Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

American Indian Alaskan Native Commissioned Officer Advisory Committee

Awards

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American Indian/Alaska Native Commissioned Officer Advisory Committee Award Descriptions and Recipients

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AI/ANCOAC Awards Nomination Packet

Elizabeth Peratrovich Leadership Award

The American Indian Alaska Native Commissioned Officer Advisory Committee (AIANCOAC) National Leadership Award was established to recognize any ranking officer who has made significant contributions fostering the goals of the AIANCOAC and enhancing the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This award is presented for sustained high quality performance in an administrative or clinical capacity that has resulted in accomplishing a program’s mission at the agency, tribal and/or national level.

This award is named after Elizabeth Peratrovich (Tlingit nation). She was an important civil rights activist; she worked on behalf of equality for Alaska Natives. In the 1940s, she was credited with advocacy that gained the passage of the territory’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1995, the first anti-discrimination law in the United States.

2018

CDR Cara Nichols

2017

LCDR Dodson Frank

2016

CDR Jeri Coats

2015

CAPT Craig Wikins

2014

LCDR Dawn Dineyazhe

2013

CDR Sophie Two Hawk

2012

CDR Dwayne Jarman

2008

LCDR Michael J. Belgarde

2007

CDR Celissa G. Stephens

2006

CAPT Kurt M. Riley

2005

Kathy A. Holcroft

2004

RADM Charles C. Grim

2003

CAPT Kathleen Kinsey

2002

LCDR Ronald R. West

2001

CDR Greg A. Ketcher

1998

CDR Robert E. Pittman

 

Annie Dodge Wauneka Award (may be Individual or Group award)

The Annie Dodge Wauneka Award was established to recognize any ranking officer who has demonstrated significant contributions in fostering the goals of the AIANCOAC and enhancing the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives at the local level. This award is presented for sustained high quality excellence in accomplishing a program’s mission performing community based responsibilities at the agency level.

This award, named after Annie Dodge Wauneka from the Dine’ (Navajo) Nation, commemorates her community health achievements. As the first woman ever elected to the Dine’ Tribal Council, Dr. Wauneka served as a Tribal Council Delegate from her district for over 25 years. She served as Chairperson of the Tribal Council's Health Committee from

1951 to 1963 and was instrumental in the establishment of the Health Board and health care services such as Community Health Representatives. In 1956, Dr. Wauneka was one of three American Indians appointed to the U.S. Surgeon General's Advisory Committee on Indian Health. Throughout her life, Dr. Wauneka has been an advocate for health care and the improvement of health care services for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

2018

LCDR Janet Hayes

2017

CDR Loretta Haven

2016

CDR Velliyah Craig

2015

CDR Latona Austin

2014

CAPT Nancy Bill

2013

LCDR Kibbie Conti

2012

LCDR Erin A. Giles

2008

CDR Cheryl A. Namtvedt

2007

Lt Jodi Sparkman, LCDR Mike Lee, LCDR Ryan Schupbach, LCDR Tim Murray, CAPT Travis Watts

2006

LT Yoland Burke-Dee

2005

LT Brian R. Wren

2004

Demitrius La Tocha

2003

CAPT Darlene A. Sorrel

2002

LCDR Carmen C. Clelland

2001

LTJG Celeste L. Davis

1998

CAPT Verna Schad

 

George Blue Spruce Jr. Flag Officer Award 

The Flag Officer Award is presented to a flag rank officer (grade 0-7 to 0-10) for continuous outstanding leadership in carrying out the mission of the PHS. Noteworthy accomplishments in the performance of a single act which had a major effect on the health of the American Indian/Alaskan Native population; or, performance of a heroic act resulting in the preservation to health or property are recognized through this award, which is equivalent to the PHS Commendation Medal.

This award is named after RADM George Blue Spruce Jr. He is recognized as the first American Indian Dentist in the United States. His life story reaches back to the ancient Pueblo culture cherished by his grandparents and parents and extends to state-of-the-art dentistry and the current needs of the American Indian people.   He obtained a Master’s degree in Health Care Management from the University of California at Berkeley and, after years of hard work, he reached the zenith of his career as an Assistant Surgeon General.

 

2018

RADM Chris Buchanan

2007

RADM Richie K. Grinnell

2006

RADM Robert Pittman

2003

RADM Robert Harry, Jr.

 

Dr. Taylor McKenzie Senior Officer Award

The Senior Officer Award is presented to a senior officer (grade O-5 to O-6) who has achieved a level of proficiency and dedication distinctively greater than that which is expected of the average officer. Noteworthy accomplishments in scientific, administrative or other professional field work; application of unique skills or creative imagination to resolve complex problems; or, technical and professional contributions that are significant to a limited area are recognized through this award, which is equivalent to the PHS Achievement Medal.

This award is named after Taylor McKenzie (1931 – April 13, 2007) was the first Navajo medical doctor (since 1958), the Vice President of the Navajo Nation (1999–2003, under Kelsey A. Begaye), and the first Navajo Nation Chief Medical Officer (since 2006). He studied medicine at the Baylor University School of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

2018

CDR James Warner

2017

CDR Robin Goodwin

2016

CDR Dana Hayworth

2015

CDR Jeff Maxon

2014

CDR Cara Nichols

2013

CAPT Angel Wilson

2012

CDR Karen Romancito

2007

CAPT Dawn L. Wyllie

2006

CDR Carmen C. Clelland

2005

CDR Richard S. Harris

2004

CDR Jeannette P. Stubberud

2003

CDR Patricia A. Hawk

 

Junior Officer Award

The Junior Officer Award is presented to a junior officer (grade O-1 to O-4) for excellence in accomplishing the program’s mission. Noteworthy accomplishments  advancing program objectives; sustaining above average dedication to duty; or accomplishing a program objective or high quality achievement over a relatively short  (30-45 days) are recognized through this award, which is equivalent to the PHS Citation.

2018

LCDR Docia Sampson

2017

LCDR William Freiberg

2016

LT Shannon Saltclah

2015

CDR James Warner

2014

LCDR Angela Battese

2013

LT Dustin Joplin

2012

LCDR Randy Saria

2008

LCDR Rolanda Sandoval

2007

LTJG Carmelita A. Darwin

2006

LCDR Carol R. Vondall

2005

LCDR Amy Holder

2004

LCDR Dawn A. Kelly

2003

LTJG Evangeline Pablo

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