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Gregory Lee Johnson
Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland


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Biography

Gregory Lee Johnson of Washington state is the new U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Swaziland. Ambassador Johnson began his career in the Foreign Service in 1968, and has served in Vietnam (1969-1971), Japan (1972-1976), Somalia (1976-1978), Brazil (1978-1980), and Moscow (1981-1983).

Ambassador Johnson was born in Ellensburg, Washington in 1945. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science in 1967 at Washington State University, and in 1969 completed his master's degree in International Relations from the American University in Washington, DC.

From 1983 to 1988 Ambassador Johnson held assignments in the Department of State's Bureau of Intelligence and Research and attended the U.S. Army War College. He was subsequently appointed Division Chief in the Department's Bureau of Personnel. From 1989 to 1992 Ambassador Johnson served as Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in Osaka-Kobe, Japan. He attended the Department's Senior Executive Seminar from 1992 to 1993, just prior to his appointment as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm. From 1996 to 1999 Ambassador Johnson served as Consul General in Toronto.

Ambassador Johnson speaks Japanese, Portuguese, Russian Swedish, and Vietnamese.

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