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...
Rich Vinnacombe, deputy director of the Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization, speaks to attendees at the 25th Annual Awards ceremony in Rosslyn, Va., Oct. 16. Photo by Isaac D. Pacheco

Small businesses recognized at 25th annual OSDBU awards ceremony

By Anna Urman The Office of Small Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s (OSDBU) mission is to help small U.S. businesses obtain contracts with the Department of State in compliance with statutory requirements. An important part of that...

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...

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....
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...
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....

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...
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...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam | October 2019

James F. Anderson, 98, died July 10, in McLean, Va. Anderson served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a captain and navigator during World War II. He later joined the Department of State...

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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 Kasirat "Bo" Villa. Villa smiles on the right.