THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
I want to thank you for the recentarticle, “Law Enforcement As an Instru- ment of National Power,” by Ronnie
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
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.
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
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 theMarch 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
. 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
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-
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
Security Protective Specialist
U.S. Consulate General Peshawar
An Eloquent Letter
Much in the March
interested me,but above all is the eloquent resignation letter of Timothy Lunardi.
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
Theology and the Disciplinesof 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
is not shying
away, but instead is providing resources
out of which to respond.
The Rev. Theodore L. Lewis