Chargé d’Affaires tries hand at traditional New Year’s game in Seoul

Chargé d’Affaires to the Republic of Korea Chris Del Corso (center) learned how to play yutnori, a traditional Korean Lunar New Year game, from Korean youth outreach coordinators at the American Center in Seoul,...

Smuggled artifacts returned to Iraq

The Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) arranged two major repatriations of ancient artifacts to the people of Iraq, demonstrating U.S. respect for Iraqi culture and adherence to the rule of law. The largest...
Retirements

Retirements | April 2022

Civil Service Avery, Victoria L.Barringer, Thomas H.Baxter, Cathy A.Brennan, Thomas J.Collins, Tony N.Coulombe, Leona M.Diemer, Eleanor G.Francis, Reneé D.Frazer, Steven R.Geary, Susan A.Hargray, Sharon D.Kulikowski, James M.Lanctot, Bruce C.Matthews, Kenneth C.Mitchell, Evelyn M.Moultrie, Thomas D.Pippin,...

DCM hosts carpool karaoke in Azerbaijan

Deputy Chief of Mission Michael Dickerson (right) and Azerbaijani Eurovision winner Eldar Gasimov (left) introduced the embassy’s new electric vehicle in a viral “carpool karaoke” style video, Feb. 18. The car, which is the...

Flashback: April 2011

State Magazine’s April 2011 cover showcased the beauty of the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, located near Belmopan, as a teaser for the issue's post of the month feature on the U.S. Embassy in Belize.  State...

Embassy Islamabad breaks ground on educational foundation

Chargé d’Affaires Angela P. Aggeler (center) broke ground on the first permanent headquarters of the U.S. Educational Foundation in Pakistan (USEFP) along with USEFP’s Executive Director Rita Akhtar (right), and the Ministry of Foreign...

UNVIE’s Neil Armstrong spacesuit statue tours Europe

The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna (UNVIE) was selected as the only non-U.S.-based recipient of a Smithsonian Air and Space Museum Neil Armstrong spacesuit statue. Since September 2019, the statue—an exact replica of Neil...
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...

OBO breaks ground on new U.S. Consulate General in Lagos

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) celebrated the groundbreaking for the new U.S. consulate general project in Lagos, Nigeria, March 31. The new consulate, designed by Ennead Architects, is located on a 12.2-acre...
Arab-American members of the Foreign Affairs Agencies Board meet with USAID Administrator Samantha Power (top row, second from left) to reflect on diversity, equity, inclusion, and Arab-Americans in public service, Oct. 30, 2021. Photo courtesy of Arab Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies

AAIFAA highlights Arab-Americans in government during National Arab American Heritage Month

By Rita Stephan and Dr. Charles Kiamie III Arab-Americans in Foreign Affairs Agencies (AAIFAA), an official interagency employee affinity group with a membership surpassing 450 people, is celebrating its eighth anniversary in 2022. In April,...

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