Sandra F. Sheskin, featured on the cover of the July 1962 issue of the Department of State Newsletter (later State Magazine), impresses the Great Seal of the United States on a presidential commission. The Great Seal, which celebrated its 240th anniversary as a symbol of the nation’s sovereignty, June...
Embassy Manama held its first post-COVID Independence Day celebration, relaunching Bahrain’s diplomatic events calendar and engaging a record number of top-tier government officials, May 16. Ambassador Steven C. Bondy (center, in navy suit) highlighted the longstanding ties between the United States and Bahrain—a major non-NATO ally and host of...
Secretary of State Antony Blinken (center right) met five Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) fellows (from left) Facundo Cajen from Argentina, Georgia Barbosa Silva from Brazil, Gerardo Perez from the Dominican Republic, Jose Villatoro from El Salvador, and Bevon Charles from Grenada at the Summit of the...
To kick-off Pride Month activities at Embassy Bogota, Chargé d’Affaires Francisco Palmieri (center in light gray suit between flags) hosted an unveiling ceremony of a 40-foot Progress Pride Flag, June 15, displayed publicly through July 3. Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, an employee organization, led the event...
Collin Walsh, a foreign affairs officer in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s (DS) Office of Rewards for Justice, earned a 2022 Employee of the Year award from “CAREERS and the disABLED” magazine for his resilience, professional accomplishments, and commitment to advocacy for persons with disabilities. Walsh’s work in leading...
The public affairs section at the U.S. Consulate General in Shanghai hosted three artists, June 8, for a virtual event in honor of Pride Month called “Art Brings Beauty to Our World: SPACE 33 Virtual Tour and Stories from Featured Artists.” Artists Hu Jiamin (upper right), Yang Yi (lower...
Staff member from Embassy Banjul and former national broadcaster Fatoumata Ceesay (left) interviewed Emmanuel D. Joof (right), chair of the Gambian National Human Rights Commission, for “U.S. Embassy Gambia Today,” a podcast series featuring leaders shaping the U.S.-Gambian partnership, May 23. Joof discussed his commission’s work, the Department of...
The U.S. Consulate in Adana hosted Mission Türkiye’s first Juneteenth reception—a Texas-style barbeque with a multimedia educational component, June 1. Approximately 45 guests, who were early and mid-career members of civil society, business, and local government, attended to learn about the history of the holiday and enjoy the consulate’s...
Ambassador to the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Laura S. H. Holgate (front row, second from left) chaired an International Gender Champions (IGC) Vienna Hub meeting, June 14, acknowledging their 5th anniversary. The IGC meeting was attended by more than 70 gender champions, alumni, and supporters. During...
The cover of the August/September 1983 issue of “State: The Newsletter” shows, from left: Fire Protection Officer Eddie O. Smith and Russian Caretaker Victor Yashin testing a smoke detector at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in a rather unorthodox manner after it was reported broken. State Magazine archive