Through the 2021 Resilience Innovation Grant, Embassy Abidjan was able to repurpose three tanks being removed from embassy residences to set up a rainwater harvesting system. Photo courtesy of Embassy Abidjan

GDI Resilience Innovation Grant Award recipients announced

By Maryam Alam The Department of State announced the recipients of the fourth annual Resilience Innovation Grant, a part of the Greening Diplomacy Initiative (GDI) Awards, June 28. Sponsored by the Bureau of Overseas Building...

Mission Türkiye hosts Juneteenth event

The U.S. Consulate in Adana hosted Mission Türkiye’s first Juneteenth reception—a Texas-style barbeque with a multimedia educational component, June 1. Approximately 45 guests, who were early and mid-career members of civil society, business, and...

Embassy Bogota celebrates Pride Month

To kick-off Pride Month activities at Embassy Bogota, Chargé d’Affaires Francisco Palmieri (center in light gray suit between flags) hosted an unveiling ceremony of a 40-foot Progress Pride Flag, June 15, displayed publicly through...
Volunteers of the Greenview Cementery Project (from left) Robert Seibel, FACT Training Coordinator Susan Taylor, James Barchanowicz, Don Chambers, Assistant Unit Chief Mark Perkins, and Todd Taylor. Seibel, Barchanowicz, and Chambers are all instructors in the Driver Training Unit. Photos courtesy of James Barchanowicz

Restoring Greenview Cemetery

By James Barchanowicz Greenview Cemetery in Blackstone, Va., is located just outside Fort Pickett, a military reserve training facility and home to the Foreign Affairs Security Training Center (FASTC) that provides lifesaving security training to...

Flashback: August-September 1983

The cover of the August/September 1983 issue of “State: The Newsletter” shows, from left: Fire Protection Officer Eddie O. Smith and Russian Caretaker Victor Yashin testing a smoke detector at the U.S. ambassador’s residence...
Air Cargo Control Unit officers are coached on proper procedures while inspecting a shipment, April 2022. Photo courtesy of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Embassy Tashkent supports counter-smuggling efforts in Uzbekistan

By Jack Anderson Criminals and terrorists often hide guns, drugs, and trafficked people in freight containers. This smuggling fuels organized crime, terrorist networks, and other illicit enterprises and continues to pose a major challenge throughout...

A Pet’s Journey

By Maureen Johnston and Sarah Genton Thousands of pets accompany U.S. diplomatic personnel overseas, which comes as no surprise to those who cherish their furry family members. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and even horses (among...
The main entrance of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels is easily noticeable from the highway by its signature 30 flags and large steel NATO Star sculpture. Photo courtesy of USNATO

USNATO

The main entrance of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels is easily noticeable from the highway by its signature 30 flags and large steel NATO Star sculpture. Photo courtesy of USNATO By Tammy...
Employee mentoring program participants from across embassy sections and agencies come together to share their mentoring experiences with their randomly-selected group members, April 25. Photo by Jennifer Prillaman

Port-au-Prince DEIA mentoring initiative draws hundreds

By Elijah Jatovsky Embassy Port-au-Prince launched its inaugural employee mentoring program, April 25, welcoming more than 200 community members who connected across sections, agencies, nationalities, and languages. “Mentor Match Day” was created in response to...
Retirements

Retirements | August 2022

Civil Service Agnew-Davis, Mavis A.Alston, Avis C.Ballentine, Craig M.Bishton, VictoriaBrice, Mark A.Bryce, Michael A.Choe, EunhwaGonzalez-Aviles, AbelardoGrant, Shelia B.Hart, Gaia Z.Howard, Natalie J.Kelly, Paula D.Mattei, Craig J.Mould, Carolyn M.Parks, Larry D.Pugliese, Millicent G.Rodgers, Tammy B.Simon, Angela...

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Making a Statement

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