Baseball legend spreads goodwill

The Department of State’s U.S. Diplomacy Center, along with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ Sports Diplomacy office and Exchange Programs office, proudly hosted legendary Baltimore Orioles Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr....
Baku TV Tower, the tallest reinforced concrete building in the Caucasus, looks out over the city’s distinctive Flame Towers (left), and provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Azerbaijan

Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Situated at the southern extent of the Caucasus, a mountain range that broadly marks the transition between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan boasts a vibrant culture that has been...
Center: Consul General Robert Silberstein stands with six enthusiastic 2019 interns and (third from left) Human Resources Supervisor Tehmina Maqbool. Photo by Narendar Kumar

Interns promote opportunity at ConGen Karachi

By Brian Kressin The U.S. Consulate in Karachi’s internship program, which just finished its second year, was a first for Mission Pakistan. Once the consulate received approval in the spring of 2018, they reached out...
Front row, from left: Counselor T. Ulrich Brechbuhl and Ambassador Dan Smith, FSI director, join a reception with students of the inaugural One Team course in the Grove Atrium at FSI, Aug. 28. Photo by Caroline Agsten

Breaking down barriers and building cohesion

By John Berry This past July, the Department of State celebrated its 230th anniversary. As employees reflected upon the Department’s rich history, they also looked forward by rededicating themselves to their work, to their oaths...
A DSS team, sponsored by the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association (DSSSA) competes in the Dulles Day Plane Pull to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. The DSS team, along with Navy Sea Cadets volunteers pulled an 82-ton FedEx Airbus A320 12 feet, Sept. 14, 2019.

DSS competes in charity event

A Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) team, sponsored by the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association, competed in the Plane Pull at the 2019 Dulles Day Festival to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia, Sept. 14....

Embassy Bangladesh distributes school uniforms

As part of Chevron Bangladesh’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) partnership with the Dhaka Ladies Club, Ambassador Earl R. Miller together with Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Chevron Bangladesh President Neil Menzies distributed...
Adjunct faculty attend the Regional Training Workshop at the Foreign Service Institute, May 2019. Photo by Didem Lenz

Creating Opportunity

By Kerry E. Molinelli From Right: AF Director of Training Joyce Marshall and the Africa program adjunct faculty collaborate about course content, June 2019. Photo by Didem Lenz To meet the growing demand for training opportunities...
Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback speaks at a reception honoring the recipients of the inaugural International Religious Freedom Awards. The recipients and Secretary Mike Pompeo stand by as he speaks. State Department photo

Higher Calling

By Daniel Merrill Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback welcomes Secretary Mike Pompeo to the stage at the beginning of the Ministerial’s opening session. State Department photo Standing resolute on Secretary Mike Pompeo’s...
Navy Corpsmen and embassy first responders provide medical attention to an injured Marine in the simulated attack by placing a tourniquet on his leg. Photo by Gianna Messina

Embassy Madrid reinforces emergency preparedness

By Gianna Messina Twenty-three Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Europe (FASTEUR) arrived at Embassy Madrid for a weeklong embassy engagement exercise, June 9. The exercise focused on interoperability training with embassy security...

Safe Passage

By David B. Rochford Lying unconscious in the brush, the elephant’s massive rib cage rose and fell with each labored breath. With gleaming tusks the size of a human arm, his once alert eyes now...

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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 Michael Cunningham. Cunningham smiles on the right.