Unlikely ‘Consular District’

From left: Locally employed staff member Rohan Wilson, American Citizen Services Unit Chief Bill Torrance, Public Affairs Officer Bobby Adelson, Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre, and Coast Guard Attaché Lt. Cmdr. Jason Hathaway at the entrance to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, September 2021. Photo by Bobby Adelson
From left: Locally employed staff member Rohan Wilson, American Citizen Services Unit Chief Bill Torrance, Public Affairs Officer Bobby Adelson, Chargé d’Affaires John McIntyre,...

Enduring Dedication

Six golden stars over black background.
By Amanda McCarthy Serving at more than 270 diplomatic missions worldwide, Foreign Service Nationals (FSNs) make up nearly 65% of the Department of State’s workforce...

Recognizing Service

By Amanda McCarthy The Department of State’s annual award ceremony honors a select number of individuals that have made outstanding contributions to American diplomacy. For...

Informing Civil Servants

By Tommye L. Grant In 2021, the Civil Service Association (CSA) celebrated 10 years as an officially chartered non-union employee association at the Department of...

Recruiting for the Future

Diplomat in Residence for Central South J. Nathan Bland (far right) hosted former Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch (second from right) for a virtual recruitment event broadcast from Bland’s host institution, Tulane University. Tulane’s Assistant Dean Eddy Cruz (left), and Senior Associate Dean Amjad Ayoubi (second from left) both participated in the event. Photo courtesy of J. Nathan Bland
Diplomat in Residence for Central South J. Nathan Bland (far right) hosted former Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Carl Risch (second from right) for...

Women of OBO Construction

Women of the construction site team at the new office annex project in Kampala gather outside of the embassy. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations
By Misty Boykin, Susana Kyrgos, Molly McCormick, Sonia M. Miranda-Palacios, and Susan Patton  In March 2011, an article in State Magazine highlighted 10 women serving...

Documenting Diplomacy and Writing History

Members of the Foreign Relations Division of the Historical Office photographed in the Harry S Truman Building, 1963. Photo courtesy of the Office of the Historian
By Adam Howard, Kristin Ahlberg, and Joshua Botts In 2021, the Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI’s) Office of the Historian (OH) celebrated three important anniversaries: the...

Creating Community

Mission Thailand’s Charge d’Affaires Michael Heath (11th from left) hosts a dinner for Federal Women’s Program (FWP) members and Thai women parliamentarians at the chief of mission’s residence, March 2021. FWP members from multiple agencies and sections joined the dinner. Photo courtesy of Mission Thailand
Mission Thailand’s Charge d’Affaires Michael Heath (center right) hosts a dinner for Federal Women’s Program (FWP) members and Thai women parliamentarians at the chief...

A Global Response

A collage of photos in a diamond-shaped grid show an assortment of photographs representing the global response following the evacuation in Kabul.
Compiled by Isaac D. Pacheco, Amanda McCarthy, and Luis A. Jimenez Jr. In the wake of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, the United...

A Knock at the Door

U.S. prisoners of war during the Battle of the Bulge, where the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion—the Wereth 11’s military unit—saw half its members killed or captured during an early German advance in December 1944. Photo courtesy of Source Deutsches Bundesarchiv
U.S. prisoners of war during the Battle of the Bulge, where the 333rd Field Artillery Battalion—the Wereth 11’s military unit—saw half its members killed...