The Public Health Service Special Assignment Award Ribbon honors PHSCC members who carry out 30 days of service on qualifying assignments or other government agencies than the Department of Health.
The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) is the United States Public Health Service’s federal uniformed branch of service and falls under the aegis of the Department of Health and Human Services, led by the Surgeon General. The PHSCC traces its roots back to the establishment of the Marine Hospital Fund in 1798, which provided for the care of merchant sailors. Currently, the PHSCC is headquartered in Rockville, Maryland. The PHSCC grants certain awards to its members to acknowledge meritorious service or accomplishments.
The ribbon is dark blue and features a vertical maroon stripe toward each edge, flanked on either side by a white stripe bisected by a thin maroon stripe.