An NDF-funded X-ray scanner for vehicles located at an Egyptian inspection point. These scanners search for illicit weapons and other contraband. Photo by Paul van Son

The Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund

by John N. Conlon The Department of State has many responsibilities: maintaining relationships with overseas partners; standing up for human rights; promoting American business; and aiding American citizens overseas. Perhaps the most important of these...
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...
Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources Carol Z. Perez (center) along with members of the Office of Employee Relations, Diplotots Board and the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington cut the ribbon commemorating Diplotots new management, Oct. 2. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Diplotots One welcomes new management

The Diplotots One Childcare Center, located at the Department of State’s SA-1 building, provides onsite childcare that gives Department employees a safe and affordable environment for their children during the work day. In May,...

Pilot series delivers information to employees

The Bureau of Human Resources (HR) is piloting a new informal talk show style webinar series, Let’s Talk Talent. With a host and guest panelists engaging in conversation, the series seeks to dispel common...

Cultural concert series continues at HST

The Foreign Affairs Recreation Association (FARA) and State of the Arts Cultural Series sponsored a musical concert in the Dean Acheson Auditorium directed by Dr. Sonya Suhnhee Kim, Aug. 21. Lyric-dramatic baritone Thomas Beard...
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...
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...
Russell Palarea, an operational psychologist in the Diplomatic Security Service office gives a presentation “Mass Shootings: What You Can Do To Manage the Threat” as part of National Insider Threat Awareness Month activities, Sept. 11. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Building a culture of trust

By Jacqueline Atiles September marked the inaugural National Insider Threat Awareness Month and the Department of State enthusiastically championed this effort. Throughout the month, the Department’s Insider Threat Program offered employees educational information and activities...

Icelandic leaders discuss disability rights in D.C.

Special Advisor Ann Cody from the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor welcomed leaders of the Icelandic disability forum, Öryrkjabandalag Íslands, ÖBÍ, Aug. 26. These leaders visited Washington and New York to learn...
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....

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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.