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NOVEMBER 2016

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THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL

AFSA NEWS

ACCEPT I NG NOMI NAT I ONS FOR S I NCLA I RE LANGUAGE AWARD

AFSA is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Matilda W. Sinclaire

Language Award. The deadline is January 15, 2017.

Each year, thanks to a bequest from the late Foreign Service officer

MatildaW. Sinclaire, AFSA spotlights members of the Foreign Service who

have excelled in their study of a Category III or IV language and its associ-

ated culture.

Foreign language skills are critical in today’s diplomacy. Candidates may

be nominated by their language training supervisors at the Foreign Service

Institute, by instructors in field schools or by post language officers.

Awardees will receive a monetary prize and certificate of recognition.

For information about the 2016 winners, see the May issue of The Foreign Service Journal.

For further information, please contact AFSAAwards Coordinator Perri Green at

green@afsa.org

or (202) 719-9700.

Read more about the Sinclaire Awards at

www.afsa.org/sinclaire.

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ANNOUNCEMENT

AFSA/JOSH

Call For AFSAOutstanding Performance Award Nominations

AFSA award certificates, presented at an annual ceremony each June.

AFSA/JOAQUINSOSA

Each year, AFSA offers a

number of awards celebrat-

ing outstanding performance

by members of the Foreign

Service. AFSA encourages

nominations for the follow-

ing exemplary performance

awards:

The

Nelson B. Delavan

Award

recognizes the work of

a Foreign Service office man-

agement specialist who has

made a significant contribu-

tion to post or office effective-

ness and morale beyond the

framework of her or his job

responsibilities.

The

M. Juanita Guess

Award

is conferred on a

community liaison office

coordinator who has demon-

strated outstanding leader-

ship, dedication, initiative or

imagination in assisting the

families of Americans serving

at an overseas post.

The

Avis Bohlen Award

honors the accomplishments

of a family member of a For-

eign Service employee whose

relations with the American

and foreign communities at

post have done the most to

advance the interests of the

United States.

The

Mark Palmer Award

for the Advancement of

Democracy

is bestowed on a

member of the Foreign Ser-

vice who advances the ideals

of democracy and freedom

abroad through commitment

and ingenuity. A travel stipend

is given with this award to

allow the recipient to attend

the awards ceremony.

The

AFSA Post Represen-

tative of the Year Award

is

presented to an exemplary

AFSA post representative who

has demonstrated sustained

and successful engagement

with AFSAmembership at

post and post management to

advance the strategic priori-

ties of the association.

Recipients of the Delavan,

Guess, Bohlen and Palmer

awards are presented with

a monetary prize of $2,500.

Recipients of the Post Rep-

resentative of the Year award

receive a monetary prize of

$1000, plus a $500 award for

AFSA sponsored activities at

post done within two years of

receiving the award.

The Nomination

Process

The deadline for nomina-

tions for exemplary perfor-

mance awards is February 28,

2017.

Anyone may nominate a

superior, peer or subordinate

for an AFSA award. The nomi-

nation must be 700 words or