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During the course of one action-packed hour, this dedicated group of

Foreign Service members tackled the multifaceted issue of how to build a

stronger Foreign Service equipped to lead America’s foreign policy in the

21st century. The gathering marked the beginning of a new member inreach

initiative designed to help AFSA fulfill its role as the voice of the Foreign

Service by informing its advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with manage-

ment. Over the course of the year, AFSA hosted 18 structured conversations

with approximately 175 members of the Foreign Service who shared their

stories and constructively contributed to AFSA’s mission of promoting a

strong professional career Foreign Service. Each session was limited to a

specific Foreign Service cohort (FS-1, FS-2, OMS, DS, USAID, etc.). After an

overwhelmingly positive response from membership, AFSA has institutional-

ized these structured conversations and plans to host these lunches again

in 2017.

CONNECTING WITH MEMBERS AROUND THE COUNTRY

As we move forward in cementing our strategic partnerships, an enhanced

focus on travel by AFSA’s leadership has provided opportunities for useful

connections around the country. As part of these regular visits, meetings

with our local Foreign Service retirees are always useful to get feedback

on issues of concern and to encourage retirees to participate actively in

outreach to raise awareness in their communities of the vital role the

FOCUS ON

MEMBER

CONCERNS

In March, AFSA hosted

a breakfast for some

of the Foreign Service’s

most seasoned leaders

during the annual Chiefs

of Mission Conference.

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AFSA meets with

Pearson Fellows

on Capitol Hill.