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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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JUNE 2017

47

AFSA NEWS

CALENDAR

June 7

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSAGoverning Board Meeting

June 8

8 a.m.

AFSA Election

Voting Deadline

June 11-16

AFSA Road Scholar Program:

“Foreign Policy

for the 21st Century”

Chautauqua, N.Y.

June 20

4-6 p.m.

AFSA Awards

Ceremony

July 4

Independence Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

AFSA members, staff and guests listen to AFSA President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson speak at a reception held at the association’s

headquarters building.

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AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson speaks at the

association’s memorial ceremony on Foreign Service Day.

Service are serving overseas.

Inviting those at the ceremony

to join in a moment of silence,

Amb. Stephenson noted that

many embassies and consul-

ates around the world—from

Apia, Samoa, to Libreville,

Gabon—had also held their

own ceremonies honoring

their Foreign Service col-

leagues (see page 58.)

Following the presentation

of the colors by the United

States Armed Forces Color

Guard, Secretary of State Rex

Tillerson paid tribute to those

named on the AFSAmemo-

rial plaques.“Each of these

names represents a unique,

individual life,” the Secretary

said.“These men and women

had families and loved ones

they left behind, dreams

unlived, plans unrealized.”

While there is inherent

risk to the work of the Foreign

Service in advancing Ameri-

ca’s interests, he continued,

diplomats and foreign affairs

professionals choose to serve,

even knowing that risk: “These

248 men and women died as

they lived, in service to others.

Today, the department honors

their memory and contribu-

tions, and a grateful nation

expresses profound apprecia-

tion for their courage and their

commitment.”

At the conclusion of

the ceremony, a wreath

was placed at the memo-

rial plaque, as a moment of

silence was observed.

AFSAwas honored by

the presence of major news

media, including the Washing- ton Post , The NewYork Times

and CNN, as we reintroduced

the Foreign Service and

provided a timely reminder

that the Stars and Stripes flies

high in 270 locations around

the world thanks to the men

and women of the Foreign

Service.

Following the memorial

event at the Department of

State, AFSA held a reception

at the AFSA headquarters

building where Amb. Stephen-

son welcomed close to 100

members and guests.

In remarks to the group,

she reminded them that 90

percent of Americans support

strong American global lead-

ership and that global leader-

ship is unthinkable without a

strong, professional Foreign

Service deployed around the

world. Amb. Stephenson con-

firmed that the Foreign Ser-

vice stands ready to deliver

diplomatic wins for the United

States and for the American

people, noting that two-thirds

of current FS members joined

after the tragic Sept. 11, 2001,

attack.

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—Gemma Dvorak,

Associate Editor

July 5

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

July 7

10 a.m -12 p.m.

FSYF Youth Awards Ceremony

July 13

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Book Notes:

Enemy of the Good

July 15

New Governing Board

Takes Office

August 1-3

AFSA at Minnesota

Farm Fest

Redwood Falls, Minn.