Amalia rests peacefully in the trees during a regional environmental officer visit to Born Free Ethiopia, May 2019. Photo by Chris Nyce

Combating wildlife trafficking through regional engagement

By Merry Walker and Chris Nyce The illegal trade in lion and cheetah cubs is prevalent in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopia-Djibouti-Somaliland shipping corridor offers an entry point into Gulf of Aden countries where...
Retirements

Retirements | November 2019

Civil ServiceCallahan, Sandra K.Gholson, Wanda D.Haycook, Stephan E.Heintzelman IV, Harry L.Hite, John M.Kraft, Ned O.Levchenko, Igor I.Melendres, Teresa R.Moon, Seung D.Mullen, Steven J.Pittarelli, Patricia Ray Bland, Billie A.Shenderey, AsyaSparrow-Walker, Michelle YWilson, Dana C. Foreign ServiceAndrew, Robert...
Appointments

Appointments | November 2019

Stephen Akard - Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Stephen Akard of Indiana is the new Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. Akard previously served as senior advisor and acting chief of staff...

Diplomats in Residence share best practices

The Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment hosted an all-hands meeting in Washington, D.C., to onboard new Diplomats in Residence (DIR) and Washington-based recruiters, Aug. 5-9. DIRs are career Foreign Service generalists and specialists...
The DS/CTS Cybersecurity Awareness Program, in coordination with the Directorate of Information Assurance, promoted this year's NCSAM message with a variety of flyers and other digital media on a dedicated NCSAM website. Illustration courtesy of DS/CTS

Diplomatic Security promotes cybersecurity awareness in an increasingly adversarial environment

By Lonnie Price From cleverly crafted emails designed to fool users into sharing personal information to foreign adversaries targeting program officials to steal sensitive information on major diplomatic initiatives, every day the Department of State’s...
From left: Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez, and Director of the Office of Civil Rights Gregory Smith sign the project charter for the creation of OAA’s new assistive technology center at the Department’s NDEAM celebration, Oct. 24. The center is scheduled to open in early 2020. Photo by Photo by Amanda J. Richard

NDEAM celebrates talent and highlights resources

By Opal F. Blackmon National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), held annually each October, recognizes the many and varied contributions of employees with disabilities. Sponsored each year by the Department of Labor’s Office of Disability...
A child—an employee family member—plants a flag on the lawn of the Embassy Addis Ababa compound in honor of the victims of 9/11. Photo by Robyn Kriel

Addis Ababa community plants flags for remembrance

By Chanh Nguyen and Robyn Lin-Justiniano The idea was a simple one. Anyone from the U.S. Embassy community who walked a lap around the Addis Ababa compound could plant a small American flag on the...
A therapy dog rests during the Pooches on the Patio event, Oct. 28. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez

Pooches on the patio

As part of the Department of State’s Work Life Wellness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities, the Office of Employee Relations Work/Life Division (WLD) and the Office of Accessibility & Accommodations (OAA)...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Pablo Paganini. Paganini smiles on the right.