Appointments

Appointments | November 2019

Stephen Akard - Director of the Office of Foreign Missions Stephen Akard of Indiana is the new Director of the Office of Foreign Missions. Akard previously served as senior advisor and acting chief of staff...

Jefferson Science Fellow lectures on smart cities and technology

Current Jefferson Science Fellow (JSF) Dr. Elizabeth Smela presented a lecture, “Smart Cities and Their Technologies: An introduction to smart cities and the technologies needed to implement them,” to department employees and guests, Oct....
In Memoriam

In Memoriam | November 2019

Barbara L. Dorset, 89, died Aug. 6, in Sarasota, Fla. Dorset began her career with the U.S. Army at the Pentagon and then worked at the CIA. With the United States Information Agency she...
ILO Director-General David A. Morse receives the 1969 Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the ILO from Aase Lionaes, chairman of the Nobel Committee of the Norwegian Parliament, in the Aula of the University of Oslo. Photo courtesy of ILO

History of Labor

By Thomas Whitney October 29 marked 100 years since the United States hosted the first International Labor Conference (ILC), the annual high-level meeting of the International Labor Organization (ILO) held in Washington. The Treaty of Versailles,...

Highlighting Heroes

From left: Forbes Slater; Ambassador Daniel Smith, director of FSI; Elizabeth “Lizzie” Slater; Secretary of State Michael Pompeo; DGHR Carol Z. Perez; and Charlie Slater, a retired Foreign Service officer stand for an official...

The NBA makes history in India

Last month, the U.S. Mission in India joined sports fans in welcoming the National Basketball Association to Mumbai for its first-ever pre-season games in India. U.S. Ambassador to India Kenneth I. Juster celebrated the...
A therapy dog rests during the Pooches on the Patio event, Oct. 28. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez

Pooches on the patio

As part of the Department of State’s Work Life Wellness Month and National Disability Employment Awareness Month activities, the Office of Employee Relations Work/Life Division (WLD) and the Office of Accessibility & Accommodations (OAA)...
Retirements

Retirements | November 2019

Civil ServiceCallahan, Sandra K.Gholson, Wanda D.Haycook, Stephan E.Heintzelman IV, Harry L.Hite, John M.Kraft, Ned O.Levchenko, Igor I.Melendres, Teresa R.Moon, Seung D.Mullen, Steven J.Pittarelli, Patricia Ray Bland, Billie A.Shenderey, AsyaSparrow-Walker, Michelle YWilson, Dana C. Foreign ServiceAndrew, Robert...

Diplomats in Residence share best practices

The Office of Recruitment, Examination and Employment hosted an all-hands meeting in Washington, D.C., to onboard new Diplomats in Residence (DIR) and Washington-based recruiters, Aug. 5-9. DIRs are career Foreign Service generalists and specialists...
An Afghan girl scout is given fire hose training from an Embassy Kabul firefighter, April 2019. Photo courtesy of Embassy Kabul

Fighting More than Fires

By Richard Matton Diplomacy comes in many forms. While the peace and reconciliation efforts that Embassy Kabul’s diplomats have engaged in throughout the past 18 years in Afghanistan are well documented, one of the largest...

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Making a Statement

The image is split down the middle with the "Making a Statement" logo in white on a blue background on the left, followed by the name Monica Skinner. Skinner smiles on the right.