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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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AFSA NEWS
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WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
CALENDAR
5/1/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
5/3/2013
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Foreign Afairs Day/AFSA
Memorial Plaque Ceremony
5/5/2013
8:00 AM
Public Service
Recognition Week
5K Run/Walk
5/22/2013
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“Master Class”
5/27/2013
Memorial Day:
AFSA Ofces Closed
6/2 - 6/7/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
6/5/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
6/6/2013
9:00 AM
Deadline for Completing
AFSA Governing Board
Online Election Ballot
6/7/2013
12:00 PM
Luncheon:
Incoming FCS Class
6/27/2013
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2013 AFSA
Awards Ceremony
THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
In March 2010, Anne Smed-
inghof joined the other
members of the Department
of State’s 151st A-100 class
(an orientation program for
new Foreign Service ofcers)
at an AFSA recruitment
luncheon in Washington,
D.C. Typical of these events,
the room was flled with
conversation, questions and
excitement as she and her
classmates embarked on
their new career.
On April 6, a little more
than three years later, Anne,
25, was killed in Afghanistan,
along with other Americans
and Afghans, by a suicide
bomber as they attempted
to deliver books to a school
in Qalat, a town in Zabul
province.
While on a diplomatic mis-
sion in Istanbul, Secretary of
State John Kerry said, “Our
State Department family is
grieving over the loss of one
of our own, an exceptional
young Foreign Service ofcer.
A brave American who was
determined to brighten the
light of learning through
books written in the native
tongue of the students that
she had never met, but whom
she felt compelled to help.
And she was met by cowardly
terrorists determined to
bring darkness and death to
total strangers.” Secretary
Kerry had met Anne during
his visit to Kabul only a week
before.
After high school in Oak
Park, Ill., a village adjacent
Together We Grieve for a Young Foreign Service Ofcer
to the west side of Chicago,
Anne attended Johns Hop-
kins University, where she
graduated with a degree in
international relations. She
joined the Foreign Service
shortly thereafter. Her frst
posting was Caracas, and
before the end of her tour
of duty there, she volun-
teered for a public diplomacy
assignment in Afghanistan,
where she was serving as an
assistant information ofcer
at the time of her death.
“For Anne, the Foreign
Service was a calling,” said
her parents, Tom and Mary
Beth Smedinghof, in their
statement after her death.
“She particularly enjoyed the
opportunity to work directly
with the Afghan people, and
was always looking for oppor-
tunities to reach out and help
to make a diference in the
lives of those living in a coun-
try ravaged by war. We are
consoled knowing that she
was doing what she loved,
and that she was serving her
country by helping to make
a positive diference in the
world. She died doing a job
she thought must be done.”
AFSA President Susan R.
Johnson added, “During the
past year the Foreign Service
family has sufered great
losses. We grieve today
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On April 6, Foreign Service ofcer Anne Smedinghof was killed by a
terrorist attack in Afghanistan. Below, a woman signs a memorial board
at AFSA.
BY DONNA AYERST, AFSA NEWS EDI TOR