Preparing for Action

U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen work with the Croatian Special Police to rescue the VIP from an attack on her armored car. Photo by Zeljko Straga
By Dana Sanders and Matt Warin As a detachment of Pararescuemen (PJs) aboard two HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopters circle the skies above Zagreb, embassy personnel...

Beginning Anew

A nighttime view of Matamoros’ new consulate building. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
Above: A nighttime view of Matamoros’ new consulate building. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations By Moises D. Mendoza For Alexander Raley, project...

Evacuation Support

Courtney Colbert from the Family Liaison Office discusses the life cycle of an evacuation during an evacuation and drawdown panel at the Foreign Service Institute, August 5. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Wyokemia Joyner Evacuations from post are certainly not new to the Department of State. Since 1988, the Department has managed more than 350 evacuations...

A Defector’s Journey

Fourth from right: Ambassador Harry B. Harris Jr. meets with North Korean defector students during the 2019 launch of the U.S. Embassy’s English Access Program. Photo courtesy of Embassy Seoul
By Alexandra Langford Many defectors from North Korea brave journeys of thousands of miles, hazardous crossings, years of hardship apart from their families and the...

Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance

AVC Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas G. DiNanno inspects a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D, June 2019. AVC participation in nuclear deterrence assurance dialogues with key U.S. allies underscores our mutual defense commitments. Photo courtesy of AVC
Above: AVC Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas G. DiNanno inspects a Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile launch facility at Minot Air Force Base, N.D, June...

Built Together

Above: Artist’s rendering of the new chancery building. Image courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Building Operations By Rob Force This year marks the 70th anniversary...

Future Focused

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stands with Secretary Mike Pompeo as they present a cake in honor of the Department's 230th anniversary celebration program, July 29. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez
By Amanda J. Richard The Department of State became one of the first federal agencies when the First Federal Congress of the United States established...

An Auspicious Anniversary

The Administration Bureau’s Media Services Division staff focus on sound and video while filming the interview from multiple angles. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.
By Isaac D. Pacheco Last year, President Donald Trump tapped former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo to serve as the nation’s 70th...

Annual Homecoming

From left: Judy Ikels, Carol Z. Perez, director general of the foreign service and director of human resources and William R. Brownfield pose after being presented with the 2019 Director General Civil Service Cup and the Director General Foreign Service Cup, May 3. Photo by Heidi Howland
Above: From left, Judy Ikels, Carol Z. Perez, director general of the foreign service and director of human resources and William R. Brownfield meet...

Secure Departure

RSO Caracas security personnel check vehicles prior to the motorcade carrying embassy personnel to the airport, March 14, in Caracas, Venezuela. Photo by Joel Gomez
By Angela French Ordered departure: It rarely happens, but when it does the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) makes sure it is done...