Staff Sergeant Christopher Liu (far left), who serves as a civil-military support element medical sergeant for Embassy Dhaka’s U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Augmentation Team, demonstrates the proper application of a tourniquet during the Medical First Responder Seminar, Jan. 5, 2020. Photo by Mary Rosary Buchanan

First responder training shows positive results in Bangladesh

By John Sanders and Kevin Dolliver Since 2014, the Department of State’s Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) has funded the Embassy Dhaka Medical First Responder Seminar (MFRS), a training program for Bangladeshi...
Ambassador Arthur B. Culvahouse Jr. (right) meets with emergency management personnel at the Victorian State Coordination Center, Jan. 2020. Photo by Nicola Taylor

Unbreakable allies fight fires down under

By Tim Johnson Confronted by its worst bushfire season in decades, Australia has faced an unprecedented loss of human life, wildlife, and property, hazardous smoke, violent weather, and extreme heat beginning in the summer of...
Appointments

Appointments | March 2020

Kelley Eckels Currie - U.S. Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues and U.S. Representative to the Commission on the Status of Women of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations Kelley Eckels...
View from the top of the Spanish Cultural Center in Bata, Equatorial Guinea’s largest city, Jan. 30. The city’s oceanfront promenade is several miles long. Photo by Bryan Schiller

Equatorial Guinea

By Bryan Schiller On the western coast of Central Africa, just north of the Equator, lies the only country on the continent where Spanish is an official language. Many of the Embassy Malabo’s Foreign Service...
To celebrate the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Instagram debut, DSS Public Affairs launched a social media campaign called the Pic Ur Shot photo tournament, March 2. Assistant Secretary Michael Evanoff announced the campaign in a video shared on the Department’s intranet. In the DSS Pic Ur Shot tournament, photos that showcase the work of DSS will compete in four elimination rounds. Employees can vote for their favorites on the Pick Ur Shot Tournament page, and the final winning photo will be the first DSS Instagram post. Voting will continue through March 12 before the final photo is revealed. Photo courtesy of DSS

DSS social media campaign encourages employee engagement

To celebrate the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Instagram debut, DSS Public Affairs launched a social media campaign called the Pic Ur Shot photo tournament, March 2. Assistant Secretary Michael Evanoff announced the campaign in...
The Office of Conservation and Water’s 20-person team works to protect nature for people’s benefit worldwide, while also supporting the U.S. private sector. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Office of Conservation and Water

By Annie Arbuthnot Tigers poached in India, trees illegally felled in Peru, seeds stored in Morocco, and the quality of drinking water in Southeast Asia are just a few examples of what the staff in...

Diversity and Inclusion Council hosts inaugural outreach event

Dr. Ray Crawford Jr., the chief of staff of executive outreach within the Federal Student Aid Office at the Department of Education, gives a presentation “Leveraging Diversity for a More Inclusive Workplace” in the...
Thirteen of the 14 Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) graduates celebrate with SES CDP staff, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe A. Lussier (third from left), and Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Global Talent Carol Z. Perez (center, gray jacket) after the graduation ceremony in the Burns Auditorium, Jan. 17. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Department encourages diversity among leadership

By Jameela Raja Akbari The Department of State’s Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program (SES CDP) held a graduation ceremony for its most recent participants in the Burns Auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Building,...

Musical Diplomacy

The Brooklyn-based band, The Hunterones, toured Nigeria through a Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs sponsored American Music Abroad program, Jan. 17-Feb. 2. The Huntertones, who take pride in the American musical traditions of...
Marine Security Guard Detachment Commander Staff Sergeant Estephania De Leon (center) oversees a Marine security guard emergency preparedness training. Photo by Kathryn Edwards

Modern Diplomacy

By Kathryn Edwards On any given Tuesday, in the small West African nation of The Gambia, something unusual in the history of U.S. diplomacy happens; when the U.S. ambassador enters the conference room for the...

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