Rear Adm. Kevin Meeks
Rear Admiral (RADM) Kevin Meeks was instrumental in the management and improvement of Indian Health Service (IHS) in Oklahoma and across the country during his 32-year career in the United States Public Health Service. RADM Meeks, born in 1958 and raised in Byng, Oklahoma, earned a bachelor’s degree from East Central University and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Oklahoma.
His career began in 1987 in South Dakota where he served as an Environmental Health Specialist. In 1989 he transferred to Claremore, Oklahoma followed by an assignment to the Alaska Area IHS. In 1995, he was transferred to Oklahoma City to work within the Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE) and to represent the Area in Tribal self-governance negotiations. From 1995 to 2009, he fulfilled various management positions in the Oklahoma City Area Office, including Assistant Associate Director of OEHE, Environmental Health Services Branch Chief, and Associate Director of OEHE. In 2007, he was selected as the Southeast Regional Commissioned Corps Liaison, providing personnel services to more than 300 officers assigned to the Oklahoma City, Nashville, and Albuquerque areas.
RADM Meeks served as the Area Director of the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service from 2009 to 2017. As the Area Director, he was the senior federal official responsible for the provision of comprehensive health care services to one of the largest and most diverse service populations in IHS. RADM Meeks was ultimately promoted to the IHS Deputy Director of Field Operations in 2017, where he directed 12 IHS Area Offices and was a crucial leader in providing quality health care to 2.2 million American Indians/Alaska Natives. In 2018, RADM Meeks was awarded the Surgeon General’s Medallion by United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams and in 2019 he received the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal and the Distinguished Service Medal.