Tex Harris of the American Foreign Service Association
explains it this way: "We are absolutely not talking about racism here.
That is exactly what happened in the case of the Reagan administration." The author seems not to notice that history may be repeating itself in the Obama administration--if the American Foreign Service Association
and the American Academy of Diplomacy are to be believed.
While there were some would-be policy jocks, most of us--myself included--seemed drawn by the same thing that attracted George Kennan some 65 years ago: "the frequent change of scene, the abundant intellectual stimuli, and the multitudinous glimpses the Service afforded into the lives of other peoples and the workings of governments." In a 1990 survey by the American Foreign Service Association
, junior officers cited "the chance to travel" and "exposure to other cultures" as the two most rewarding aspects of the Foreign Service.
Also presented were the Foreign Service Youth Advocacy Award, honoring an adult who has demonstrated longterm commitment to Foreign Service youth; the scholarships of the Associates of American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW); and the American Foreign Service Association
(AFSA) Merit awards.
In an unprecedented act, the American Foreign Service Association
(AFSA), the Foreign Service professional association, filed a Freedom of Information Act request for documents on the embattled ambassadorial nominees plus all pending diplomatic nominees.
In retirement, he became a Traverse City Realtor and was active in his community as a member of his church, the American Legion, Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society and the American Foreign Service Association
In some ways it is reminiscent of the American Foreign Service Association
's perennial handbook, Inside a U.S.
Jennifer Davis, a National War College (NWC) graduate and recipient of the George Kennan Award from the American Foreign Service Association
(AFSA), said her time at NWC "was a life-altering experience."
Many of our readers are familiar with the Foreign Service Journal, the "Magazine For Foreign Affairs Professionals" published by the American Foreign Service Association
. For those not familiar with it, the Journal is available online (www.fsjournal.org) in a new and very accessible format and is must reading for anyone interested in a career in the Foreign Service or simply interested in how the Service works and what its people do.
* Seeker of ideas and feedback from employee organizations, including the American Foreign Service Association
(AFSA), Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), Executive Women@State, the Civil Service Association and Balancing Act@State, which advocate for policies and programs that promote work/life balance.
Nonetheless, the American Foreign Service Association
issued a press release on October 2, which we are pleased to publish here as a reminder that FSOs and other State Department civilians continue a tradition of voluntary service in some of the world's most difficult and dangerous places.
After retiring in 1995, he was active in support of democratic election processes and election observation throughout Latin America and served on the governing board of the American Foreign Service Association