List of United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps four-star admirals

This is a complete list of four-star admirals in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. The rank of admiral (or full admiral, or four-star admiral), ranks above vice admiral (three-star admiral) and is the highest rank achievable in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Flag of a U.S. Public Health Service four-star admiral (assistant secretary for health)

There have been 5 four-star admirals in the history of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. All five were directly commissioned into the regular corps. One was already an officer in the regular corps and the other four were originally civilians who were appointed to the regular corps and to grade upon taking office.

List of admiralsEdit

The following lists of four-star admirals are sortable by last name, date of rank. The date listed is that of the officer's first promotion to admiral, and may differ from the officer's entry in the U.S. Public Health Service register. The year commissioned is taken to be the year the officer was directly commissioned which may precede the officer's actual date of commission by up to two years. Each entry lists the admiral's name, date of rank, active-duty position held while serving at four-star rank, number of years of active-duty service at four-star rank (Yrs), year commissioned and source of commission, number of years in commission when promoted to four-star rank (YC), and other biographical notes.

The list is sortable by last name, date of rank, number of years of active-duty service at four-star rank, year commissioned, and number of years in commission when promoted to four-star rank.

# Name Photo Date of rank Position Yrs Commission YC Notes
1 masonJames O. Mason   1989-10-0101 Oct 1983   4 1983 (direct) 6 (1930–2019) Director, Centers for Disease Control 1983–1989; Acting Surgeon General, 1989–1990.
2 satcherDavid Satcher   1998-02-1313 Feb 1998   3 1998 (direct) 0 (1941– ) Reverted down to a vice admiral in 2001 after completing three years as ASH but remained as Surgeon General until 2002.
3 agwunobiJohn O. Agwunobi   2005-12-1717 Dec 2005   2 2005 (direct) 0
4 garciaJoxel García   2008-03-2828 Mar 2008   1 2008 (direct) 0 (1962– )
5 giroirBrett P. Giroir   2018-02-1515 Feb 2018   2 2018 (direct) 0 (1960– ) Acting Commissioner, Food and Drugs Administration 2019.

1980 - presentEdit

Brett GiroirJoxel GarcíaJohn O. AgwunobiDavid SatcherJames O. Mason

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