The Foreign Service Journal, April 2020

THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | APRIL 2020 65 AFSA NEWS Call for Nominations: 2020 Exemplary Performance Awards One of the highlights of being a member of a highly skilled and dedicated workforce is the pleasure of seeing colleagues perform at the highest level, delivering wins for their office, post, bureau and agency. We all see such performance every day, no matter where we may be posted. AFSA takes great pleasure in being able to single out these top performers and give them a deserved moment in the spotlight. AFSA is now accepting nominations for our annual awards for exemplary performance. The recipient of each of these awards is invited to attend AFSA’s annual award ceremony, where their family, friends and colleagues can celebrate their accomplishments, and the Foreign Service community can thank them for a job well done. Nominations for these awards are due on May 15, 2020. • The Nelson B. Delavan Award recognizes a Foreign Service office management specialist (OMS) who has made a significant contribution to post or office effectiveness and morale, both within as well as beyond the framework of their job responsibilities. • The M. Juanita Guess Award recognizes a Community Liaison Office coordinator (CLO) who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, dedication, initiative or imagination in assisting the families of Americans serving at an overseas post. • The Avis Bohlen Award honors a Foreign Service family member whose volunteer work with the American and foreign communities at post has resulted in advancing the interests of the United States. • The Mark Palmer Award for the Advancement of Democracy is bestowed on a member of the Foreign Service from any of the foreign affairs agencies, especially those at the early- to mid-career level, who are serving domestically or overseas. The award recognizes the promotion of Ameri- can policies to advance democracy, freedom and governance through bold, exemplary, imaginative and effective efforts during one or more assignments. Neither nominators nor nominees need be members of AFSA. Any member of the Foreign Service at any agency (State, USAID, FCS, FAS, APHIS or USAGM) is eligible. For additional information and nomination forms, please visit or contact AFSA Awards and Scholarships Manager Theo Horn at or (202) 719-9705. n