Ghulam R. Khan, a locally employed staff member who served as a supervisory immigrant visa specialist at the U.S. Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, retired, Feb. 14, after 42 years of government service. Photo by Asad Abdulkarim

Visa specialist retires after 42 years of service

Ghulam R. Khan, a locally employed staff member who served as a supervisory immigrant visa specialist at the U.S. Embassy Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, retired, Feb. 14, after 42 years of government service. In...
OBO’s Director Tad Davis presented the Franklin award to representatives from 13 posts, in recognition of their superior performance in the program and their contribution to this life-saving mission. Photo by Dan Petersen

DriveCam Workshop reduces risk and saves lives

The Office of Safety, Health and Environmental Management in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) coordinated a workshop for posts who participate in the Department of State’s event data recorder program. Vehicle event...
Moderated by Anya Creightney from the Library of Congress’ Poetry and Literature Center, the event featured authors Irene P. Mathieu, Jessica Mehta and Nina Murray who shared excerpts from their published works and spoke about their experiences being poets as cultural emissaries. Photo by Amanda J. Richard

Poets share excerpts, act as cultural emissaries

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Ralph J. Bunche Library in partnership with the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, featured four women writers as part of their Speaker Series, April 22. Moderated...
A mentor meets with mentees.

Fostering relationships mentor to mentee

The Council for Career Enhancement and Professionalization (CCEP), one of 14 employee affinity groups at the Department of State, hosted a speed mentoring event, April 17, where four Department leaders gathered to offer their...
Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for the Department of State and U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) at U.S. Embassies abroad when they lost their lives. Representatives from the USAGM attended, as well as principal officials from the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and each of the regional bureaus of the LE staff honored. “[LE staff] are truly the backbone of our institutions. Their work is indispensable to advancing our foreign policy goals at more than 276 embassies and consulates worldwide,” said Lussier.

Department honors lives of fallen LE Staff

Bureau of Human Resources Deputy Assistant Secretary Philippe Lussier gave remarks at the locally employed (LE) staff nameplate unveiling ceremony last December. The event honored the lives of seven LE staff who worked for...
The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a tour of American businesses that are technology and innovation leaders in the Indo-Pacific. The InnovateTour of Citi, Google, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, HP Singapore, nuTonomy, Procter & Gamble, Unilever and Verizon gave participants a chance to learn firsthand about the innovative programs and approaches driving these companies. The 2018 YSEALI Summit, which marked the program’s 5th anniversary, was titled “U.S. and ASEAN–Partners in Growth and Innovation.”

Ambassador’s visit highlights socio-economic relations

The 2018 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Summit in Singapore sent 125 YSEALI participants from all 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States on a...
Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison presents a pin to a Kyiv Patrol Police Academy graduate during a visit to Ukraine last October. Through a partnership with Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs, INL supported the overhaul and rollout of the more than 16,000-member Patrol Police nationwide, which replaced the corrupt and inefficient traffic police with a protect-and-serve force. Public approval for the new Patrol Police units reached an unprecedented 70 percent shortly after the launch. This major police reform also improved public perception of the police force from less than 1 percent of the public fully trusting the police in 2013 to nearly 45 percent today.

INL supports major police reform in Ukraine

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Assistant Secretary Kirsten D. Madison presents a pin to a Kyiv Patrol Police Academy graduate during a visit to Ukraine last October. Through a partnership...
From right: CEO of the Boston Marathon organizing body Tom Grilk joined Boston Marathon winners Lisa Rainsberger (1985) and Greg Meyer (1983) as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ sports envoys to Egypt, Oct. 23–28, 2018. The three runners mentored Egyptian race organizers from Alex Runners and Cairo Runners and held clinics for local runners, women and youth, including a 5K run past the Giza Pyramids.

Sports envoys stride into Pharaoh Fun Run

From right: CEO of the Boston Marathon organizing body Tom Grilk joined Boston Marathon winners Lisa Rainsberger (1985) and Greg Meyer (1983) as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ sports envoys to Egypt,...

Education helps displaced communities return home

To help facilitate the safe return of Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State group (IS), commonly referred to as ISIS, the Department of State supports explosive hazard risk education that equips displaced communities with...
World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21, to celebrate Women’s History Month. The event kicked off ECA’s “Step In, Dream Big” initiative ahead of the 2019 Women’s World Cup to tap into the power of role models, encouraging girls to step into their potential and realize their dreams. Youth athletes, coaches and advocates from Tanzania (where Morgan served as a Department of State sports envoy in 2017) and 20 U.S. embassies, consulates and American centers in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and South and Central Asia interacted live with Morgan for a 45-minute question and answer session.

Olympian Alex Morgan participates in ECA social media event

World Cup champion and Olympic gold medalist Alex Morgan joined the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), the Bureau of International Information Programs and Mission Tanzania for a Facebook Live event, March 21,...

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