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the Foreign Service journal

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April 2015

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April 2015

Volume 92, No. 3

Foreign

Service

AFSA News

2014 Survey—AFSA Listens to Its Members / 71 2014 Survey—State Members Respond / 72 VPVoice State: Open Plan Offices— Boon or Bane? / 74 VPVoice FCS: Some Good News / 75 Look for Your Ballot: Vote in the AFSA Election / 75 VPVoice Retiree: My Three Laws / 76 AFSAHosts Va. Congressman / 77 2014 Tax Guide: Clarification / 77 Capitol Hill Panel Discusses Women in Diplomacy / 78 Sinclaire Language Award Recipients / 79 AFSA Community: ANewWay to Engage / 79 AFSA at the Bureau of Diplomatic Security / 80 Tax News: Foreign Earned Income Exemption Denials / 80 AFSAWelcomes New Interns / 81 Helping Our Afghan and Iraqi Colleagues / 82

Columns

President’s Views / 7 How to Find the Next Bill Burns BY ROBERT J . S I LVERMAN Speaking Out / 16 Citizenship and Unwed Border Moms: The Misfortune of Geography BY AMELIA SHAW Reflections / 96 Vietnam: Endings and Beginnings BY BRUCE A . BEARDS L EY

DepartmEnts

Letters / 8 Talking Points / 12 Books / 85 Local Lens / 98

Marketplace

Classifieds / 87 Real Estate / 90 Index to Advertisers / 95

On the cover:

On the afternoon of April 29, 1975, Joe Gettier left the embassy against the

orders of the U.S. ambassador to save people. With the help of Mel Chatman and Bill Egan,

Gettier used barges pulled by tug boats at Khanh Hoi Saigon Port. Photo by Nik Wheeler,

courtesy of Anne Pham.

FOcus on THE FOREIGN SERVICE IN VIETNAM

History Revisted / 20 BY SHAWN DORMAN Viet Cong Attack on Embassy Saigon, 1968 / 22 BY AL LAN WENDT FromWhitehouse to the White House / 25 BY KENNETH QU I NN Mobilizing for South Vietnam’s Last Days / 33 BY PARKER W. BORG Saigon Sayonara / 37 BY JOSEPH MCBR I DE Finding My Heroes, Finding Myself: From Refugee Child to State Department Official / 43 BY ANNE D. PHAM Doing Social Work in Southeast Asia / 50 BY LANGE SCHERMERHORN Counterinsurgency in Vietnam: Lessons for Today / 53 BY RUFUS PH I L L I PS Vietnam Today / 63 BY MURRAY H I EBERT Return to Vietnam: Observations in 2015 / 66 BY PARKER W. BORG

Appreciation

A True Gentleman: Theodore S. Wilkinson III / 83 A lifelong AFSA member, Ted served as the association’s elected president from 1989 to 1991 and as FSJ Editorial Board chair from 2005 to 2011. BY STEVEN ALAN HONL EY