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SEPTEMBER 2017

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSAAwards Honor Foreign Service Excellence

AFSA’s 49th annual awards

ceremony took place on

June 20 in the Department

of State’s Dean Acheson

Auditorium, where more

than 300 guests gathered

to recognize Foreign Service

excellence.

It was an inspirational

occasion, where the hon-

orees for lifetime contribu-

tions, constructive dissent

and exemplary performance

showed themselves to be

the kinds of Foreign Service

leaders that our profession

needs and is uniquely adept

at creating.

Twelve award recipients

and three runners-up were

highlighted for their outstand-

ing work; please see addi-

The 2017 AFSA Constructive Dissent and Exemplary Performance Award winners and runners-up, from left: Thomas Wong, Diane Corbin, Michael Murphy,

Ambassador (ret.) Nancy Powell, Aubrey Dowd, John Wood, René Gutel, Maria Barrón, Elzar Camper, Wendy Brafman, Henry Throop, Christina Le,

Ambassador Tulinabo Mushingi, Mariju Bofill and Cecelia Choi.

tional coverage on each of

them

beginning on page 76.

In opening the ceremony

AFSA President Ambas-

sador Barbara Stephenson

spoke of the privilege that

AFSA feels “in recognizing

the dedication, patriotism

and sheer excellence of the

professional career Foreign

Service.”

She acknowledged the

five former recipients of the

Award for Lifetime Contribu-

tions to American Diplomacy

who were in attendance—

Senator Richard Lugar, Stu

Kennedy and Ambassadors

Bill Harrop, Rozanne Ridg-

way and Ruth Davis—and

the presence of most of the

Foreign Service leadership at

State and USAID.

Among those showing

their appreciation of the

recipients and their achieve-

ments were Under Secre-

tary of State for Political

AffairsTom Shannon, acting

Under Secretary for Public

Diplomacy and Public Affairs

Bruce Wharton, USAID Coun-

selor Tom Staal, Assistant

Secretary Daniel Smith, and

acting Assistant Secretar-

ies Stu Jones, John Hef-

fern, Peter Barlerin, Virginia

Bennett, Bill Miller, Justin

Siberell and Mark Taplin.

The afternoon’s first

award was for Lifetime

Contributions to Ameri-

can Diplomacy. This year’s

recipient, Ambassador (ret.)

Nancy J. Powell, received a

standing ovation in honor of

her exemplary career.

From humble begin-

There is no better testament to

the excellence and expertise of the

Foreign Service than the stories of

these [awards recipients] and their

contributions to our national security.

—Ambassador (ret.) Nancy J. Powell

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