Staff Sergeant Christopher Liu (far left), who serves as a civil-military support element medical sergeant for Embassy Dhaka’s U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Augmentation Team, demonstrates the proper application of a tourniquet during the Medical First Responder Seminar, Jan. 5, 2020. Photo by Mary Rosary Buchanan

First responder training shows positive results in Bangladesh

By John Sanders and Kevin Dolliver Since 2014, the Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) has funded the Embassy Dhaka Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS), a training program for Bangladeshi...
Thirteen of the 14 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) graduates celebrate with SES CDP staff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe A. Lussier (third from left), and Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (center, gray jacket) after the graduation ceremony in the Burns Auditorium, Jan. 17. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Department encourages diversity among leadership

By Jameela Raja Akbari The Department of State’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) held a graduation ceremony for its most recent participants in the Burns Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building,...
Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. (right) meets with emergency management personnel at the Victorian State Coordination Center, Jan. 2020. Photo by Nicola Taylor

Unbreakable allies fight fires down under

By Tim Johnson Confronted by its worst bushfire season in decades, Australia has faced an unprecedented loss of human life, wildlife, and property, hazardous smoke, violent weather, and extreme heat beginning in the summer of...
WiSci (Women in Science) campers spend their last full day at camp exploring Tallinn’s Old Town. Photo by Julia Smart

WiSci STEAM Camp for Girls inspires innovation-driven careers

By Julia Smart Through the Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships and Girl Up, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation, Embassy Tallinn collaborated with Embassies Warsaw, Riga, and Tbilisi to host a two-week...
From left, front row: Economic Officer Jorge Banavides from Embassy Pretoria, Information Management Specialist Jason Truax, and Information Security Service Officer Chickelle Woody provide a presentation on cybersecurity to the Cape Academy of Math, Science and Technology in the Western Cape Province. Photo by Angie Naidu

Promoting cybersecurity awareness in South Africa

By Chickelle Woody The U.S. Mission to South Africa conducted outreach through a collaborative campaign that focused on providing cybersecurity awareness to the local government, students at universities and high schools, and NGOs in the...
Members of SPEAR Team Tunisia transport a wounded individual to a medevac point during the 2019 SPEAR Summit Challenge in Thiès, Dec. 5. In a demonstration of cooperation and good sportsmanship, a member of Team Niger (far right) supports Team Tunisia after one of its team members was injured during the exercise. State Department photo

2019 SPEAR Summit Challenge

By Angela French The Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Office of Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) held its second annual SPEAR Summit Challenge, a five-day tactical law enforcement training and competition for U.S.-trained Special Program for Embassy Augmentation...
In 1950, on the second anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, students at the U.N. International Nursery School in New York viewed a poster of the historic document. U.N. Photo

Department highlights human rights

By Amanda J. Richard December 10 marked the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), which identified common rights and freedoms for all people. The Department of State released a press statement...
Santa and Mrs. Claus board his “sleigh” as the Kringle Detail prepares to spread holiday cheer and deliver presents to young and old alike in Washington, D.C., and the nearby Virginia suburbs, Dec. 7. State Department photo

DSS’ “Kringle Detail” brings gifts and holiday cheer

By Barbara Gleason In early December, the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) provided an unusual protective detail for a visiting foreign dignitary, Kriss Kringle (a.k.a. Santa Claus). The annual visit, the 21st anniversary...
From left: Ambassador John J. Sullivan, FSI Director Daniel B. Smith, and FSI Deputy Director Julieta Valls Noyes attend the placement of a plaque commemorating Sullivan’s ambassadorial training at FSI. Photo by Michael Morrison

Department leader lauds ambassadorial training at FSI

By Mark C. Storella “I am convinced more than ever that all career and non-career ambassadors must take ambassadorial training before heading out to post as the president’s personal representative,” said Ambassador John J. Sullivan,...
Sports Visitor Program participants from Mexico play sitting volleyball while at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham, Ala. Photo courtesy of Cooperative Partner FHI 360

Sports Diplomacy focuses on inclusive initiatives

By Jay Aprea Through its annual slate of people-to-people exchanges, the Sports Diplomacy Division in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) manages programs that promote access and inclusion for people with disabilities through...

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