Honoring Veterans — Our Colleagues at HHS
This weekend, HHS wants to offer a special thank you to veterans of America’s armed forces. We are fortunate to currently have nearly 6,000 veterans serving the American people as part of our team here at HHS.
Many of them bring talents they put to use in uniform to their work here at HHS. One of them is Phillip Lynah, who served in the Army for 23 years, designing and building bridges, airfields and roads.
He worked on the Star Wars missile-defense initiative and eventually became the comptroller for military operations in Bosnia, responsible for the budget and spending in that theater.
Lynah eventually retired from the Army and joined the Department of Health and Human Services as the budget officer in the Office of the Secretary about nine years ago. He’s now chief of logistics management and policy at the Program Support Center, serving the whole department.
Everything he did in the military—budget, resource management, engineering—all fit into his future at HHS.
Lynah says he had to acclimate himself to a new culture of doing things at HHS. “It’s a transition, but you can do it. I enjoy it,” he said.
About 8.75 percent of HHS’s permanent, full-time employees are veterans. We are also fortunate to have about 6,500 public health professionals serving our nation in uniform today through the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.
On Veterans Day — and every day — we honor and are grateful to Lynah and the thousands of veterans and Commissioned Corps personnel who join with the rest of us in providing the critical services that so many Americans depend on every day.
Thank you — and your families — for your service and sacrifice.
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