The Foreign Service Journal, September 2014

56 SEPTEMBER 2014 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL AFSA NEWS Jr. in recognition of his distin- guished career and decades of public service. “We have to thank Stu for his creativity in the Foreign Service,” Under Secretary Kennedy said. “Whether serving in stable or unstable places, he was always a constant in tough situations.” A Foreign Service officer from 1955 to 1985, he retired after a distinguished consular career with the rank of minis- ter counselor. In retirement, he pioneered the Oral History Collection at the Association for Diplo- matic Studies and Training. Kennedy has personally interviewed more than 1,000 retired American diplomats, some of whose careers date back to the 1920s. In accepting the award, Stu Kennedy expressed gratitude to his staff at ADST, where he directs the ADST Oral History Collection ( oral-history), and spoke of the need for the Foreign Service to understand its own history a little better. “The Foreign Service is not a silent service,” he said. “We need to show people what we do.” He emphasized the importance of sharing the experiences of Foreign Service members to secure their place in diplomatic his- tory. Please see p. 28 for an interview with Stu Kennedy. Dissent Award Winners AFSA State Vice President Matthew Asada introduced the constructive dissent awards presentation. “Dissent is not always valued or appre- ciated, but that’s not the case at AFSA,”Asada stated. AFSA has sponsored its awards program to recognize Continued from page 51 CORRECT I ONS In the July-August 2014 print edition, we misidentified two people in photographs of AFSA’s 90th anniversary gala dinner on page 54: In photo 6, the woman in the middle is Peggy Cifrino, principal assistant to former Secretary of State Colin Pow- ell; in photo 7, the woman on the right is former Director General of the Foreign Service Ruth A. Davis. We regret the errors. 1. Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy (left) presents the Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award to Stu Kennedy. 2. From left: Anthony Russell, Yvonne Beard, M. Juanita Guess Award runner-up Tricia Canton, Avis Bohlen Award runner-up Javier Dario Araque. 3. AFSA State VP Matthew Asada (left) presents the W. Averell Harriman Award to Ed O’Bryan. 4. Ambassador Avis T. Bohlen presents the Avis Bohlen Award. 5. Ambassador William C. Harrop presents the F. Allen “Tex” Harris Award. 1 2 3 4 and encourage constructive dissent and risk-taking in the Foreign Service for more than 40 years, and the program is unique within the federal government. Asada presented William “Ed” O’Bryan with theW. Averell Harriman Award. Made possible by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, the Harriman award is given to an entry- 5 AFSA/SHAWNDORMAN AFSA/JOAQUINSOSA level Foreign Service officer. O’Bryan convinced the leadership of Mission Saudi Arabia that the embassy should start attending trials of human rights activists. As a result, for the first time in recent memory, the mission gained a window into the Saudi judicial system. “I want to thank AFSA for supporting openness, justice AFSA/JOAQUINSOSA AFSA/JOAQUINSOSA AFSA/JOAQUINSOSA