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Since 1968, AFSA has formally recognized those in the

Foreign Service community who demonstrate intellectual

courage, exemplary performance and outstanding ser-

vice. AFSA held its annual

awards ceremony

in June in

the Department of State’s Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic

Reception Rooms.

Ambassador (ret.) William C. Harrop received the 2015

Lifetime Contributions to American Diplomacy Award in

recognition of a distinguished Foreign Service career,

decades of service to AFSA and a lifetime of advocacy

championing the critical role of diplomacy in foreign


AFSA also awarded six constructive dissent awards rec-

ognizing Foreign Service members who work within the

system to change policy and performance for the better.

These awards are unique: they are the only ones recog-

nizing dissent within the entire federal government.

Six awards are granted for exemplary performance high-

lighting professionalism and the spirit of service and

volunteerism within the Foreign Service community.

The association also recognizes Foreign Service employ-

ees for their dedication and hard work in the study of

Category III or IV languages. This year ten members of

the Foreign Service received the Matilda W. Sinclaire Language Award. And one graduate from the National

War College whose final paper was chosen as the best

essay on strategy or policy among State Department em-

ployees received the

George F. Kennan

Strategic Writing