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dedication and hard work in the study of foreign languages. The

Matilda W. Sinclaire Language Award

recognizes outstand-

ing accomplishment in the study of Category III or IV languages

and their associated cultures. This year AFSA refined the lan-

guages that qualify, moving from the term “hard languages” to

Category III or IV languages. This year we had 18 nominations,

a record number brought about through close work between FSI

and AFSA. Ten Foreign Service members received the

award—$1,000 and a certificate of recognition signed

by the AFSA president and the chair of the AFSA

Awards and Plaque Committee.

This year’s recipients were: Miriam R. Asnes

(Arabic), Sonnet A. Frisbee (Czech), Paul F. Narain

(Greek), Jacob M. Rocca (Hebrew), Timothy Shriver

(Hungarian), Robert Silberstein (Lithuanian), Alan

J. Smith (Russian), Adam T. Stevens (Vietnamese),

Matthew Wilson (Bulgarian) and Bryan G. Wockley


Kennan Writing Award

Each year, AFSA participates in graduation ceremo-

nies at the National War College at Fort Lesley J. Mc-

Nair in southwest Washington, D.C., to honor the

State Department graduate whose final paper is cho-

sen as the best essay on strategy or policy. The 2014

winner of the

George F. Kennan Strategic Writing


was Mark Libby. Libby’s paper explores the

United Kingdom’s and France’s small but significant

nuclear arsenals and the implications for U.S. secu-

rity priorities, from non-proliferation

to reform of the NATO alliance.

Libby received a $250 award from

AFSA President Robert Silverman and

Commandant Brigadier General Tom


AFSA Memorial Plaque

The AFSA Memorial Plaques honor

colleagues who have given their lives

while serving the American people

abroad. The first plaque was unveiled in

the C Street lobby of the Department of

State in 1933.

This year AFSA added one name to

the plaques: Antoinette “Toni” Beau-

mont Tomasek, a USAID FSO and

community health specialist who died

from injuries sustained in a car accident

while returning from an inspection and

delivery of medicine to a health clinic

in Haiti. Tomasek, who died on June

29, 2013, is survived by her husband, Adam Tomasek, and two

young children. Tomasek’s name brings the total inscribed on the

marble plaques to 246.

Following the ceremony, AFSA, Embassy Port-au-Prince and

State coordinated a video teleconference for Ms. Tomasek’s fam-

ily with Ambassador Pamela White and staff members of the em-

bassy in Haiti.


AFSA Awardees, Elected Officials, and Staff:


Front Row:

Amb. Jonathan

Addleton, Charles Stuart “Stu” Kennedy, Mary Kay Cunningham, David Holmes.

Back Row:

Clair Coleman, AFSA Staff Attorney Raeka Safai, USAID VP Sharon Wayne, AFSA Director

Ian Houston, AFSA President Bob Silverman, Secretary of State John Kerry, State VP

Matthew Asada, William “Ed” O’Bryan, Awards Coordinator Perri Green.

Family members of Antoinette “Toni” Tomasek look on at the AFSA Memorial

Plaque in the State Department’s C Street lobby.