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APRIL 2017


April 4

12-1:30 p.m.

Town Hall with

AFSA Governing Board


April 5

12-1:30 p.m

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

April 6

Luncheon: 145th

Specialist Class

April 6

2-3:30 p.m

AFSA Book notes:

The Dust of Kandahar

by Ambassador (ret.)

Jonathan Addleton

April 10


13th Consular Fellows Class

April 12


190th A-100 Class

April 23-28

AFSA Road Scholar Program

May 3

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

May 5

Foreign Service Day/AFSA

Memorial Plaque Ceremony

May 29

Memorial Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

June 7

12-1:30 p.m

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

June 20

4-6 p.m.

AFSA Awards Ceremony

AFSAWelcomes the New Secretary of State

On Feb. 2, the newly con-

firmed Secretary of State,

Rex Tillerson, addressed

Department of State employ-

ees at the Harry S Truman

building in Washington, D.C.

In his welcome speech, Secretary Tillerson recog-

nized the unique contribu-

tions of Department of

State employees: “You have

accumulated knowledge and

experience that cannot be

replicated anywhere else. As

your Secretary, I will be proud

to draw upon all these quali-

ties in my decision-making.”

The Secretary also spoke

of his intention to focus on

the safety and security of his

workforce, saying that his

first thought each morning

is, “Are all our people safe?”

Following the address,

AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson wel-

comed the Secretary. She

escorted him and Mrs. Til-

lerson to the AFSA memorial

wall, which honors members

of the Foreign Service who

lost their lives while serving

the United States abroad.

Ambassador Stephen-

son, the Secretary and Mrs.

Tillerson each laid a flower at

the wall and paused to honor

the sacrifice of those whose

names are etched in marble.

The memorial wall is the focal

point for AFSA’s Foreign Ser-

vice Day events, which take

place this year on May 5.

AFSA deeply appreciates

Secretary Tillerson’s gesture

of respect for our fallen col-

leagues and looks forward to

working with him to address

challenges to American

leadership abroad—and to

ensuring that the American

Foreign Service continues

to deploy all around the

world to protect and defend

America’s people, interests

and values. Even if that

means that not everyone

makes it home safely.


—Gemma Dvorak,

Associate Editor

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the AFSA memorial wall

following the new Secretary’s welcome address to State Department employees on Feb. 2.



Candidate and Voting information

for the 2017-2019 AFSA Election

Announcement of the 2017

recipient of Lifetime Contributions

to American Diplomacy Award