The Foreign Service Journal - July/August 2014 - page 63

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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JULY-AUGUST 2014
63
AFSA NEWS
TIMDILLI
AFSA Hosts USAID Mission
Directors’ Happy Hour
On May 15, AFSA hosted the first-ever “Mission Directors’
Happy Hour” during USAID’s Mission Directors Conference at
the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.
AFSA President Robert J. Silverman, AFSA USAID Vice
President Sharon Wayne and AFSA Executive Director Ian
Houston hosted the attendees and shared AFSA’s work, pro-
jected plans and accomplishments.
In addition, the AFSA officials received informal
feedback from mission directors on issues they
face in the field and management concerns among
Foreign Service officers. These include retirement
age, case fairness and balance, medical issues,
State/USAID benefit parity, spousal employment
and benefits, language training, USAID interest in
linked assignments, pet advocacy, international
school safety and Senate promotion and tenure
holds.
AFSA thanks all who attended and participated
in the discussion. AFSA also thanks the office of
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah for continual support in aid-
ing our efforts to speak for the Foreign Service and improve
American diplomacy both at home and abroad.
—Chioma Dike, AFSA USAID Staff
Inside a U.S. Embassy:
Yet Another Print Run
By early spring, AFSA had sold and distributed just about all of the
first 25,000 copies of the 2011 third edition of our popular introduc-
tion to the Foreign Service,
Inside a U.S. Embassy: Diplomacy at Work
.
We ordered a third printing, a run of 5,000 books, in May.
All three printings of the third edition have been done by United
Book Press, a family owned and operated printing business in
Baltimore, Md. The company is committed to environmental sustain-
ability and is a member of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. Staff at
UBP are a pleasure to work with—reliable, efficient and quick to get
the job done. They even took photos for us.
This printing takes the overall print run of all three editions of
Inside a U.S. Embassy
to more than 110,000 copies.
Find out more about the book and how you might use it for
Foreign Service outreach at
or write to embas-
—Shawn Dorman, Editor
Above, USAID mission directors at a “happy hour” hosted by AFSA on
May 15. AFSA President Robert J. Silverman, left inset, and AFSA Executive
Director Ian Houston and USAID VP Sharon Wayne, right, addressed the
group.
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