Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Office of Surgeon General (OSG)


Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity Advisory Group (SOAGDAG)


To provide advice and consultation to and on behalf of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS or PHS) Commissioned Corps Surgeon General on the following:

  1. Issues of interest to and concern of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer officers and officers with other gender identities (hereafter, "LGBTQ+), as well as their allies in the USPHS Commissioned Corps,
  2. Issues relating to USPHS Commissioned Corps personnel policies and practices relevant to LGBTQ+ officers, and
  3. Provision of LGBTQ+-competent health care by USPHS Commissioned Corps 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 LGBTQ+ 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 LGBTQ+ 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 CDR Dakota McMurray
SOAGDAG Vice Chair LCDR Madalene Mandap
SOAGDAG Secretary CDR Robert Kosko
SOAGDAG Senior Advisor CAPT Jonathan White
SOAGDAG Immediate Past Chair CDR Jennifer Cockrill

SOAGDAG Committee Chairs
Awards Committee Chair LCDR Jaren Meldrum
Award Committee Co-Chair LT Regena Hardy
Communication Committee Chair LT Nathan Drew
Communications Committee Co-Chair LCDR Natasha Colmore

Membership Committeee Chair

CDR Luz Rivera

Membership Committee Co-Chair

LCDR Michael Bakker

Policy Committee Chair LCDR Patrick High
Policy Committee Co-Chair LT Lee Ryder
Social Committee Chair LCDR Angela McClendon
Social Committee Co-Chair LT Brian McAleney
Education & Training Committee Chair LCDR Joe Rorabaugh-Irwin 
Education & Training Committee Co-Chair LCDR Delice Echols

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