Members of Marine Security Guard Detachment Karachi demonstrate a method of carrying an injured person without a stretcher during Karachi’s Emergency Preparedness Fair, Feb. 25. Photo by Narendar Kumar

Team Readiness

Members of Marine Security Guard Detachment Karachi demonstrate a method of carrying an injured person without a stretcher during Karachi’s Emergency Preparedness Fair, Feb. 25. Photo by Narendar Kumar By Rylan Hussey “If we wait until...

A Pet’s Journey

By Maureen Johnston and Sarah Genton Thousands of pets accompany U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas, which comes as no surprise to those who cherish their furry family members. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and even horses (among...

Office of Global Criminal Justice

By Lucy Seyfarth In the spring of 2022, the world watched as Russia relaunched an unjustified and brutal war in Ukraine. Amid the immediate action in response to Russia’s aggression came a global recognition that...
Volunteers of the Greenview Cementery Project (from left) Robert Seibel, FACT Training Coordinator Susan Taylor, James Barchanowicz, Don Chambers, Assistant Unit Chief Mark Perkins, and Todd Taylor. Seibel, Barchanowicz, and Chambers are all instructors in the Driver Training Unit. Photos courtesy of James Barchanowicz

Restoring Greenview Cemetery

By James Barchanowicz Greenview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va., is located just outside Fort Pickett, a military reserve training facility and home to the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) that provides lifesaving security training to...
Through the 2021 Resilience Innovation Grant, Embassy Abidjan was able to repurpose three tanks being removed from embassy residences to set up a rainwater harvesting system. Photo courtesy of Embassy Abidjan

GDI Resilience Innovation Grant Award recipients announced

By Maryam Alam The Department of State announced the recipients of the fourth annual Resilience Innovation Grant, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards, June 28. Sponsored by the Bureau of Overseas Building...
Local Guard Force trainers Burim Hamiti (left) and Oliver Spirkovski (right) provide instruction on packing a wound to Oksana Onasenko from post’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement section, as part of first aid training at the Military of North Macedonia’s Ilinden Barracks, during a mission-wide disaster drill, May 16. Photo by Tatjana Hadji-Andova

Skopje’s Health Unit implements innovative training program

By Holly Paul Health Units (HU) at U.S. embassies worldwide have long played a key role in providing medical preparedness training and ensuring that diplomats serving overseas are safe and ready for medical emergencies.   Embassy Skopje’s...
Employee mentoring program participants from across embassy sections and agencies come together to share their mentoring experiences with their randomly-selected group members, April 25. Photo by Jennifer Prillaman

Port-au-Prince DEIA mentoring initiative draws hundreds

By Elijah Jatovsky Embassy Port-au-Prince launched its inaugural employee mentoring program, April 25, welcoming more than 200 community members who connected across sections, agencies, nationalities, and languages. “Mentor Match Day” was created in response to...
Air Cargo Control Unit officers are coached on proper procedures while inspecting a shipment, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Embassy Tashkent supports counter-smuggling efforts in Uzbekistan

By Jack Anderson Criminals and terrorists often hide guns, drugs, and trafficked people in freight containers. This smuggling fuels organized crime, terrorist networks, and other illicit enterprises and continues to pose a major challenge throughout...

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