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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

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OCTOBER 2016

67

AFSA NEWS

Marine Corps Embassy

Security Guards Honored

On July 13, AFSA, DACOR,

the American Academy of

Diplomacy, the American

Foreign Service Protective

Association, the Council of

American Ambassadors and

the Foreign Area Officers

Association co-hosted a

reception in honor of the

detachment commanders

of Marine embassy security

guards (MESG).

At the event, AFSA Presi-

dent Ambassador Barbara

Stephenson met with the

graduates of the most

recent U.S. Marine Corps

Embassy Guard Detachment

Commanders class and their

spouses.

Deployed in more than

120 countries to protect

diplomatic facilities and

classified information,

provide security for visiting

dignitaries and, where nec-

essary, protect U.S citizens

in exigent circumstances,

MESGs play a vital role in

the Department of State’s

mission. AFSA thanks them

for their service.

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AFSA Engages Consular

Fellows

On July 11, AFSA

attended an event

on Capitol Hill to

promote the Consular

Fellows Program. AFSA

President Ambassador

Barbara Stephenson

met with participants

and discussesd

the program,

language training

and employment

opportunities with the

Department of State.

AFSA/ALLANSAUNDERS

At a luncheon on Aug. 14, AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson

welcomed members of the 11th Consular Fellows class. Above, AFSA State

Representative Erin O’Connor (at left) meets with incoming Consular

Fellows at the luncheon.

AFSA/GEMMADVORAK

AFSA State Representative John Dinkelman (second from left) speaks

to the new Consular Fellows class. A number of AFSA Governing Board

members attended the luncheon to provide insight and advice on life in the

Foreign Service.

AFSA/GEMMADVORAK

AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson meets Staff Sergeant

Brittany Clayborne. The only female graduate in this detachment

commanders’ class, Staff Sgt. Clayborne will be posted to Libreville, Gabon.

AFSA/GEMMADVORAK