Presented at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Public Health Service Professional Association
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 28, 1989
Earlier on this day, I had conducted a Prayer breakfast and this was an address to the Plenary Session of the Commissioned
Corps. In a sense it was the Commander-in-Chiefs farewell to the troops. I had spoken at the previous seven annual meetings
of the United States Public Health Service Professional Association - which is larger than the Commissioned Corps - this was
my last appearance before leaving my post.
I said nothing that I had not said before, but I said it in a nostalgic way, speaking as a partner with these folks I had
come to love and respect, and I went through our accomplishments, our failures, our improvements, and the challenges for the
The lecture is included in this archive because it closes out an era; it closes the loop, so to speak, on my association with
the men and women of the United States Public Health Service.