Retirements | July 2020

Civil Service Batt, Eugene P.Blackwood, Ann S.Campbell, Michael A.Cole-Misch, Sara A.Crews, Earnest C.Dehm, Kathleen A.Douglass, William H.Edwards, Roger L.Park, KookheePrice, Patricia V.Rudd, Lisa J.Spencer, Aida L.Via Aaron, Susan M.Wood, Michael T.Zafke, Larry R. Foreign Service Brown, Judith...

Video Captioning @ State celebrates fifth anniversary

Video Captioning @ State (VC@S) celebrated their fifth anniversary as an integral Department of State program, May 2020. The Department produces or uses thousands of videos per year for internal and external audiences, both...

Consulate Melbourne hosts virtual iftar

Photo courtesy of ConGen Melbourne

Marine Security Guards pay tribute to fallen veterans

Even during these unusual times, deeply rooted traditions remain. The Marine Security Guard (MSG) detachment at Embassy Luxembourg continued the long-standing custom of honoring the fallen during Memorial Day weekend. MSG Marines participated in...

Singing amid the pandemic

Photo by Walid Zafar
The Rambla of Montevideo is an avenue that goes all along the coastline of Montevideo, Uruguay, and also the longest continuous sidewalk in the world. At a length of over 22.2 uninterrupted kilometres, the promenade runs along the Río de la Plata and continues down the entire coast of Montevideo. Photo by Alejo Vazquez Young


By Jacqueline D. Mourot Often overshadowed by its larger and more well-known neighbors, Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay is a beacon of democratic and economic stability in Latin America. Uruguay’s democratic government, strong institutions, and strategic...
Staff members from Consulate Azores virtually attend a meet-and-greet with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Ambassador to Portugal George Glass (center), hosted at Embassy Lisbon, Dec. 5, 2019. Photo courtesy of Embassy Portugal

Consulate Azores celebrates 225 years of diplomacy

By Kathryn Hammond Portugal’s Azores islands, an archipelago in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean, celebrates the 225th anniversary as the oldest continually operating U.S. consulate in the world, July 7. Opened in 1795...
The 4,905-passenger cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, which is part of the Royal Caribbean International fleet, is one of 29 luxury liners that the Department of State personnel across Australia tracked during the coronavirus pandemic in early 2020. The vessel is pictured here docked near the landmark Sydney Harbor Bridge at Circular Quay, Sydney, Jan. 2. Photo by Paul Giblin

Sea Odyssey

By Paul Giblin When the coronavirus pandemic washed over the globe, U.S. consular staff members across Australia located and tracked thousands of Americans who were at sea on cruise ships as governments worldwide closed their...
Members of OBO’s Strategic Priorities team met virtually for their Quarterly Program Review (QPR) planning session, May 27. The QPR briefing is a great way for the team to assess the progress made in each key area over the past quarter. Photo by Christine Foushee

Revising Priorities

By Donna McIntire-Byrd Early into the tenure of Director Addison “Tad” Davis IV at the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), the bureau established a set of strategic goals—Security, Resiliency, and Stewardship—to align OBO’s operations...

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