The Work Life Wellness Fair at the Foreign Service Institute, Oct. 4, gave attendees the opportunity to obtain resources from more than 20 different vendors and service providers. Photo and Video by Amanda J. Richard

Work Life Wellness Month highlights workplace flexibilities

By Marjorie Bucknor The Bureau of Human Resources (HR) and the Bureau of Medical Services (MED) kicked off Work Life Wellness Month (WLWM) with motivational speaker Wendy Wollner who was introduced by the Director General...
The Office of Casualty Assistance team (from left) Deputy Director Shannan O’Bryan, Director Kirk Leach, and Program Specialist Tonyia Warren. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

The Office of Casualty Assistance

by Kirk Leach The Office of Casualty Assistance (OCA) was established within the Bureau of Human Resources (HR) in 1999 in the aftermath of the 1998 terrorist attacks at the U.S. Embassies in Nairobi and...
One of the 60 Gold Award Girl Scouts in attendance, takes notes during the question and answer session of Women in Leadership, Oct. 11. Photo by Candice Helton

Investing in Future Female Leaders

By Rachel Ingal and Nayab Khan The International Day of the Girl is a United Nations effort to draw the international community into a dialogue on how to empower and equip girls globally. In recognition...
A member of the Latvian State Police receives touch-ups to his realistic wounds during the SWORD exercise. Photo by Edgars Grundšteins

Duck and Cover

By Chad Twitty Not many regional security officers (RSOs) would welcome the opportunity to have hostile protesters gather at the gates of an American embassy and force their way onto the compound, but Embassy Riga’s...
Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations agents deliver food and water to severely damaged Fox Town on the Abaco Islands in the Bahamas, in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Sept. 6. Photo by Kris Groagn

Team Effort

By Daniel A. Durazo Hurricane Dorian made landfall on the Island of Abaco in the northern Bahamas, Sept. 1. Maximum sustained winds of 185 miles per hour and a 20-foot storm surge tore apart houses...
Pedestrians walk along the notoriously congested highway linking Kinshasa's city center to N'djili International Airport. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco


Story by Isaac D. Pacheco Rising up along the eastern bank of the Congo River, Kinshasa is a bustling metropolis with an estimated population of 11 to 13 million. As the capital of the Democratic...
An EcoGuard practices lifesaving medical interventions with fellow rangers during wilderness medicine training. The training provides the EcoGuards with the knowledge and expertise to deliver higher-echelon care and rapid transportation options. Photo courtesy of Embassy Libreville

Partnering to protect Gabon’s natural assets

By Kevin Chapla The Department of State and the Gabonese government have established a partnership to help protect Gabonese wildlife and the country’s natural beauty across thirteen national parks. This effort is supported by the...
Embassy Kathmandu’s spokesperson Andie De Arment welcomed the new cohort of the U.S Embassy Youth Council (USYC) in Nepal. The group of 55 exceptional Nepali youth leaders from across the country was selected from an application pool of more than 2,300 individuals. This year’s gender-balanced group represents the ethnic and geographic diversity of Nepal. The USYC promotes democracy, inclusion, accountability, transparency, and youth civic participation among the next generation of Nepal’s leaders and now has a network of 400-plus alumni across all sectors of Nepal. Photo by Punya Prajapati

Embassy welcomes Nepali youth leaders

Embassy Kathmandu’s spokesperson Andie De Arment welcomed the new cohort of the U.S Embassy Youth Council (USYC) in Nepal. The group of 55 exceptional Nepali youth leaders from across the country was selected from...
Center: Ambassador Kenneth I. Juster shows appreciation for dancer Lalitha Sindhuri and accompanying musicians (from left) M. Chandrakanth, D.S.V. Sastry, V.B.S. Murali, and K.L.N. Murthy by presenting Sindhuri with flowers after her performance. Photo by Rakesh Malhotra

Celebrating 225 years of U.S.-India ties

By Rosemary Higgins Artists, cultural leaders, entrepreneurs, journalists, and other friends of the U.S. Embassy in India gathered at the Roosevelt House—the residence of U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster—to celebrate the 225th anniversary...

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