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American Indian and Alaska Native Commissioned Officers Advisory Committee
Seeks New Members
Deadline Date: 30 June 2008

The American Indian and Alaska Native Commissioned Officers Advisory Committee (AIANCOAC) is seeking motivated and energetic members for a 3-year voting term beginning 1 January 2009. AIANCOAC provides advice and consultation to the Office of the Surgeon General (OSG) and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) through the Minority Officers Liaison Council on issues relating to professional and personnel issues specific to the American Indians and Alaska Natives in Federal service (both Corps officers and civil service employees). In addition to the mission, at the beginning of 2008 AIANCOAC agreed on several short-term and long-term objectives: promote the visibility of AIANCOAC; support an OSG initiative; host a social networking activity at the USPHS Scientific and Training Symposium; and gather feedback from American Indians and Alaska Natives on personnel issues.

AIANCOAC meets monthly via conference call; hence travel is not necessary for membership. However, full membership participation is required. Throughout their appointed term, voting members are expected to actively participate in all AIANCOAC meetings and activities including serving and possibly chairing one of the eight standing subcommittees. Selections, which are based on the nominee’s commitment to public health activities and specified criteria in the AIANCOAC Charter (e.g., assigned Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Operating Division (OPDIV), Staff Division (STAFFDIV), or non-HHS organization, category, gender, geographical location, etc.), are made by the AIANCOAC Membership Subcommittee and approved by the general membership. Afterwards, AIANCOAC will seek concurrence from the nominee’s respective OPDIV/STAFFDIV/non-HHS organization and then OSG approval via appointment letter.

Interested individuals are encouraged to complete the 2008 self-nomination form located on the AIANCOAC Web page at: http://www.aiancoac.freeservers.com/

Three documents must be provided as part of the application process: (1) a completed self-nomination form; (2) a current curriculum vitae; and (3) a cover letter describing how your specific experience and expertise will benefit the AIANCOAC. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2008. The submission of documents by e-mail is preferred (a scanned file of the signature page is required), however application documents can also be submitted by mail or fax to:

CAPT Rita Lookingglass, USPHS
AIANCOAC Membership Subcommittee Chair
PIMC PHN Department
4212 North 16th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85016
E-mail: rita.lookingglass@ihs.gov
Fax: 602-248-4182

For additional information or questions, please contact CAPT Lookingglass or former Membership Chair, LCDR Michael Weahkee at michael.weahkee@ihs.gov or phone: 301-443-4644.     
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