Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Medals
The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. The primary mission of the commissioned corps is the protection, promotion, and advancement of the health and safety of the Nation. Along with NOAA, the PHSCC is one of two uniformed services that consist only of commissioned officers. The officers are classified as noncombatants unless directed by the President or detailed to a service branch of the military. Members of the commissioned corps wear the same uniforms as the United States Navy or the United States Coast Guard, depending on the assignment, with special PHS Commissioned Corps insignia and their own awards. PHSCC officers hold naval ranks equivalent to officers of the US Navy and Coast Guard. PHSCC is under the direction of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and is led by the Surgeon General of the United Stated, who holds the grade of vice admiral. The Surgeon General reports directly to the DHHS Assistant Secretary for Health.