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JUNE 2017



AFSAHonors Foreign Service Colleagues

On May 5, the American

Foreign Service Association

held its annual ceremony to

honor those colleagues who

gave their lives while serving

the United States abroad.

AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson presided,

and Secretary of State RexW.

Tillerson delivered remarks at

the event.

In 1996, the U.S. Senate

passed a resolution, signed

by 54 co-sponsors from both

parties, naming the first Friday

in May as Foreign Service Day.

The tradition of gathering at

AFSA’s memorial plaques to

honor fallen colleagues dates

back more than 80 years.

This year, for the first time

in 13 years, no new name

was added to the memorial

plaques. But as Amb. Ste-

phenson noted in her remarks,

the 248 names already etched

in to the marble plaques attest

that not everyone makes it

home safely.

“We know that America’s

crucial global leadership role

depends in large measure on

effective diplomacy and on

us, the people who run 270

diplomatic missions around

the world,”Amb. Stephenson

said.“To lead, we must be

present; and to be present, we

must do everything we can to

manage the risks inherent in

our overseas deployment.”

Emphasizing the impor-

tance of working together,

Amb. Stephenson was

particularly pleased to wel-

come the leadership of every

agency with a Foreign Service

workforce to the memorial

event, including Acting USAID

Administrator WadeWarren,

Acting Director General of the

Foreign Commercial Ser-

vice Judy Reinke, Associate

Administrator of the Foreign

Agricultural Service Bryce

Quick, CEO of the Broadcast-

ing Board of Governors John


Lansing, and Animal and Plant

Health Inspection Service

Senior Staff Foreign Service

Officer Dr. John Shaw.

Under Secretary for Politi-

cal Affairs Thomas Shannon

and Acting Under Secretary

for Public Affairs and Public

Diplomacy D. BruceWharton

attended, as well as many

career Foreign Service col-

leagues currently serving in

acting assistant secretary

roles. FSO Katie Nutt led the

crowd in a moving rendition of

The Star Spangled Banner.

On any given day, approxi-

mately two-thirds of the

members of the U.S. Foreign

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gives remarks at the AFSA memorial ceremony on May 5.