UNVIE’s Neil Armstrong spacesuit statue tours Europe

The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE) was selected as the only non-U.S.-based recipient of a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Neil Armstrong spacesuit statue. Since September 2019, the statue—an exact replica of Neil...

Embassy Islamabad breaks ground on educational foundation

Chargé d’Affaires Angela P. Aggeler (center) broke ground on the first permanent headquarters of the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) along with USEFP’s Executive Director Rita Akhtar (right), and the Ministry of Foreign...
Qatari special forces and U.S. special operators encounter a simulated gunman at the Qatar Metro Station, Mar. 24, 2021, during a training exercise called Invincible Sentry 21 in Doha. Invincible Sentry represented a unique opportunity to train with Qatari partners to exercise critical crisis response capabilities. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Alex L. Smedegard

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Qatari special forces and U.S. special operators encounter a simulated gunman at the Qatar Metro Station, Mar. 24, 2021, during a training exercise called Invincible Sentry 21 in Doha. Invincible Sentry represented a unique...
Retired Foreign Service Officer John Dickson's Ralph J. Bunche Speaker Series event was held virtually, Feb. 15. Photo courtesy of the Ralph J. Bunche Library

Retired FSO shares essential history in Bunche Library Speaker Series

By Kristine Sasala “American diplomats need to do a better job learning about the history and culture of their host countries,” said retired Foreign Service Officer John Dickson during a presentation in the Ralph J....
Arab-American members of the Foreign Affairs Agencies Board meet with USAID Administrator Samantha Power (top row, second from left) to reflect on diversity, equity, inclusion, and Arab-Americans in public service, Oct. 30, 2021. Photo courtesy of Arab Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies

AAIFAA highlights Arab-Americans in government during National Arab American Heritage Month

By Rita Stephan and Dr. Charles Kiamie III Arab-Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies (AAIFAA), an official interagency employee affinity group with a membership surpassing 450 people, is celebrating its eighth anniversary in 2022. In April,...
Retirement Counselor Celeste Caldwell reviews a retirement case at her desk. Photo by Leon Lowder

Department sets retirements record in 2021

By Leon Lowder For the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office of Retirement (RET), 2021 was a banner year with 837 State Foreign Service and Civil Service employees retiring—the highest annual number on record.  This increase...
The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of NMAD’s exhibit, #FacingDiplomacy. Illustration courtesy of NMAD

Crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign bolsters #FacingDiplomacy series

By Maryum SaifeeThe National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of their #FacingDiplomacy series, March 30. The campaign is focused on building and sharing a more complete...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Pablo Paganini. Paganini smiles on the right.