U.S. Public Health Service Chief Pharmacist Officers Oral History Project

These documents are the transcripts of a series of oral history interviews of the eight persons who served as Chief Pharmacist Officer (CPO) in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service between 1987 and 2022. The series was conceptualized and coordinated by RADM (Retired) Richard M. Church, RADM (Retired) Richard J. Bertin, and William A. Zellmer.

Rear Admiral (Retired) J. Tyler Bingham
RADM Bingham served as CPO between 2018 and 2022.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Pamela Salas Schweitzer
RADM Schweitzer served as CPO between 2014 and 2018.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Scott F. Giberson
RADM Giberson served as CPO between 2010 and 2014.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Robert E. Pittman
RADM Pittman served as CPO between 2006 and 2010.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Richard S. Walling
RADM Walling served as CPO between 2001 and 2005.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Fred G. Paavola
RADM Paavola served as CPO between 1996 and 2000.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Richard J. Bertin
RADM Bertin served as CPO between 1992 and 1996. The transcripts of two separate interviews conducted in 2020 and 2023 are consolidated into this document.

Rear Admiral (Retired) Richard M. Church
RADM Church served as CPO between 1987 and 1992.

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