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MAY 2015




AFSA Hosts Chiefs of Mission

On March 25, AFSAhosted a

breakfast for U.S. chiefs of mis-

sion—those already serving, as

well as nominees—who were in

Washington, D.C., for the State

Department’s annual global

COM conference.

Some 40 ambassadors,

chargés and designees

attended the event at AFSA

headquarters. Other guests

included Director General of

the Foreign Service Arnold

Chacón, Director General of

the U.S. and Foreign Com-

mercial Service andAssistant

Secretary for Global Markets

Arun Kumar, Counselor to the

U.S. Agency for International

Development Susan Reichle,

State Department Counselor

Thomas Shannon Jr. and

Thomas Perriello, special rep-

resentative for the Quadrennial

Diplomacy and Development


AFSAPresident Robert

Silverman, State Vice Presi-

dent MatthewAsada, USAID

Vice President SharonWayne,

Foreign Commercial Service

Vice President Steve Morrison,

Retiree Vice President Larry

Cohen, and various AFSA

Governing Boardmembers

and professional staff also

attended the breakfast.

Pres. Silverman andVP

Asada presented a brief

overview of AFSA’s post rep-

AFSA hosted a breakfast meeting with U.S. chiefs of mission who were in Washington, D.C., for the State

Department’s annual global COM conference.

resentative program, congres-

sional advocacy and workforce

development plans, before

opening the floor for questions

and discussion.


—Debra Blome,

Associate Editor



AFSA has rolled out a new way for members to participate and stay con-

nected with each other and with the association. In the online AFSACommunity, members can post comments,

exchange ideas and communicate with one another in a closed environment accessible only to other AFSAmembers.

The AFSACommunity is now holding its first discussion, on the AFSA 2015 Governing Board election and bylaw

amendment. Use the community to discuss a candidate’s platform and positions on issues facing the Foreign Service

or specific career and professional concerns. You can also weigh the pros and cons of the proposed bylaw amendment

to rightsize the AFSAGoverning Board in 2017.

Access this discussion by logging in to the members-only area of the AFSAwebsite and clicking on “AFSACommu-

nity” in the blue navigation tab at the top of the page. (You must have a personal email address stored in your contact

information to access the AFSACommunity because work email addresses ending in .gov are inaccessible in the AFSA


Once on the AFSACommunity page, join the AFSA 2015 Governing Board Election & BylawAmendment community

to get started.

We hope the AFSACommunity provides a meaningful way to share your thoughts and collaborate with your col-

leagues. As our recent survey showed, AFSAmembers want opportunities to actively participate, particularly when

serving outside theWashington, D.C., area. AFSA is optimistic that this new benefit will allowmembers to participate in

AFSA no matter where they are living.

Questions and comments can be sent to

, with the subject line “AFSACommunity.”