|U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
Readiness and Response Program
CAPT Oneal (Neal) Walker, Ph. D.
Division Director for Recruitment, Office of Commissioned Corps Operations (OCCO)
Office of the Surgeon General, Department of Health & Human Services
CDR Dan Beck
Transcript (MS Word)
U.S Public Health Service Commissioned Corps
DHHS 1/18/06 Press Release Announcing Commissioned Corps Transformation
Webcast of 1/18/06 Transformation Event
OIG Report "The Commissioned Corps' Response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"
ExpectMore.gov 2006 Program Assessment Summary Page
CAPT Neal Walker is an active duty Commissioned Corps officer currently serving as the Division Director for Recruitment in the Office of Commissioned Corps Operations (OCCO), Office of the Surgeon General. Prior to this current appointment in June 2006, he served in various positions including two years in the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) as Chief of the Dentistry, Psychology, and Special Projects Branch. CAPT Walker has direct responsibility for national efforts to recruit new officers and to exercise oversight for the National Associate Recruiter Program. He is directly involved in planning, organizing, developing, and executing national-level recruitment programs for the Commissioned Corps.
Trained as a ready responder, he has participated in two major deployments in Florida and Mississippi serving in a senior role as a mental health consultant and provider during a very critical time in the history of the United States. CAPT Walker witnessed a range of mental health problems among other environmental disasters resulting from the hurricane demise in Fort Pierce, Florida, New Orleans, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi.
A licensed (clinical) psychologist, CAPT Walker has served in various clinical and administrative leadership roles for more than 18 years. CAPT Walker holds several degrees including an M.S. (1986) from University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. (1993) from California School of Professional Psychology. He is a member of several associations including the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Register for Health Providers, and the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). At present, he is in his final semester of a two-year postdoctoral program in clinical psychopharmacology at Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey.
CDR Beck is an Engineer Officer assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General, Office of Force Readiness and Deployment. Originally commissioned in 1995, he has been assigned to the OFRD since 2003. Prior to his assignment to OFRD, he served on the Command Staff of the Commissioned Corps Readiness Force (CCRF) from 1999. He joined the CCRF and PHS-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in 1996. He has deployed to over 25 events serving in roles ranging from Medical Strike Team Leader to Operations Center Director during 9/11 to Director of the HHS Hurricane Relief Program during Hurricanes Katrina/Rita/Wilma. He has been directly involved in the management of over 150 deployments and missions.
He serves on the National Readiness Committee of the Society of American Military Engineers, is the USPHS Representative to The Infrastructure Security Partnership and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers.
He has received numerous PHS awards including being awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, the Surgeon General's Exemplary Service Medal and twice awarded the Outstanding Service Medal. He has received the National Emergency Preparedness Award, the Crisis Response Service Award and the Field Medical Readiness Badge. He was named the 2002 USPHS John C. Villforth Engineer Leader of the Year.