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12

MAY 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

LETTERS

Highlighting Diplomatic

Security

I want to thank you for the recent

article, “Law Enforcement As an Instru- ment of National Power,” by Ronnie

Catipon (March

FSJ

).

At this time in Washington, D.C., the

Bureau of Diplomatic Security needs to

advocate for itself, and we absolutely

must have the support of our Foreign Ser-

vice partners in this effort.

The article succinctly and accurately

demonstrated the unique value that DS

provides to the United States, something

that could potentially be overlooked dur-

ing this period of transition.

I truly hope the

FSJ

will continue to

highlight our efforts and the important

work that our bureau does, not just for

the diplomatic community, but for the

American taxpayers, as well.

Joe Mahoney

Resident Agent in Charge

Hot Springs, Arkansas

‘One Team, One Fight’

Is No Cliché in Peshawar

My four years of service in the United

States Marine Corps ingrained in me the

importance of the chain of command.

Whether I was conducting combat opera-

tions in Iraq or Afghanistan, or at my duty

station in Hawaii, the chain of command

was sacred.

As an 18-year-old private first class, I

did not socialize with noncommissioned

officers, and certainly not with commis-

sioned officers. The lines of demarcation

were distinct, and we all followed and

never questioned them.

While this system works fantasti-

cally in the Marines, evidenced by the

proud battle record of the Corps, at U.S.

Consulate General Peshawar, we have a

different way of doing things. After read-

ing the

March Foreign Service Journal

,

which celebrated the

centenary of the dip-

lomatic security func-

tion, I want to share

my unique experience

with this organization.

When I arrived in

Peshawar in November

2015 with five other

brand-new Security Pro-

tective Specialists hired

specifically to supplement DS special

agents in high-threat environments, I

somehow expected to see the same rigid

structure observed in the Marine Corps.

Instead, I was immediately struck

by the cohesion and camaraderie, not

defined by rank or title, of a team unified

by a common objective.

During duck-and-cover, earthquake

and overland evacuation drills, I recog-

nized that we were not just a Regional

Security Office team, but rather

a consulate

team

. Within a fewmonths of our arrival,

we had the opportunity to assist the politi-

cal chief in a discussion of American col-

lege opportunities with a room full of eager

Pakistani university students.

On any given day in Peshawar, we

may be traveling in an early morning

motorcade through one of the most

austere and dangerous locations in the

Foreign Service. By lunch, we could be

assisting the political chief in choosing

a caterer for an upcoming diplomatic

reception.

Obviously, this was not written

into the SPS job description, but I am

immensely satisfied with the exposure

to other sections that I have been fortu-

nate to experience at this unique post.

Peshawar still feels more like a

frontier town than a modern city, and in

many respects it is, being the last stop

before entering the tribal lands of Paki-

stan and Afghanistan. It will never be

confused with Paris; but for the

right person, it can be a reward-

ing experience.

It has been so for me. As I

start my second tour on our

.9-acre slice of Pakistan, I look

forward to another year of

interaction with the people of

Pakistan and challenging and

interesting security work.

Most of all, I look forward

to being a contributing member of the

consulate team, where “One Team, One

Fight” is more than just a cliché. It is our

reality.

Nicholas Durr

Security Protective Specialist

U.S. Consulate General Peshawar

An Eloquent Letter

Much in the March

FSJ

interested me,

but above all is the eloquent resignation letter of Timothy Lunardi.

The

FSJ

could scarcely be accused of

timidity in any case, but its publication

of this letter with its explicit criticism

of President Donald J. Trump showed

outstanding courage.

In my

Theology and the Disciplines

of the Foreign Service (reviewed in the April 2015 FSJ ), I described the distinc

-

tive ethos of the Foreign Service as I knew

it. It included getting the facts that one

reported back to Washington exactly

right and employing rigor in drawing

conclusions from them.

This ethos conflicts inherently with

what I perceive to be that of the Trump

administration, which has perhaps a

special potential for confrontation.

I am glad that the

FSJ

is not shying

away, but instead is providing resources

out of which to respond.

The Rev. Theodore L. Lewis

FSO, retired

Germantown, Maryland