The Foreign Service Journal - May 2014 - page 33

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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MAY 2014
33
Members of the U.S. Foreign Service share moments from their careers.
FOREIGN SERVICE STORIES
What Makes
Us Proud
I
n commemoration of the 90th anni-
versary of the modern Foreign Service,
AFSA has redoubled its efforts to deepen
public understanding of diplomacy,
development and foreign affairs, and
to celebrate the accomplishments of the
men and women from all corners of
America who serve—and have served—
in U.S. foreign affairs agencies.
There’s no better way to do this than sharing the
stories of the Foreign Service. And there is no one
better able to tell those stories than our members,
both active-duty and retired.
AFSA asked members to send brief notes, 100
words or so, about the time when they were most
proud to be part of the U.S. Foreign Service. Please
enjoy this sampling of the great variety of stories we
have received.
—Shawn Dorman, Editor
D O M I N I C A N R E P U B L I C
“An Angel from the Embassy”
By Corinna Ybarra Arnold
Hometown: Brownsville, Texas
In January 2010, I was in the Dominican Republic when the
earthquake occurred in Haiti. Once we heard that people were
going to be evacuated to Santo Domingo, my colleagues and I
were deployed to an airport hangar to work with the military on a
welcoming center for them. We worked all day to make the space
comfortable and to get the evacuees essential items for their stay.
I could not have been prouder to be a part of the Foreign Service
when the first plane full of survivors came in late that evening.
When one man I visited in the hospital after 2 a.m. said it was
his wedding anniversary, I told him he should call his wife. He
called and told her, “I am in the Dominican Republic, and an
angel from the embassy just handed me her personal phone to
call you.” It was an amazing moment. I will never forget that day
and those we served.
90TH ANNIVERSARY OF AFSA AND THE FOREIGN SERVICE
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