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2015 AFSA Lifetime, Performance and Dissent Awards

The 2015 AFSA award recipients with Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Back row, from left: Alexei Trofim (Guess Award), Thomas Duffy (Herter Award),

Samuel Kotis (Rivkin Award), Amb.William Harrop (Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award), Blinken, Amb. AndrewWinter (Contributions to AFSA

Award), AndrewYoung (Palmer Award) and Rodney Ford (accepted the Delavan Award on behalf of Julia Harrison). Front row, from left: Melissa Fraser (accepted

the AFSA Post Representative of the Year Award on behalf of Charlee Doom), Megan Gallardo (accepted the Harris Award on behalf of Jeffrey Bing), Amelia Shaw

(Harriman Award) and Mary Beth Bechtel (Bohlen Award).


On June 9, approximately

300 people gathered in the

Benjamin Franklin Diplo-

matic Reception Room of

the Department of State to

celebrate the recipients of

the American Foreign Service

Association’s 2015 awards

for constructive dissent,

exemplary performance and

lifetime contributions to


Then-AFSA President Rob-

ert J. Silverman opened the

ceremony to a distinguished

audience, including eight

past winners of the Lifetime

Contributions to Ameri-

can Diplomacy Award and

numerous State Department


Eleven awards, one of

them new in 2015, honored

members of the Foreign

Service community.

Deputy Secretary of State

Antony Blinken presented this

year’s LCAD Award to


sador William C. Harrop


his 39-year Foreign Service

career, his dedication as the

chairman of AFSA from 1972

to 1974 and his commitment

in retirement to advancing


In his remarks, Deputy

Secretary Blinken praised

Amb. Harrop for his admi-

rable record of service: “From

helping to resettle refugees

after World War II to seed-

ing the roots of democracy

in Kenya and navigating the

complexities of the Middle

East, Amb. Harrop served

with distinction at pivotal

moments in history.”

Amb. Harrop, the Deputy

Secretary said, is one of

“a few very good men and

women who leave an indelible

impression not just on what

we [as the Foreign Service]

do, but on who we are.”

Amb. Harrop has been

a strong advocate of the

Foreign Service in retire-

ment, serving on the boards

of the American Academy of

Diplomacy, the Senior Living

Foundation of the American

Foreign Service, American

Lifetime Contribution to American Diplomacy Award recipient Amb. Harrop

calls for improved training to prepare America’s diplomats to face today’s