Retirements | May 2020

Civil Service Barnes, Judson J.Blackwood, Ann S.Bounds, Julie W.Carlos, Rolando T.Christian, Steven A.Corey III, Charles W.Franks, Robert S.Gilzow, Douglas F.Gray, Ian S.Hairston, Jacqueline L.Hodgkins, Kenneth D.Karmokolias, ElinaLankowski, Carl F.Lapointe, David L.Martin, Tamara L.Merced, Debbie M.Meterko,...
From left: Locally employed staff members Hosiana Mmbaga, Monica Kapilima, Valerie Nair, and Pelagia Buberwa all served at Embassy Dar es Salaam during the 1998 attack and shared their stories of survival and resilience. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

FSNs who experienced embassy’s darkest day personify resilience and determination

By Isaac D. Pacheco On the morning of Aug. 7, 1998, al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists simultaneously detonated truck bombs with several tons of explosives in front of Embassy Dar es Salaam and Embassy Nairobi across the border...

Embassy Cairo conducts community emergency preparedness activities

The Regional Security Office (RSO) at Embassy Cairo planned and led several emergency preparedness familiarization and training activities throughout February, fostering a whole-of-community approach to the RSO’s overall security strategy. Discussions and presentations focused...
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

Making a Difference

By Young Hoang, Ph.D.
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

Preserving America’s Cultural Heritage

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. Originated as National Preservation Week in 1973, the National Trust...
Ethnic Kazakh-Chinese participants hold pictures of their family members detained in Xinjiang, China at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, Feb. 2. Photo by Ron Przysucha

Defending China’s Vulnerable Minorities

By Alyxandria Hoge In the vast deserts of the far-western reaches of China, a harrowing scene has unfolded in recent years. A massive system of internment camps into which more than 1 million members of...


By Isaac D. Pacheco  In 1964, three years after gaining its independence from the United Kingdom, Tanganyika merged with the fabled archipelago of Zanzibar to form Tanzania. For many people, Tanzania conjures images of snow-capped...

Embassy Canberra supports wildlife rehabilitation

Team members from Embassy Canberra in Australia traveled to the LAOKO (Looking After Our Kosciuszko Orphans) Snowy Mountains Wildlife Rescue to donate boxes of joey pouch liners sewn by a community group in Redding,...

North Macedonia joins the NATO alliance

North Macedonia Chargé d’Affaires Vilma Petkovska presents the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Acting Assistant Secretary Philip T. Reeker with North Macedonia’s instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in...

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Making a Statement

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