Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group

Chair's Corner

Welcome to the Black Commissioned Officers Advisory Group Website!

LCDR Gayle Tuckett, PharmD, BCGP, NCPS, CDE, AE-C, commissioned in the United States Public Health
Service in December of 2013. LCDR Tuckett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Old
Dominion University and a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. She
began her pharmacy career with the Indian Health Service (IHS) as a civilian in Crownpoint, NM and then
transitioned to Fort Defiance, AZ a year later, where she then commissioned. Throughout her time at
IHS, she held numerous leadership roles and gained experience in the area of pain management (as a
clinic co-creator and coordinator), in the area of diabetes (as a Diabetes Education Accreditation
Program Coordinator and clinic provider), in the area of asthma (as a clinic creator and provider), and
heavily in the area of tobacco cessation (as a clinic co-creator, coordinator, and provider).

After almost five years with IHS, she transitioned to the Division of Commissioned Corps Personnel and
Readiness, now Commissioned Corps Headquarters (CCHQ), to serve as a Policy Analyst under the Policy
Branch. In this capacity, she reviewed, updated, and created policies applicable to Commissioned Corps
officers in and outside of the continental United States. Working at CCHQ provided a better
understanding of the inner workings of the Corps and equipped her with additional skillsets.

With this new skillset, LCDR Tuckett now applies it in her current position as a Senior Regulatory
Management Officer within the Counter-Terrorism Emergency Coordination Staff at the Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, MD. LCDR Tuckett is excited about her new role and to learn as
much as possible in the area of policy and regulation within the FDA.

While the agency work is always a priority for LCDR Tuckett, she displays her continuous commitment to
tobacco cessation through her service as the Training Resources Subgroup Lead of the Nicotine
Cessation Services Access Workgroup (NCSAW) and annual involvement the Great American Smokeout.
Additional involvement among various Surgeon General chartered groups, aside from serving as BCOAG
Chair, include serving as the Junior Officer Advisory Group’s (JOAG) Health Occupations Students of
America (HOSA) Subcommittee Region 3 Lead, JOAG’s DC, MD, VA (DMV) Area Meet and Greet Co-Lead,
a University Point of Contact (UPOC) to Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for the Pharmacy
Professional Advisory Committee (PharmPAC), and working collaboratively with Prevention through
Active Community Engagement (PACE) to develop the vaping module along with other Corps officers.
Previously, LCDR Tuckett established and served as the PharmPAC Professional Pharmacy Association
(PPA) Liaison for the National Pharmaceutical Association (NPhA).

Prior to serving as BCOAG Chair, she served as Chair-Elect in 2018, Executive Secretary in 2017,
Retention Subcommittee Lead in 2016, and Charter and Bylaws Co-Chair/Alternate in 2015. Additional
agency and association participation include serving as the Continuing Education (CE) Team Lead for the
FDA’s Captain’s Advisory Council’s Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Training, President of the
Commissioned Officer’s Association (COA)-Tse’hootsooi’ Branch (2015 – 2016), COA-Tse’hootsooi’
Branch Vice President (2014 – 2015), and Secretary for NPhA (2014 – present).

Outside of her professional responsibilities, LCDR Tuckett is fond of traveling and exploring different
cultures and food. She is always ready for an adventure and enjoys tennis and soccer as fun ways to
exercise. Above all, God and her family are of utmost importance to her.

Gayle Tuckett

Lieutenant Commander, U.S. Public Health Service

2019 BCOAG Chair

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