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The 75th Anniversary of the Foreign Service

75th Anniversary of the Foreign Service

This month, the U.S. Foreign Service marks its 75th anniversary. Through much of the 20th century, the men and women of the Foreign Service have provided Presidents and ordinary citizens with expert, loyal and courageous front-line representation around the world in war and peace and all manner of crisis and disaster.

The experience of the Foreign Service, combined with the century and a half of citizen-diplomats from the origins of the U.S. republic, fashioned a distinctively American-style diplomacy reflecting the nation's commitment to liberty and democracy.



From sand dunes to waterfalls to dry, dusty and sometimes hilly terrain, Burkina Faso is stark and seemingly unyielding. Nonetheless, cotton, sugarcane, sorghum and maize fields dot the countryside. Women resplendent in bright-colored clothes with babies snug on their backs walk slowly along the roadside, balancing on their heads pots for water, clothes for washing or food for the day.


Remembering Kirby Simon

Kirby Simon was completing his first Foreign Service tour in Taiwan when the 33-year-old junior officer died in April 1995 from carbon monoxide poisoning.

The sudden and tragic loss of Mr. Simon--due to a faulty heater in his government-leased apartment--left a tremendous gap in the lives of those who knew and loved him and in the Foreign Service.


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