THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
Sinclaire Award Recipients in Action
Annually, AFSA recognizes
in the study of Category III or
IV critical languages and their
associated cultures through
the MatildaW. Sinclaire
Language Awards. Mastery
and professional utilization of
foreign languages, and knowl-
edge of the culture of the host
country, are invaluable skills in
the Foreign Service.
In 2017, AFSA recognized 11
recipients, adding to the more
FSO Gregory Aurit speaks about the benefits of studying in the United
States to a group of Japanese high school students at Aoyama High School
Assistant Regional Security Officer for Investigations Kevin Gonzalez gives
a presentation to Chinese local staff during Consular Leadership Day. Using
the local language, in this case Mandarin, during a presentation helps to
build a connection with the audience, resulting in effective delivery of the
message. As an ARSO-I, conducting investigations in the local language
helps build essential rapport with interviewees.
than 300 members of the For-
eign Service who have been
honored since the award was
established in 1982. Here we
highlight seven of this year’s
recipients as they use their
language at post.
AFSA is now accepting
nominations for the 2018
Sinclaire Awards; nomination
guidelines are available on the
Jacob Glenn uses Hindi daily as he interviews visa applicants at the U.S.
embassy in New Delhi. He also utilizes his language skills as he conducts
visa outreach trips, like this one with students.
Mariana L. Neisuler is the deputy
economic counselor at U.S.
Embassy Amman. In April 2017, Ms.
Neisuler visited Jordan’s largest
Syrian refugee camp, Za’atri, where
she spoke in Arabic with many of
those who have been displaced.
Here Ms. Neisuler speaks with two
5-year-olds who have spent their
whole lives in the camp.
James Waterman is a consular
officer in Tbilisi, Georgia. Here he
discusses an American citizen
services case using his Georgian
Jacob Rocca (left) studied
Japanese while serving in Pakistan.
He is pictured at the Foreign
Service Institute with FSI distance
language mentor, Mariko Price
Brian Corteville is the consular
chief at U.S. Embassy Pristina, a
position which requires Albanian
language skills. Here he enjoys a
local restaurant cum bookstore.
“Në këte fotografi, jam duke pirë
një macchiato në restorantin tim
të preferuar, Soma. E dije ti që
Kosova ka macchiatot më të mira
ne botë? Ashtu thuhet, të pakten
këtu në Kosovë!”Translation: In this
photo, I’m drinking a macchiato in
my favorite restaurant, Soma. Did
you know that Kosovo has the best
macchiatos in the world? That’s what
they say, at least here in Kosovo!