The Foreign Service Journal - January/February 2014 - page 10

A Fond Farewell
ot long after you read these words, we will have to look our friend and longtime AFSA colleague, Steve Honley, square
in the eye and warmly wish him a fond farewell. Reflecting on that sad task only reinforces our firm conviction that
Steve’s influence on this publication has been profound, and will be felt for many years to come.
Of the many positive attributes Steve possesses, we would spotlight two in particular: his commitment to the prin-
ciple of stewardship, and the unique care he has demonstrated for the written word.
As a good steward of AFSA’s flagship publication,
The Foreign Service Journal
, for nearly 15 years (12½ of them as its editor-
in-chief), Steve has consistently been a responsible, highly detail-oriented planner and manager of resources. That same work
ethic carries over to his care for the integrity of the written word, and his daily advocacy for the health, welfare, maintenance
and protection of the
We have seen Steve’s sincerity up close, and admire and respect that about him. As managers, we know that type of authen-
ticity is indispensible in an employee.
In his final editor’s note, Steve has graciously thanked his colleagues on the
staff for their support and hard work.
As usual, he is the first to draw attention to the team and the roles each member plays. This team will continue to engage
Foreign Service Journal
’s readership and AFSA members.
With the able leadership of former FSO Shawn Dorman—now associate editor and director of FS Books, who is moving up to
become editor-in-chief—and Senior Editor Susan Maitra, in a reconfigured publications group under the inspired guidance of
Director of Communications Kristen Fernekes, the
will continue to break new ground.
Yet before that future arrives, we must pause to embrace our colleague and friend, and give him a heartfelt sendoff. There
can be no doubt that AFSA and
The Foreign Service Journal
are losing one of the finest editors our organization has known, or
will ever know.
And on a personal level, we will deeply miss Steve, and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
—Executive Director Ian Houston and President Robert J. Silverman
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Unlike nearly all my AFSA colleagues, I’m a stubborn
holdout on joining the Facebook generation. (Similarly,
I’ve been accused of being a twit, but have yet to tweet.)
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Ave Atque Vale
Janus is being quite persnickety about revealing what lies
ahead for me, but I can promise this much: I will always be an
avid reader of the
, and a staunch supporter of AFSA and
the Foreign Service.
And who knows? You just might see my byline somewhere in
these pages at some point.
Happy trails!
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