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SEPTEMBER 2015

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

Diplomatic Security Wins Gold

in 2015 World Police and Fire Games

Ten AFSAmem-

bers from the State

Department’s

Bureau of Diplomatic

Security were among

more than 12,000

athletes compet-

ing in this year’s

World Police and Fire

Games. The biennial

event—which boasts

the world’s largest

pool of competi-

tors, beating out

even the Olym-

pics—was held in

Fairfax, Virginia,

fromJune 26 to July 5.

Active and retired law

enforcement and fire service

personnel from roughly 70

countries competed. Estab-

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SA Bart Brown took 20th in the

triathlon competition.

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SA Nick Dornsife bikes to 11th place

in the triathlon.

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From left: SAs Chip McElhattan (ret.), Leslie

Jones, Kendal Beels and Bart Brown. Beels

took first in the 200-meter and fourth in the

400-meter freestyle swim events.

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SA Chris Deedy grabs 15th place in

the CrossFit competition.

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AFSA/MARIAC.LIVINGSTON

lished in 1985, the games are

held to honor the men and

women who put their lives on

the line every day to serve and

protect. Events ranged from

traditional favorites

such as bodybuilding

and soccer to the less

conventional tug of

war and orienteering.

DS special

agent (SA) athletes

participated in the

half-marathon, cross-

country, softball,

CrossFit, freestyle

swim, open-water

swim, breaststroke,

Special Agents Jan Hiemstra (left) and Denise

Timmermans in the running portion of the

triathlon.

biathlon, triathlon, street

cycling, mountain biking and

world’s toughest competitor

events.

SAMaria Amaya was a top

competitor in her class, taking

first place in the women’s

10,000-meter cross-country

race and second in the

women’s half-marathon. SA

Kendall Beels placed first in

her class in the women’s 200-

meter freestyle swim.

SAs James Billington and

Allison Meconi took home the

bronze in their class in the

biathlon team competition,

and SA Patrick Leonard won

third in his class in the men’s

triathlon.

Several other DS ath-

letes performed well in their

respective competitions. AFSA

congratulates all DS athletes

and looks forward to cheering

them on at the 2017World

Police and Fire Games in

Montreal.

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—Maria C. Livingston,

Associate Editor