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54

MAY 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

AFSA and HECFAAWelcome the New Director General

On Feb. 25, the American

Foreign Service Association

and the Hispanic Employee

Council of Foreign Affairs

Agencies co-hosted a recep-

tion to welcome Ambassador

Arnold A. Chacón as the

new Director General of the

Foreign Service and Director

of Human Resources at the

Department of State. Amb.

Chacón is the first Hispanic to

hold the post of DG.

Following a welcome

fromAFSA President Robert

Silverman, Deputy Secretary

of State Antony Blinken gave

remarks paying tribute to

Amb. Chacón, a career mem-

ber of the Foreign Service for

33 years, for his dedication to

the institution of the Foreign

Service.

Deputy Secretary of

State for Management and

Resources Heather Higginbot-

tom also spoke, following an

introduction by AFSA State VP

MatthewAsada. She praised

Amb. Chacón’s enthusiasm

and support for the mentor-

ing of young staff. HECFAA

President Francisco Palmieri

introduced Amb. Chacón and

reflected on the early talks he

and Amb. Chacón had with

Secretary of State Hillary

Clinton’s transition team on

diversity and Hispanic under-

representation at State.

Taking the microphone,

Amb. Chacón remarked that

as DG, he seeks to empower

the workforce and aims to

build on what HECFAA has

already done.“I fully embrace

this responsibility,” he said.

He also described his goal

to increase diversity in the For-

eign Service in the broadest

sense, from race to gender

and those with disabilities.

Amb. Chacón previously

served as ambassador to

Guatemala, deputy chief of

mission in Madrid and deputy

executive secretary in the

Executive Secretariat. He

has also served in Honduras,

Mexico, Chile, Italy, Peru and

Ecuador, as well as the U.S.

Mission to the United Nations

in NewYork. His wife, Alida

Chacón, is also an FSO.

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–Brittany DeLong,

Assistant Editor

From left: HECFAA President Paco Palmieri, Deputy Secretary of State for

Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom, Director General of

the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources at the Department

of State Ambassador Arnold Chacón, Deputy Secretary of State Antony

Blinken and AFSA President Robert Silverman.

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