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MARCH 2013
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
2012 AFSA ANNUAL REPORT
AFSA NEWS
AFSA Awards
L I FET IME CONTR I BUT I ONS TO
AMER I CAN D I PLOMACY
This year’s annual awards ceremony took place on June
26 in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room
at the Department of State. Ambassador William Lacy
Swing received AFSA’s Lifetime Contributions to American
Diplomacy Award for his half-century of diplomatic service.
Amb. Swing expressed his gratitude for a career that allowed
him the opportunity to be present as history unfolded.
CONSTRUCT I VE D I SSENT AWARD
The 2012 winner of the William R. Rivkin Award for
Constructive Dissent by a mid-level ofcer was Joshua
Polacheck, who sent a cable challenging the thinking behind
heightened security levels at embassies and the impact on
getting the job done. No constructive dissent awards were
given in the other three categories. 
PERFORMANCE AWARDS
Leila Gupta received the Avis Bohlen Award for a Foreign
Service Family Member; Sara Hurst Butler received the M.
Juanita Guess Award for a Community Liaison Ofcer; and
the Delavan Award for a Foreign Service Ofce Management
Specialist went to James Velez. Jef Jacob was named AFSA
Post Representative of the Year.
S I NCLA I RE LANGUAGE AWARDS
AFSA also presents other awards throughout the year. The
Sinclaire Language Awards honor Foreign Service ofcers
for their outstanding accomplishment in the study of a
difcult language and its associated culture. The program
was established by AFSA through a bequest from Matilda
W. Sinclaire, a former Foreign Service ofcer. The winners
were: Nancy Abella (Dari), Eric Collings (Uzbek), Sarah Grow
(Persian/Farsi), James Hallock (Mandarin), Rebecca Hunter
(Albanian), Theresa Mangione (Vietnamese), E. Jerome Ryan,
Jr. (Japanese) and David Vincent Salvo (Serbian/Croatian).
GEORGE KENNAN WR I T I NG AWARD
AFSA also sponsors the George Kennan Writing Award, given
each year in honor of the best paper by a State Department
employee enrolled at the National War College. This year’s
winner was Michael Dixon.
Left to right: Ambassadors Bruce Laingen, William L. Swing and Thomas
Boyatt toast the winners.
The 2012 William R. Rivkin Award for Constructive Dissent winner Joshua
Polacheck.
The winners and presenters at AFSA’s annual awards ceremony.