Foreign Service Journal - June 2013 - page 45

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JUNE 2013
45
AFSA NEWS
WOMEN IN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT
FOCUS
AFSA NEWS
On May 3, Foreign Affairs Day,
AFSA held its 80th annual
Memorial Plaque ceremony,
honoring eight fallen Foreign
Service personnel who gave
their lives in service to the
United States and the Ameri-
can people. AFSA President
Susan R. Johnson introduced
Vice President Joseph Biden
and Secretary of State John
Kerry to the 110 family mem-
bers and friends seated in
the Department of State’s C
Street lobby.
It was a solemn and
historic occasion, marked
by the words of condolence
spoken by the vice president
and secretary of state. Each
of the heroes, whose names
are now inscribed in marble,
were remembered for their
dedication, fearlessness
Honoring Heroes: AFSA’s Memorial Plaque Ceremony
BY JENNIFER LOWRY, AFSA STAFF
PHOTOBYDONNAAYERST
CALENDAR
THE OFFICIAL R CORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION
and commitment to service,
despite the risks and dangers
a career in the Foreign Ser-
vice may present. They were
also remembered as sons,
daughter, husbands, fathers,
sister, brothers, friends and
colleagues to the hundreds
of people their lives touched.
Together, their deaths span
46 years from 1967 to 2013.
AFSA’s memorial plaques
are a somber reminder of
the precarious, yet heroic
nature of the Foreign Service,
and of the men and women
who served. The ceremony
provides a unique moment
to celebrate their accom-
plishments and recognize
the significant contributions
they have made to American
diplomacy.
The Memorial
Plaque Honors:
Anne T. Smedinghoff
joined the State Depart-
ment immediately following
graduation from The Johns
Hopkins University. Her first
assignment was in Caracas.
When her tour ended, she
volunteered to go to Afghani-
stan. She had been working
with schools and local busi-
nesses to improve the lives
of girls and women in the
province of Zabul. On April
6, she was killed in a terror-
ist bombing while delivering
books to a local school. Sec-
retary of State John Kerry
remarked, “She gave her
young life working to give
Heroes continued on page 48
Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and AFSA President Susan R. Johnson at the
Memorial Plaque Ceremony on May 3.
6/2/2013 –
6/7/2013
AFSA Road Scholar Program
6/5/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
6/6/2013
9:00 AM
Deadline for Completing
AFSA Governing Board
Election Ballot
6/7/2013
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Luncheon: Incoming
FCS Class
6/27/2013
4:00 - 6:00 PM
AFSA Awards Ceremony
7/4/2013
Independence Day:
AFSA Offices Closed
7/10/2013
12:00 - 2:00 PM
AFSA Governing Board
Meeting
7/11/2013
2:00 - 3:30 PM
AFSA Book Notes:
“50 Years in USAID”
7/15/2013
The 2013-2015
AFSA Governing Board
Assumes Office
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