Constructing Resiliency

As part of the greening diplomacy initiative, the U.S. Mission in Geneva installed solar panels on their roof. Photo courtesy of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations By Ricky Gill With a unique worldwide portfolio in...
Baku TV Tower, the tallest reinforced concrete building in the Caucasus, looks out over the city’s distinctive Flame Towers (left), and provides breathtaking vistas of the surrounding landscape.

Azerbaijan

Story and photos by Isaac D. Pacheco Situated at the southern extent of the Caucasus, a mountain range that broadly marks the transition between Europe and Asia, Azerbaijan boasts a vibrant culture that has been...
A DSS team, sponsored by the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association (DSSSA) competes in the Dulles Day Plane Pull to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia. The DSS team, along with Navy Sea Cadets volunteers pulled an 82-ton FedEx Airbus A320 12 feet, Sept. 14, 2019.

DSS competes in charity event

A Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) team, sponsored by the Diplomatic Security Special Agents Association, competed in the Plane Pull at the 2019 Dulles Day Festival to raise money for Special Olympics Virginia, Sept. 14....
Russell Palarea, an operational psychologist in the Diplomatic Security Service office gives a presentation “Mass Shootings: What You Can Do To Manage the Threat” as part of National Insider Threat Awareness Month activities, Sept. 11. Photo by Luis A. Jimenez Jr.

Building a culture of trust

By Jacqueline Atiles September marked the inaugural National Insider Threat Awareness Month and the Department of State enthusiastically championed this effort. Throughout the month, the Department’s Insider Threat Program offered employees educational information and activities...
Retirements

Retirements | October 2019

Civil Service Baum, Ling-Ling ChengBayer, Paul J.Birdsall, Adriana P.Brown, Catherine W.Casteuble, Philippe C.Chisley, Denise L.Clancy, William E.Costen-Sykes, Rhobyn K.Dacruz, Graca A.Egan, Julie M.Engelstad, Paul F.Francis, Cheryl A.Gallagher, Robert H.Goodwin, RosemarieGraham, Lauretta E.Gross, Michael A.Heintzelman IV,...

Safe Passage

By David B. Rochford Lying unconscious in the brush, the elephant’s massive rib cage rose and fell with each labored breath. With gleaming tusks the size of a human arm, his once alert eyes now...
Appointments

Appointments | October 2019

Richard K. Bell - U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire Richard K. Bell (SFS) of Pennsylvania is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire. Bell previously served as the charge...
Navy Corpsmen and embassy first responders provide medical attention to an injured Marine in the simulated attack by placing a tourniquet on his leg. Photo by Gianna Messina

Embassy Madrid reinforces emergency preparedness

By Gianna Messina Twenty-three Marines from the Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company Europe (FASTEUR) arrived at Embassy Madrid for a weeklong embassy engagement exercise, June 9. The exercise focused on interoperability training with embassy security...
An NDF-funded X-ray scanner for vehicles located at an Egyptian inspection point. These scanners search for illicit weapons and other contraband. Photo by Paul van Son

The Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund

by John N. Conlon The Department of State has many responsibilities: maintaining relationships with overseas partners; standing up for human rights; promoting American business; and aiding American citizens overseas. Perhaps the most important of these...

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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.