From left: Project Director for Overseas Buildings Operations James Cuilla, Qatar Director of the American Affairs Department Ambassador Essa Mohamed Al-Mannai, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon, Director of Engineering and General Services Ambassador Ismail Ali Abdulla Al-Emadi, Chargé d’Affaires Ian McCary, and Michael Kowalski Procurement engineer and design manager at American International Contractors, Inc. break ground on the new embassy campus in Doha, May 9. Photo courtesy of Embassy Doha

OBO breaks ground on new U.S. embassy building in Doha

By Evan Lewis Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Brian McKeon, joined Chargé d’Affaires Ian McCary, May 9, for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction on the new U.S. embassy in...

New EAG brings working parents issues to the forefront

By Claire Kelly In 2019, Foreign Service Officer Laura Thibault started a support group for working parents with an email listserv called Working Parents @ State (WP@S). The group quickly became an advocacy engine when...
Local children sing the U.S. national anthem at Flanders Field American Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium, during the last in-person Memorial Day ceremony before it shifted online for two years during the pandemic, May 26, 2019. Photo by Serge Vandendriessche

Young voices honor the fallen

By Danielle Smith-Llera This Memorial Day, a tradition returns in-person to Flanders Field American Cemetery in Belgium. It’s not a spectacular fly-over like Charles Lindberg’s in 1927 when he dropped red poppies from the “Spirit...
Acting Office Director for Security Technology Tamika Abbott (left) and Engineering Services Center Officer in Charge Reginald Williams (center) showcase the technical systems laboratory space during a visit by Assistant Secretary Gentry Smith (right) to the Florida Regional Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Oct. 21. Photo by Eric Weiner

Panel event aims to recruit women in engineering and cybersecurity

By Kris Sivertson Recruiting the next generation of security engineering officers (SEO) is a critical need for the Foreign Service and a top priority for the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s (GTM) Recruitment Division and...
In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, U.S. Ambassador Erik Ramanathan (center) hosted a roundtable discussion with a diverse group of Swedish female leaders to discuss the shared goal of a more equal and just society. Photo by Jenny Sigurs

Embassy Stockholm celebrates International Women’s Day

By Jacqueline Jin International Women’s Day, commemorated every year on March 8, is a time to reflect on the challenges women have overcome and on the obstacles and inequality they still face today. This year’s...
Female officers of Pakistan’s National Highways and Motorway Police (NHMP) stand in front of a new, INL-funded women’s facility at the NHMP Training College in Sheikhupura, Pakistan on March 21. Photos by Mohammad Shaban

INL Pakistan supports female police officer recruitment efforts

By Robert Pickett One of the pillars of Mission Pakistan’s International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) section is to “enhance opportunities for women to access justice and to actively participate in the administration of justice.”...
From left: U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr., and Paramount Chief Reklai Raphael Bao Ngirmang cut the ribbon for Embassy Koror’s solar energy project, April 12. Photo courtesy of Embassy Koror

SPEC visits first Net-Zero Energy diplomatic facility

By Evan Lewis and Stephanie Christel Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry joined Ambassador John Hennessey-Niland and the Embassy Koror team in Palau to visit a new photovoltaic installation that will make the embassy...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivers remarks at the 16th Annual International Women of Courage ceremony at the Department of State in Washington, March 14. Photo by Freddie Everett

Women leaders forge a brighter future

By Katie Zitzer Secretary of State Antony Blinken hosted the 16th Annual International Women of Courage (IWOC) Awards in a virtual ceremony at the Department of State, March 14. First Lady of the United States,...
The Secretary’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of NMAD’s exhibit, #FacingDiplomacy. Illustration courtesy of NMAD

Crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign bolsters #FacingDiplomacy series

By Maryum SaifeeThe National Museum of American Diplomacy (NMAD) launched a crowdsourced digital storytelling campaign as part of their #FacingDiplomacy series, March 30. The campaign is focused on building and sharing a more complete...
Retirement Counselor Celeste Caldwell reviews a retirement case at her desk. Photo by Leon Lowder

Department sets retirements record in 2021

By Leon Lowder For the Bureau of Global Talent Management’s Office of Retirement (RET), 2021 was a banner year with 837 State Foreign Service and Civil Service employees retiring—the highest annual number on record.  This increase...

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