION: Bring together Federal Nursing’s collective leadership and expertise to advance and strengthen professional nursing and enhance partnerships among federal agencies and the American Red Cross.

VISION: United to Address Tomorrow’s Health Care Challenges Today.

FNSC Mission and Vision


 The FNSC is committed to:

  • Recognize the impact of ethical practice has on patient safety and the quality of care. 
  • Influence health delivery systems to eliminate preventable harm.
  • Use and disseminate evidence-based practice principles to create more effective, efficient and safer healthcare environments.
  • Optimize healthcare outcomes through interprofessional practice.
  • Guide and disseminating policy through the translation of education and research.
  • Ensure a collaborative and integrated nursing and other health professional response to advance quality health and wellness through partnerships.
  • Influence the nursing leadership continuum.

Values:       Excellence, Integrity, Collegiality, Leadership, Courage, Innovation, Stewardship


  • Strengthen nursing leadership to drive positive change in health and health policy.
  • Improve access, quality, and safety to health and healthcare.
  • Enhance partnerships to support readiness, skill sustainment, and inter/intra professional collaboration.

The Council includes the principal executives and deputies of the:

U.S. Air Force U.S. Air Force Reserve U.S. Air National Guard
U.S. Army U.S. Army National Guard U.S. Army Reserve
U.S. Navy U.S. Naval Reserve U.S. Public Health Service
American Red Cross U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs U.S.U.H.S

Federal Nursing Service Council Members

AIR Force | AIR Force Reserve | AIR National Guard | American Red Cross | Army | Army Reserve
Army National Guard | Department of Veterans Affairs | Navy | Navy Reserve
Uniformed Services University | US Public Health Service



Major General Dorothy A. Hogg

AF Deputy Surgeon General,
Chief, Air Force Nurse Corps


Deputy :
Col Deedra Zabokrtsky 
O: 703-681-7557

Assistants :
Maj Dara Warren, USAF, AF-SG (US)
AF/DSG Executive Officer and GSN Connect

Ms. Judy Wright

NC Fellows :
Lt Col Venth, Betty A USAF (US) 
O: 703-681-7173

Lt Col Bratz, Jennifer J USAF (US) 
O: 703-681-7002

Maj Pyle, Kirstan J

BG Theresa Prince 

AIR FORCE Reserve:
Col Anita Fligge
Mobilization Assistant to Chief, AF Nurse Corps 



MG Barbara Holcomb

Chief, Army Nurse Corps

COL Richard Evans
Deputy Chief, Army Nurse Corps
Office of the Chief, Army Nurse Corps

LTC Crystal House
AN Executive Officer


COL Mary Link
OCAR, Deputy Surgeon, Clinical


COL Kimberly Ballantyne


RADM Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle

RADM Rebecca J. McCormick-Boyle
Director, Navy Nurse Corps
Chief of Staff, U.S. Navy Bureau Of Medicine and Surgery

CAPT Annette Beadle
Deputy Director, Navy Nurse Corps
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

CDR Valerie Morrison
Executive Assistant to Director, Navy Nurse Corps
Deputy Chief, Installation and Logistics Specialty Leader for Manpower Systems Analysis
Navy Nurse Corps


RADM Margaret Rykowski
Deputy Director, Navy Nurse Corps,
Reserve Component
Bureau of Medicine and Surgery

CAPT Anne Bloom
NC Reserve Affairs Officer


RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams
Assistant Surgeon General Chief Nurse Officer
USPHS Deputy Associate Administrator in the HIV/AIDS Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration

LT Chandra Jolley, RN, BSN, USPHS
Executive Officer to RADM Trent-Adams

Mary Kellam
Nursing and Health Associate


Donna Gage, PhD, RN, NE-BC
Chief Nursing Officer
Office of Nursing Service
Department of Veteran Affairs

James L. Harris, DSN, APRN-BC, MBA, CNL, FAAN
Office of Nursing Services (108)
Department of Veterans Affairs

Anna Alt-White
VA Liaison to USUHS
Director, Research & Academic Programs
Office of Nursing Services (108)
Department of Veteran Affairs


Dr. Linda M MacIntyre Linda MacIntyre RN, PhD
Chief Nurse American Red Cross

Tener Goodwin Veenema, RN
Red Cross Senior Nurse Consultant


Carol Romano, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing

Patricia Kenny & Patricia Handel

Federal Nursing Service Council Meeting Minutes

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