The Foreign Service Journal - October 2014 - page 21

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL
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OCTOBER 2014
21
Here is a look at the wide world
of Foreign Service Specialists.
We explore who they are, the many
critical things they do, and how their work
has evolved with our changing times.
BY FRANCESCA KE L LY
FOCUS
THE NEW
SPECIALISTS
Francesca Kelly is a freelance writer, editor, college application tutor and
former AFSA News editor. She is married to Ambassador Ian Kelly, an
FSO since 1985.
S
itting at his desk in a mid-sized Euro-
pean embassy a few years ago, Llywe-
lyn Graeme, the ambassador’s O ce
Manager, was awaiting word that the
Secretary of State’s special representa-
tive had landed and was on her way
to a packed day of meetings. Instead,
Graeme got a call from State’s Opera-
tions Center connecting him directly to
the high-level o cial.
“She was at the airport. At the VIP lounge.
ere was no
sign of any embassy sta to meet her,” Graeme recounted.
“Keeping her on my desk phone, I used my cell to determine
that not only was no one there at the airport, but no one was
on the way, either!”
Graeme quickly got the ambassadorial limo lined up.
en,
he says: “I dashed down three ights of stairs, hitting the park-
ing lot as the driver came from the lounge at a dead run. We
entered the car together and left at speed, clearing the barrier
to the embassy by inches. I told him he absolutely could not
cause any damage, but that he should drive at his top safe
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