Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage

The Old Tangier Legation in Morocco was gifted to the United States on May 17, 1821 from Sultan Moulay Suliman as a token of appreciation for the Moroccan-American Treaty of Friendship that had been signed in 1786. In 1777, Morocco was the first country whose head of state recognized the newly independent United States. The Legation was added to the U.S. National Register in 1981 and was made a National Historic Landmark in 1982. Photo by saiko3p
By Tobin Tracey National Preservation Month, celebrated every May, is a global celebration that highlights the nation’s heritage through historic places and their meaningful stories....

Making a Difference

Members of the ECS team, from left: Dr. Chantay White, Dr. Young Hoang, Jackie Pouncy-Smith, Dr. Vivian Sheliga, Amy Mallory-Smith, Amelia Goodyear, Pollenetta Douglas, Kristin Scholl, and Paulette Baldwin. Photo courtesy of ECS
By Young Hoang, Ph.D.

Surviving the Outbreak

ConGen Wuhan staff provide instructions on luggage handling procedures to U.S. citizen evacuees at the Wuhan International Airport, Jan. 28. Photo by Jamie Fouss
By Russell J. Westergard

Champions of Diplomacy

By Amanda J. Richard The first floor of the Harry S. Truman Building was a bustling hive of activity, Feb. 25-26, as leaders of the...

Friendship Forest

Ambassador George Glass and his wife Mary plant pine trees in the U.S.-Portugal Friendship Forest during FestVerde. Photo courtesy of Embassy Lisbon
By Krystle Norman Ambassador George Glass and his wife Mary arrived in Portugal in August 2017, just as the country was experiencing the deadliest wildfire...

Mission Professionals

Ambassador Stephanie Sullivan shakes hands with school children during a tour of the Northern Region of Ghana, March 14, 2019. Photo by Archibald Sackey
By Stephanie S. Sullivan Advancing America’s image in Ghana is a Mission-wide effort that directly supports the Trump Administration’s Africa Strategy. Embassy Accra’s interagency public...

Supporting Davos Event

President Donald J. Trump meets with Ambassador Ed McMullen (right of center) and the WEF support team, Jan. 22. Photo courtesy of The White House
By Mike Taylor For 51 weeks of the year, the Swiss mountain village of Davos is the picture of Alpine tranquility. Brightly-dressed skiers and hikers...

Steady Workforce

By Cynthia Nelson Over the past 10 years, attrition rates in the Foreign Service (FS) and Civil Service (CS) have remained relatively constant and below...

Modern Diplomacy

Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Estephania De Leon (center) oversees a Marine security guard emergency preparedness training. Photo by Kathryn Edwards
By Kathryn Edwards On any given Tuesday, in the small West African nation of The Gambia, something unusual in the history of U.S. diplomacy happens;...

Broader Mission

Consular Professional Courtnay Rosenberger (seventh from the right) with consular colleagues and airmen during the 2019 Consular Leadership Day at Al Udeid Air Force Base in Doha, Qatar. Photo courtesy of the Al Udeid Air Base
By Courtnay Rosenberger and Chris Breding  The Department recently celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Consular Affairs Appointment-Eligible Family Members (CA-AEFM) program, which allows EFMs...