The Foreign Service Journal - September 2014 - page 66

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SEPTEMBER 2014
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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
AFSA NEWS
Exemplary Performance
Awards Runners-Up
THE NELSON B . DELAVAN AWARD
RUNNERS - UP
CAROL R. JOHNSON, EMBASSY ACCRA
Carol R. Johnson organized a holiday dinner for the local
embassy security force in Accra to let the 350 employees
know how valuable they are to the mission. Johnson found a
local caterer and helped devise a menu incorporating popular
local dishes. The guards had never before received such a
tribute from the embassy community and were truly grateful.
MARIAM H. ABDULLE, EMBASSY BAGHDAD
Mariam H. Abdulle sustained morale at Embassy Baghdad
during the termination of the Police Development Program,
part of a general drawdown of the embassy’s security staff.
Abdulle personally managed the acting chief of mission’s pro-
gram recognizing more than 150 individuals departing Iraq in
the wake of these changes, preparing letters and certificates
of appreciation for presentation at farewells.
M. JUAN I TA GUESS AWARD RUNNER - UP
TRICIA J. CANTON, EMBASSY CAIRO
Following the ordered departure from Mission Egypt in July
2013, more than 600 people were scattered across the United
States and Europe. CLO Tricia J. Canton created comprehen-
sive contact lists and built a sense of community with scat-
tered mission members through weekly newsletters, activities
and personal emails. When personnel were allowed to return
to post in November, Canton helped with visa applications and
organized orientation sessions and social events to put the
mission back on normal footing.
AV I S BOHLEN AWARD RUNNER - UP
JAVIER DARIO ARAQUE, CON GEN TIJUANA
Javier Araque’s volunteer work for several organizations aided
disadvantaged children. At Ciudad de los Niños, a refuge for
abandoned children, he established trust among children who
had had little experience with caring adults. He volunteered at
Eunime por Tijuana, an orphanage dedicated to children with
HIV and AIDS. And he assisted in educational workshops at
AFABI, A.C., a nonprofit binational organization that provides
support and information for victims of HIV/AIDS in Tijuana
and San Diego.
AFSAWelcomes
New Staff Member
AFSA is pleased to welcome Brittany
DeLong to the staff. Brittany is the Edito-
rial/Publications Specialist with
The For-
eign Service Journal.
She recently earned
her master’s degree in publishing from
The George Washington University, with
a track in technology and electronic
publishing. She has contributed to vari-
ous publications in the D.C. area and
has worked as an editor for an online
university press in West Virginia. A native
of northern Virginia, Brittany became interested in writing at
a young age and was first published in a local sports maga-
zine in high school. She went on to graduate from George
Mason University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, and
she continues to write on topics of health and wellness in her
spare time. She completes the newly-reorganized publications
division at AFSA, and we are thrilled to have her on board.
AFSA CATCHES F I FA FEVER
Reveling in World Cup fever, AFSA opened its doors to members for
two exciting matches this summer. Food and drinks were provided
to a large crowd of AFSA members and staff who came out to
support the U.S. in its vital match against Germany on June 26, and
again on July 1 as the team battled Belgium. Both events were well
attended, and everyone was in high spirits. They cheered the U.S.
to advancement into the Round of 16 and celebrated a remarkable
World Cup run by the U.S. Men’s National Team.
AFSA/ÁSGEIRSIGFÚSSON
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