Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Office of Surgeon General (OSG)


Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Advisory Group (SOAGDAG)


Provide advice and consultation to and on behalf of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Surgeon General related to:

  • Issues of interest to and concern of LGBT officers, and other sexual and gender minorities and their allies in the USPHS.
  • Issues related to Commission Corps (CC) personnel policies and practices relevant to LGBT officers.
  • Provision of LGBT-competent health care by CC healthcare providers.


We invite you to join the Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Advisory Group (SOAGDAG) in its endeavors to expand the visibility, impact, and role of LGBT Officers in the USPHS and raise awareness about critical public health issues the LGBT community.

SOAGDAG membership consists of voting and non-voting members. There may be up to 20 voting members, and an unlimited number of non-voting members. All non-votimg members are welcome to serve on subcommittees and be active in helping SOAGDAG achieve its mission.

Currently, voting members are nominated and appointed to SOAGDAG. Voting members must be:

  • Active Duty Commissioned Corps Officers who meet Office of Force Readiness Deployment (OFRD) basic readiness standards.
  • Interested in LGBT Issues to further the SOAGDAG mission.
  • Activly participating in one of SOADAG subcommittees while serving as a voting memeber.

Subscribe to the SOAGDAG Listserv

In addition to participating in our meetings and committees we also want to encourage you to join our Listserv, as this is the primary way we communicate with our fellow officers. You may subscribe, I, or change your email address for the SOAGDAG Listserv: .

SOAGDAG Leadership
SOAGDAG Chair LCDR Allen Applegate
SOAGDAG Vice Chair LCDR Jennifer Cockrill
SOAGDAG Secretary LCR Dakota (Cody) McMurray
SOAGDAG Senior Advisor CDR Richard Dunville
SOAGDAG Ex Oficio CDR Sharyl Trail

SOAGDAG Committee Chairs
Awards Committee Chair LT Gary Riley
Communication Committee Chair LT Jamie Mells

Membership Committee Co-Chairs

CDR Stephen Chang   LCDR Grant McElwee

Policy Committee Chair LLCDR Ofir (Noah) Nevo
Education&Training Committee Chair LCDR Eric Jamoom
Commissioned Officer Association (COA) CAPT Steve Morin

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