Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Therapist Professional Advisory Committee

Readiness Committee

USPHS Therapist Professional Advisory Committee- Readiness and Response Committee

The mission of the Readiness and Response Committee is to assist and guide officers in completion and recording of basic readiness requirements, as well as, provide knowledge of deployment roles and requirements needed to participate in these roles.
Chair: CDR Scott Labrecque
Deptuy: CDR BJ Saunders

Preparedness Subcommittee:

Chair: CDR Douglas Fiorentino
The mission of the Preparedness Subcommittee is to assist Therapist Officers maintain their Basic Readiness Status and to provide technical assistance as needed for Officers to remain Deployment Ready and Promotion Eligible. The Preparedness Subcommittee works closely with the Readiness and Deployment Operations Group (RedDOG) to achieve this mission. Please go to the following link to access all the necessary resources to maintain Basic Readiness. Once you have navigated to the link, click on the Readiness tab and a drop down menu will appear with the following options; About RedDOG, Self-Reporting & Contact Information in Direct Access, Essentials, Field Medical Readiness Badge Training Requirements, Rotational Roster Schedule, Response Teams, Training Information, Awards, Other Links. The Essentials tab is where the Readiness, Down to Basics (Readiness Checklist) can be accessed. The following link provides a PDF of the Readiness, Down to Basics (Readiness Checklist) Please feel free to contact me with any Readiness questions.
APFT Initiative
Physical fitness is an integral component of officership and our ability to meet our mission. TPAC is participating in the PHS APFT Certificate of Excellence (PACE) program. Click on the following link for information on the PHS APFT Certificate of Excellence (PACE) program, fitness resources, and Calendar of APFT Events.

Response Subcommitte:

Chair: CDR Tami Bonebrake
The mission of the Response Subcommittee is to educate Officers on the roles and necessities of each Deployment team and serve as an adjunct resource for deployment teams and training opportunities. The Response Subcommittee works closely with the DCPR Readiness and Deployment Operations Group (RedDog), the category’s Chief Professional Officer and individual Officers by providing and maintaining resources for Officers within the Therapist Category that are deployed by OFRD.
There are seven RedDog deployment teams each of which having 5 different rosters in which USPHS Officers may serve on. These seven teams are: Rapid Deployment Forces Team (RDF), Applied Public Health Team (APHT), Mental Health Team (MHT), Services Access Team (SAT), National Incident Support Team (NIST), Regional Incident Support Team (RIST) and Capital Area Provider Team (CAP). Each of the seven teams are categorized as either a Tier I team or a Tier II team. Officers who serve on organized teams; ie Tier I teams (include the RDF teams for more medical support) and Tier II teams (include community health support) must have supervisory approval in order to be team members of these rapid deployment teams. All Officers not assigned to organized teams are listed as Tier III members. Tier III officers are utilized to augment Tier I and Tier II team that are deployed. Tier III officers require supervisory approval prior to deployment. Please refer to RedDog and the various Team Facts for further information to determine what team best suites your professional goals and skill set.

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