The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 17

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2014
17
SPEAKING OUT
What Specialists Want You to Know
COMP I L ED BY FRANCESCA KE L LY
IT Works for You
D
ecades ago, people used to come
in as “communicators”—the
guys who loved doing the classified,
encrypted stuff, loved being in the box.
But it’s changed a lot because technol-
ogy has changed a lot. Both sides (clas-
sified and unclassified) require similar
IT work now.
Whether you work on one side of
the house or the other, the world still
changes. It comes down to this: What can
you do to help your customer nd the
right tools?
Neeru Lal, Information Resources
Management, Public Affairs
and Communication
Silent Partners
A
substantial amount of effort goes
into the network and systemmain-
tenance. Most good IT people do a ton of
preventive maintenance and monitoring
to keep the systems running smoothly.
People tend not to understand or know
the amount of work involved in having an
operation run well enough that you never
have to see the techs.
Terry Pozcak, Information
Management Specialist
We Are Well-Qualified
[T
here is an] ever-increasing
demand for nurse practitioners
and physician assistants, not only
within the State Department but in the
United States, as well.
A recent report in the
Dallas Business
Journal
states that the demand for PAs
and NPs has increased more than 300
percent in the past three years. Both hold
masters’ degrees and advanced certi ca-
tion. A number of our NPs hold doctoral
degrees.
Jeri Lockman, director,
MED’s Foreign Service Health
Practitioners Program
We Are You!
P
art of our unique role comes from
the fact that psychiatrists—indeed,
all FS medical personnel overseas—live
and work among their U.S. diplomatic
colleagues, and daily experience the
same joys and challenges of overseas
diplomatic life and work.
Kenneth Dekleva, director, MED’s
Mental Health Services
Overseas Construction
Isn’t the Same
C
onstruction in the United States
utilizes more 3-D design software
and prefabrication of building systems in
factory environments than construction
overseas. Contractors working on our
projects in underdeveloped countries
still tend to focus on minimizing shipping
expenses and making use of a ordable
labor by fabricating more on site.
Eric Rumpf,
Construction Engineer
We Are Foreign Service,
Too!
D
iplomatic Security folks have so
many di erent postings, includ-
ing domestic assignments, and the job
changes constantly even within the
United States.
ey can serve anywhere,
from a eld o ce to the Secretary of
State’s security detail.
I would love for others to realize that
serving in multiple domestic positions
doesn’t lessen our “Foreign Service-ness.”
I actually had someone tell me recently
that we couldn’t be “real FS” because we
had served a domestic tour outside of
Washington, D.C. I think my head spun
in eight directions.
Anonymous Diplomatic
Security Spouse
People tend not
to understand or
know the amount
of work involved
in having an
operation runwell
enough that you
never have to see
the techs.
Terry Pozcak, IMS
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