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The ceremony for the Annual State Department Awards is typically held in November. The 2013 ceremony officiated by Secretary Kerry was held in November 14 last year at the Ben Franklin room in Foggy Bottom. Although the names of awardees are normally released by cable internally, the names and photos do not make it to the public sphere until they are published by State mag early the following year. This past January, State mag published the names, and we have extracted the names/photos of awardees below.
You will note some familiar names (and not so familiar ones) and posts. The former chargé d’affaires and OMS at US Embassy Libya received awards. The RSO for US Embassy Turkey received the Bannerman award recognizing outstanding contribution to security (see deadly terrorist attack on Embassy Ankara February 1, 2013). FSOs in Missions Brazil, Pakistan, and Mexico did very well garnering awards ranging from exceptional vision, leadership, and excellence in reporting.
Seems to be a banner year for consular folks. Note that the consular boss for Mission Brazil Donald Jacobson received the Raphel Memorial Award for ”outstanding leadership and direction” of the consular team. US Embassy Yemen’s consular chief, Stephanie A. Bunce received the Barbara Watson Award for Consular Excellence for “inspired leadership” (see US Embassy Yemen: Revocation of U.S. Passports, a Growing Trend?). Emily J. Makely received the Mary Ryan Award for “professionalism and personal commitment to thesecurity and well-being of U.S.citizens in Rwanda, as well as U.S. citizens being evacuatedfrom the Democratic Republic of Congo” as the sole consular officer at US Embassy Kigali.
The DCM award went to Laura Farnsworth Dogu of US Embassy Mexico. In 2006, Ms. Dogu also received the Watson Award for Consular Excellence for “her efforts to protect children through the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction.” Take a look.
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