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our legislative agenda and increase our bargaining leverage with
management.
Forming a congressional caucus requires two elements: a lead
legislator and a compelling, bipartisan issue. For a leader, try Rep-
resentative Chris Van Hollen, D-Md. Te son of a Foreign Service
ofcer and infuential in his party, he has a strong constituent
interest in the Foreign Service, given the number of FS families in
Montgomery County, Md. (His predecessor, Connie Morella, noted
that demographic in a sidebar conversation when I testifed before
a committee on which she served.)
Ask Rep. Van Hollen to assign a stafmember to be the caucus
coordinator and to work with AFSA to recruit at least 10 other
members, fve from each side of the aisle. Ten expand the circle
from there, based onmember constituent and policy interests.
Next, ask him to help recruit a Senate counterpart with whomhe
would be comfortable.
Te compelling issue?Te safety of Foreign Service ofcers,
specialists and their families serving abroad.
In the wake of the 1998 attacks in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam,
AFSA deplored the cycle of attention and neglect that character-
ized the State Department’s approach to security, a cycle traceable
fromBeirut in 1983 to Benghazi in 2012. Foreign Service employees
and their families have seen security consistently take a back seat
to policy, as soon as the memory of the most recent tragedy begins
to fade.
Te Benghazi Accountability Review Board report stated:
“One overall conclusion in this report is that Congress must do
its part tomeet this challenge and provide necessary resources to
the State Department to address security risks andmeet mission
imperatives.” Fromdecades of experience, AFSA can state with
confdence that Congress will not do this spontaneously, and the
executive branch will not insist that it be done.
To remedy this, AFSA should enlist a caucus of senators and
representatives willing tomake a sustained commitment to the
safety our people. Tat’s what unions do.
Dan Geisler, president of AFSA from 1997 to 1999, is vice president of
Eisenhower Fellowships.
Year(s) in Ofce Name
Title
2009-present
Susan R. Johnson President
2007-2009
John K. Naland
President
2005-2007
J. Anthony Holmes President
2003-2005
John W. Limbert
President
2001-2003
John K. Naland
President
1999-2001
Marshall Adair
President
1997-1999
Daniel F. Geisler
President
1997
Alphonse F. La Porta President
1993-1997
F.A. “Tex” Harris
President
1992-1993
William A. Kirby Jr. President
1991-1992
Hume Horan
President
1989-1991
Theodore Wilkinson President
June 1987-1989
Perry Shankle
President
May-June 1987
Frank Young
President
July 1985-May 1987 Gerald Lamberty
President
July 1985
Robert Keeley
President
1982-July 1985
Dennis K. Hays
President
July 1981-1982
Charles S. Whitehouse President
May-July 1981
Antheas de Rouville President
1980-May 1981
Kenneth Bleakley President
1978-1979
Lars Hydle
President
1977
Patricia Woodring President
1976
John D. Hemenway President
1975
Thomas D. Boyatt President
Year(s) in Ofce Name
Title
1973-1974
David H. McKillop President
William C. Harrop Chairman
1972
Theodore L. Eliot Jr. President
William Harrop
Chairman
1971
Theodore L. Eliot Jr. President
Charles W. Bray III Chairman
1968-1970
Philip Habib
President
Lannon Walker
Chairman
1967
Douglas MacArthur II President
David H. McKillop Chairman
1966
U. Alexis Johnson President
John H. Stutesman Jr. Chairman
1965
Samuel D. Berger President
W.T.M. Beale
Chairman
1964
U. Alexis Johnson President
Taylor G. Belcher Chairman
1963
Lucius D. Battle
President
Elbert G. Matthews Chairman
1962
Charles E. Bohlen President
William Boswell
Chairman
1961
Livingston T. Merchant President
William L. Blue
Chairman
1960
G. Frederick Reinhart President
Thomas S. Estes Chairman
Source:
www.afsa.org/list_of_afsa_presidents.aspx
List of AFSA Presidents (and Chairmen) from 1960 to the Present