The Foreign Service Journal, March 2019

70 MARCH 2019 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL AFSA NEWS USGLC Honors Diplomats and Development Professionals On Dec. 5 the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition hosted its annual Tribute Dinner. This year’s theme was “Cel- ebrating Our Diplomats and Development Professionals.” AFSA President Ambas- sador Barbara Stephenson told the audience that “we are all humbled and honored to be recognized tonight— whether we serve at the State Department, USAID, the Peace Corps, or at any of our nation’s foreign affairs agencies.” She then began her tribute to honoree Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), one of the Foreign Service Caucus co-chairs, noting that Sen. Van Hollen is “the son of a Foreign Service officer who has carried [his] parents’ legacy forward to protect and advance the work that we do every day.” Other honorees at the event included Represen- tative Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and USAID Administrator Mark Green. (See our story about Administrator Green’s remarks at the event in this month’s Talking Points on p. 22.) Pictured above, Amb. Stephenson addresses the audience. n AFSA/KIMGREENPLATE AFSAWelcomes 196th A-100 Class On Jan. 9, AFSA welcomed 39 members of the 196th A-100 Class to an evening reception at its headquarters building in Washington, D.C. The regularly scheduled recruitment lunch for this class of 82 members was cancelled due to the partial government shutdown, so AFSA invited the group to an informal gathering instead. AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson talked to the newest Foreign Service members about the func- tions of AFSA in its dual role as a professional association and labor union. All 39 of the attendees joined AFSA that evening. Class members listen as AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson welcomes them to AFSA, and then networks among them, below. INSET: A new FSO signs up to join AFSA at the event. PHOTOS:AFSA/DONNAGORMAN