The Foreign Service Journal, May 2024

AFSA NEWS AFSA NEWS THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF THE AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE ASSOCIATION CALENDAR Please check for the most up-to-date information. May 2 11-3 p.m. AFSA Foreign Service Open House May 2 5:30-7:30 p.m. Reception at DACOR Bacon House Co-hosted with AFSA May 3 Foreign Service Day May 21 AFSA Centennial Gala May 27 Memorial Day AFSA Offices closed May 30 5-7 p.m. AFSA Centennial Birthday Party Watergate Hotel June 12 12-1:30 p.m. AFSA Governing Board meeting June 19 Juneteenth AFSA Offices closed Lights, Camera, Action! AFSA staff recently organized a video shoot to commemorate the upcoming Foreign Service centennial. We asked numerous FS colleagues, including Director General Marcia Bernicat, Ambassador (ret.) Marie Yovanovitch, and Ambassador (ret.) John Tefft, to join us under the spotlight to discuss the important work U.S. Foreign Service members do each day and share their own stories of life in the Foreign Service. We’ll premier the new video at AFSA’s centennial gala on May 21 and share it with our membership on May 24. Meanwhile, enjoy these snaps taken during our marathon two-day filming session. And thank you to DG Bernicat and others for taking the time to share their FS stories with us. n WES CULWELL WES CULWELL THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL | MAY 2024 75 Ambassador (ret.) Chuck Ford shares his FS story. The AFSA team at the photo shoot. From left: Lisa Ahramjian, Greg Floyd, Tom Yazdgerdi, Josh Burke, Lynette Behnke, Nadja Ruzica, Christine Miele, and Nikki Gamer. FSO Maryum Saifee sits for an interview with AFSA. Behind the scenes with Ambassador (ret.) John Tefft, the 2023 winner of AFSA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. WES CULWELL WES CULWELL