The Foreign Service Journal - September 2016
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September 1-30

FEGLI Open Season

September 5

Labor Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

September 7

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

September 11-15

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Washington, D.C.

September 30

7:05 p.m.

Foreign Service Night

at Nationals Park

October 5

12-1:30 p.m.

AFSA Governing

Board Meeting

October 6

2–4:30 p.m.

Everything You Need to

Know about the TSP

October 9-14

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Chautauqua, N.Y.

October 10

Columbus Day:

AFSA Offices Closed

October 12

2-3:30 p.m.

What Is the Purpose?

360 Feedback in the

Foreign Service

October 23-27

AFSA Road Scholar Program

Washington, D.C.

October 28

Job Search Program

Graduation Reception at FSI


Counselor of the U.S. Department of State Ambassador Kristie Kenney presents the 2016 Lifetime Contributions

to American Diplomacy award at the AFSA annual awards ceremony.

Honoring AFSA’s 2016 AwardWinners

On June 23, the American

Foreign Service Associa-

tion held its annual awards

ceremony. This year AFSA

honored Ambassador Ruth A.

Davis with its premier honor,

the Lifetime Contributions to

American Diplomacy Award,

in recognition of her long and

distinguished career as a


AFSA President Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson

opened the ceremony, par-

ticularly welcoming the more

than 100 friends and family

members of Amb. Davis from

across the United States who

were in attendance. Amb.

Stephenson also recognized

previous LCAD award win-

ners, former Senator Richard

Lugar and Ambassador (ret.)

Thomas Boyatt.

Counselor of the U.S.

Department of State

Ambassador Kristie Kenney

presented this year’s LCAD

award to Amb. Davis, citing

her 40-year career in the

Foreign Service, her devotion

to diplomacy and her dedica-

tion in fostering the rising

generation of Foreign Service


Amb. Kenney highlighted

the importance of developing

people and talent in the For-

eign Service. The true assets

of the Foreign Service are the


Describing Amb. Davis as

an example of the best of the

Foreign Service, Amb. Kenney

said,“Ruth has never once, no

matter how big her job or how

busy she was, been too busy

to coach, mentor and be a

friend to all of the rest of us.”

Accepting the award,

Amb. Davis acknowledged

some of the many mentors

and role models who helped

to shape her career. Born in

Phoenix, Arizona, in 1943, her

experience of segregation

and discrimination ignited a

passionate desire to make

the world a better place. She

recognized that diplomacy

would be the best possible

career to allow her to do that,

she said.

Stressing the importance

of continuous education and

training, Amb. Davis said she

remains particularly proud

of establishing the Foreign

Service Institute’s School

of Leadership and Manage-

ment, which is helping to

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