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Environmental Factor, September 2012

NIEHS Commissioned Corps officers win awards

By Eddy Ball

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and Captain (CAPT) Paul Jung, M.D.

CAPT Jung, right, showed off the medal and certificate presented to him by Birnbaum. (Photo courtesy of John Maruca)

Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) John McLamb

In a separate ceremony, LCDR McLamb, right, received his medal and certificate from Birnbaum. (Photo courtesy of John Maruca)

During ceremonies in late July, two U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps (http://www.usphs.gov/newsroom/multimedia/)  officers stationed at NIEHS received awards for their outstanding service. NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., presented certificates and medals to recently promoted Captain (CAPT) Paul Jung, M.D., chief of staff at NIEHS, and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) John McLamb, a health physicist in the NIEHS Health and Safety Branch.

“The Commissioned Corps is a unique and integral part of HHS,” said Birnbaum. “We are proud to have several PHS officers here at NIEHS.” She also praised the officers for their contributions to effective communication of the NIEHS mission and to the strengthening of interagency partnerships.

The citation for Jung’s medal read, “For exceptional performance while preparing a timely, sensitive, and comprehensive report in response to congressional inquiry under time constraints.”

The citation for McLamb's medal read, “For significant contributions to foster cooperation between federal agencies, while developing an audit program for environmental management systems.”

The Commissioned Corps is an elite uniformed all-officer organization. The Corps is made up of more than 6,000 full-time, well-trained, highly qualified public health professionals, dedicated to delivering the nation's public health promotion and disease prevention programs, and advancing public health science. 

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PHS ranks correspond to ranks in the U.S. Navy, with CAPT equivalent to a colonel and LCDR equivalent to a major in the U.S. Army.




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