The Foreign Service Journal, December 2023

52 DECEMBER 2023 | THE FOREIGN SERVICE JOURNAL fundraising and acquiring in-kind donations for the event. During a Spring Celebration event at the embassy, with more than 300 in attendance, including 150 children, Baugh was on the sidelines at the start of a sack race. Noticing a 3-year-old falling behind, he picked the boy up and helped him across the finish line. That act, though small, exemplifies his true character and symbolized all he has done for the 1,500-person bi-mission in Addis Ababa. David Baugh is a 37-year veteran of the British Diplomatic Service, having served overseas in Lisbon, Ashgabat, Dushanbe, Port of Spain, Belmopan, Kabul, and Pristina. Baugh met his wife, Ambassador Tracey Jacobson, in Ashgabat, and the couple managed to mostly serve together before retiring (for the first time) in 2017. When his wife was recalled to duty as chief of mission in Addis Ababa, he embraced the opportunity to put his management and planning skills to good use both for official entertaining at the chief-of-mission residence and for community-building events. AFSA Post Representatives of the Year Felix Peng and Paige Puntso Supporting AFSA Members in China Felix Peng and Paige Puntso are being jointly recognized for their work as AFSA post representatives in Beijing. Together they organized numerous AFSA information tables during embassy events, maintained a regular AFSA Corner in the post newsletter, and served as advocates for member concerns. They advocated directly for issues such as pay errors and technology allowances, and kept AFSA informed about member concerns in the difficult period during China’s “zero COVID” policy. Felix Peng joined the State Department as an economic officer in 2020, and Beijing was his first post. He is currently assigned to Bogotá. Felix Peng. Paige Puntso. David Baugh, shown here with May Salameh Jones, played a pivotal role in organizing embassy events, including this celebration on May 4, 2022. Paige Puntso joined the Foreign Service as a consular officer in 2014 after retiring from the U.S. Army. She has served in Ciudad Juárez, Guangzhou, and Beijing. She is currently the AFSA representative and chief of American Citizen Services in Dhahran.