The Foreign Service Journal, June 2018

48 JUNE 2018 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL AFSA NEWS Two new names have been added to the plaques. AFSA/DONNAGORMAN Nelson-Salcedo and Michael Andrew Cameron “Andy” Jordan, two outstanding examples of the very best of the Foreign Service.” Selena Nelson-Salcedo died on June 4, 2017, while serving as consular chief at the U.S. embassy in Bratislava, Slovakia. Her husband, Jorge, and young daughters, Antonella and Gaia, attended the ceremony. Selena was just 38 years old when she died. Fluent in five languages, she had also served in the Dominican Republic and Malaysia. Andy Jordan , an informa- tion resource manager, died on Dec. 8, 2016, in Juba, South Sudan. He was 43 years old. Andy’s previous posts included Baghdad, Brussels, Karachi, Tel Aviv, Lusaka, Tbilisi and Nairobi. Andy’s wife, Debo- rah, and daughters, Madi and Helena, attended the ceremony. At the conclusion of the ceremony, a wreath was placed at the memo- rial plaques and a moment of silence was observed. Secretary Pompeo, Under Secretary Shannon and Amb. Stephenson then spoke infor- mally with the families. Following the memorial event, AFSA hosted a recep- tion at the AFSA headquarters building, where Amb. Ste- phenson welcomed more than 100 members and guests. “Today is about more than loss,” Amb. Stephenson told attendees at the reception. She talked about AFSA’s focus in the months ahead— rebuilding America’s diplo- matic capability, restoring staffing to embassies over- seas, reducing bureaucratic drag, and managing risk smartly so that members of the Foreign Service are able to do the jobs they love. She urged all present to honor the memory of our fallen colleagues by keeping the American flag flying proudly at posts around the world, a fitting symbol of America’s global leadership. n Fallen Colleagues Continued from p. 46 Moment of Silence Continued from p. 47 ington, D.C., AFSA Presi- dent Ambassador Barbara Stephenson observed that “this moment of silence that we observe each year is never easy. Our losses are real, and we feel them deeply.” But, she continued,“the pride we feel in our mission is also real.We know that, for America to lead, we must be present. I am confident that those we honor today would want us to remain steadfast, be present and keep the American flag flying at posts around the world.” n Santiago Ouagadougou Amman Madrid Dili