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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JANUARY 2012
53
AFSA NEWS
recruited more than 40 vol-
unteers from fve countries
to share their experiences in
teaching, literacy, art, music
and physical education. The
volunteers also provided
fresh food for the school
meals and established a
functional library.
The following awards were
also presented:
The 2012 Eleanor
Dodson Tragen Award
To retired Foreign Service
ofcer Tom Gallagher for his
contributions to the well-
being of FS employees and
families.
The 2012 Lesley
Dorman Award
To Debbi Miller for her out-
standing service to AAFSW
and the Foreign Service com-
munity.
SOSA recipients receive
airfare to Washington,
$2,500, a pin and a certif-
cate signed by the Secretary
of State.
Since its inception more
than 20 years ago, SOSA has
recognized more than 400
nominees for their outstand-
ing volunteer service in more
than 130 countries around
the world. SOSA is admin-
istered by the Associates of
the American Foreign Service
Worldwide, the non-proft
organization supporting For-
eign Service family members.
To learn more about
AAFSW and SOSA, please
visit www.aafsw.org/awards-
scholarships/sosa/sosa-the-
2012-winners.
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Dissent: About National Interest, Not
Individual World Views
Recognize Exemplary Performance
AFSA Dissent Awards recog-
nize Foreign Service person-
nel who ofer constructive
criticism and alternative
policy and management
options. AFSA is proud to
honor constructive dissent
and the ability to express
it appropriately. It takes
courage to dissent and it is
important that the leadership
and culture of any organiza-
tion provide the space for
individual members to do so.
Constructive and well-rea-
soned dissent is rooted in our
fundamental national values.
Ambassador Thomas Boyatt,
a former AFSA President, has
summed it up well, “Dissent
is about the national interest,
not about individual world
views.”
AFSA honors and seeks
to promote a culture that not
only tolerates, but encour-
ages informed, thoughtful,
professional, and principled
argument over varied issues.
We do it through our Rivkin,
Harriman and Herter Dissent
Awards, recognizing sig-
nifcant constructive dissent
providing well-reasoned
alternative approaches to
both policy and implementa-
tion strategies.
Each year within the ranks
of the Foreign Service, some
of us voice constructive dis-
sent about policy or policy
implementation. Too often,
far too few of us hear about
it and too much courageous
dissent is not recognized.
What distinguishes the pro-
fessional is the willingness
to speak out after careful
study and refection, if one
is convinced of the value
and importance of changing
course or to an alternative
policy.
We invite you to nominate
a colleague who has voiced
dissent courageously and
professionally for one of the
AFSA dissent awards. Award
categories are found at www.
afsa.org/awards. Though we
encourage nominations year
round, the deadline for the
2013 Awards Ceremony is
February 28th. Please send
your nominations to Perri
Green at
green@afsa.org.
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BY SUSAN JOHNSON, AFSA PRES IDENT
Don’t let this year pass with-
out submitting a nomination
for an AFSA Performance
Award. We know you know
someone at post making a
positive diference.
AFSA ofers three annual
awards for exemplary
performance of assigned or
voluntary duties at an over-
seas post:
• The Nelson B. Delevan
Award: for a Foreign Service
ofce management specialist
who has made a signifcant
contribution to post or ofce
efectiveness and morale
beyond the framework of
his/her job responsibilities.
• The M. Juanita Guess
Award: for a community
liaison ofce coordinator who
has demonstrated outstand-
ing leadership, dedication,
initiative or imagination in
assisting ofcial Americans
serving at an overseas post.
• The Avis Bohlen Award:
for a Foreign Service eli-
gible family member whose
relations with the American
and foreign communities at
post have done the most to
advance the interests of the
United States.
Winners receive a cash
prize of $2,500 and will be
honored at a ceremony in
late June in the Benjamin
Franklin Room at the State
Department.
Information on nomina-
tion procedures and guide-
lines can be found at
www.
afsa.org/awards. Th
e dead-
line for submitting nomina-
tions for all of the awards is
February 28, 2013.
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BY PERR I GREEN, AFSA COORDINATOR , SPECI AL AWARDS AND OUTREACH