Diplomatic Security Service Director Carlos Matus (top left) and Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gentry Smith hold a DS commemorative badge at the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, Sept. 16. The new DS commemorative badge (bottom left, and top center) imitates the original special agent badge (bottom center, and right) from 1916, purportedly designed by Tiffany & Co. in New York. State Department photos
By Julia Paccone Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) special agents received a new addition to their credentials while they protected foreign dignitaries at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76), Sept. 21-27. Rather than their typical badge, agents sported the “Diplomatic Security Commemorative Badge,” a permanent special...
From left: DACOR President James Dandridge II and UDC President Ronald Mason, Jr. sign an MOU to create a pilot partnership that will provide DACOR mentors for undergraduate students enrolled in global studies courses at the University of the District of Columbia, September 2021. Photo by Jenifer Morris
By Tom Brannan Seeking to diversify the talent pipeline leading to careers in the Department of State, DACOR—a Washington-based organization of foreign affairs professionals—and the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in September. This MOU was signed to create a pilot partnership that...
The Department’s Chief Data Officer Matthew Graviss (center) and Director of the Office of Management Strategy and Solutions Janice deGarmo (right) look on as Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Brian P. McKeon (left) signs the first-ever Enterprise Data Strategy ceremony at Main State in Washington, September 2021. State Department photo
By Matthew Graviss The September 2021 release of the Department of State’s “Enterprise Data Strategy (EDS)—Empowering Data Informed Diplomacy,” marked a major milestone in its transformation into a more data-centric organization. The Department’s first-ever data strategy recognizes data as an instrument of diplomacy and a necessity to help secure America’s...
From left: Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Embassy Kingston Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre stand for a moment of silence during the unveiling ceremony, Nov. 4. Photo by Cleo Walker Smith
By Bobby Adelson Embassy Kingston honored the late, former-Secretary of State Colin Powell, whose parents were both born in Jamaica, with a wreath laying ceremony and a permanent installation of Powell's official portrait in the chancery atrium.  Prime Minister Andrew Holness joined Chargé d'Affaires John McIntyre and the entire embassy community...
Consulate General Leipzig conducted a day of strategic outreach in the eastern German state of Thuringia for the first ever German-American Friendship Day, held in Jena, Oct. 6. Despite the far-right Alternative for Germany party winning the largest share of votes in recent elections in Thuringia, the citizens of...
From left: Ambassador to Azerbaijan Lee Litzenberger and Information Officer Alys Spensley met with internally displaced students studying English at the American Corner in Ganja, Azerbaijan’s second largest city. The embassy has partnered with the Ganja Central Library since 2007 to operate the corner and to promote English-language learning...
As part of Ghana-U.S. security cooperation, the United States is providing in-person peer-to-peer training and technical assistance to members of the Ghana Armed Forces. Deputy Chief of Mission Nicole Chulick (right side of table, far left) visited Tamale in northern Ghana in late October to meet with Ghanaian military leaders...
Chargé d’Affaires Patricia Lacina and the Country Team hosted the consuls general from Mission India’s four consulates for a “Consuls General Conclave,” during the first week of November. Normally a quarterly gathering, this was the first opportunity for Mission India’s leadership team to meet in person since 2019 due...
The DACOR Bacon House Foundation (DBHF) announced the inaugural Sherry Barndollar Rock Scholarship for meeting the education needs of Foreign Service spouses and partners, November 2021. Starting in the academic year 2022-2023, the scholarship will grant up to $4,000 for tuition annually for the education goals of the spouses...
Special Presidential Envoy John Kerry, President Joe Biden, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen, and National Economic Council Director Brian Deese participate in Session 2 on Investing in Climate Solutions at the Virtual Leaders Summit on Climate in Washington, April 22. Photo by Adam Schultz
By Ryann Howard Scientific findings have made it abundantly clear—all countries must dramatically scale up efforts between now and 2030 to meet the global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. The Leaders Summit on Climate, held in April 2021, was the Biden-Harris Administration’s first major effort to raise global support for this goal....