The Governator Visits US Embassy Baghdad

From US Embassy Baghdad: Governor Schwarzenegger Visits U.S. Embassy Baghdad. On November 17, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger visited U.S. military and civilian personnel in Iraq to thank them for their service to the United States of America. Hearkening to his role in the Terminator movies, the Governor kept his promise, made in 2003 when he first visited the troops in Iraq, telling them “I’ll be back“.

Ambassador Hill with the Governator
Photo from US Embassy Baghdad

Two other photos available here, only one enlargeable, the other, the governator’s thumbprint size, so don’t bother printing it out.

The Multi-National Force Iraq has another photo here available in Flickr in five sizes.

Twenty some more photos here from DVIDS available in high res. Videos of the Governator’s visit are here: Part 1 | 10:28 and Part 2 | 3:59

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SFRC Clears 14 State Dept Nominations

Fernandez, Barton, King, Kennard, Lomellin, Stroum, Polt, Tefft, Huebner, Prahar,

Also clears MCC’s Yohannes, IADB’s Arnavat and EBRD’s Hudson

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee cleared the following nominations yesterday (reported on November 17, 2009 by Mr. Kerry without printed report). These nominations now go to the Senate for a full vote.

Jose W. Fernandez, of New York, to be an
Assistant Secretary of State (Economic,
Energy, and Business Affairs), vice Daniel S.
Sullivan, resigned.

Frederick D. Barton, of Maine, to be
Representative of the United States of
America on the Economic and Social Council
of the United Nations, with the rank of
Ambassador.

Frederick D. Barton, of Maine, to be an
Alternate Representative of the United
States of America to the Sessions of the
General Assembly of the United Nations,
during his tenure of service as
Representative of the United States of
America on the Economic and Social Council
of the United Nations.

Robert R. King, of Virginia, to be Special
Envoy on North Korean Human Rights
Issues, with the rank of Ambassador.

William E. Kennard, of the District of
Columbia, to be Representative of the United
States of America to the European Union,
with the rank and status of Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.

Carmen Lomellin, of Virginia, to be Permanent
Representative of the United States of
America to the Organization of American
States, with the rank of Ambassador, vice
Hector E. Morales, resigned.

Cynthia Stroum, of Washington, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to Luxembourg.

Michael C. Polt, of Tennessee, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Minister-Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Republic of
Estonia.

John F. Tefft, of Virginia, a Career Member of
the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Minister-
Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to Ukraine.

David Huebner, of California, to be
Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to New Zealand, and to serve
concurrently and without additional
compensation as Ambassador Extraordinary
and Plenipotentiary of the United States of
America to Samoa.

Peter Alan Prahar, of Virginia, a Career
Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class
of Counselor, to be Ambassador
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
United States of America to the Federated
States of Micronesia.


MILLENNIUM CHALLENGE CORPORATION

Daniel W. Yohannes, of Colorado, to be Chief
Executive Officer, Millennium Challenge
Corportation, vice John J. Danilovich,
resigned.


INTER-AMERICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK

Gustavo Arnavat, of New York, to be United
States Executive Director of the Inter-
American Development Bank for a term of
three years, vice Miguel R. San Juan.


EUROPEAN BANK FOR RECONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT

James LaGarde Hudson, of the District of
Columbia, to be United States Director of the
European Bank for Reconstruction and
Development, vice Kenneth L. Peel.

SFRC Hearings: The Warlicks, Tsakopoulos Kounalakis

COMMITTEE ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
UNITED STATES SENATE
111th Congress
1st Session


Date:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Time: 10:15 A.M.
Place: 419 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Presiding: Senator Shaheen


Nominees:

  • Mary Burce Warlick, of Virginia
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of Serbia

  • James B.Warlick Jr., of Virginia
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of Bulgaria

  • Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, of California
    to be Ambassador to the Republic of Hungary

See the video of the confirmation hearings and read the prepared testimonies submitted to the committee here.

Special Agent Fred Ketchem: DS Employee of the Year

Fred Ketchem Sr., Special Agent Fred Ketchem,
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,
and Shareen Ketchem after the awards ceremony.
U.S. Department of State Photo.

DS Special Agent Fred Ketchem was named the Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security 2008 Employee of the Year.

At a November 5 ceremony at the Harry S Truman Building, Under Secretary for Political Affairs William J. Burns presented Ketchem with a certificate signed by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also received a monetary award of $10,000.

The award was given to Ketchem for his superior achievements as senior deputy regional security officer during his tour of duty at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

From March 2008 to January 2009, Ketchem helped manage all security programs and investigations on behalf of the U.S. Department of State in Baghdad — site of the largest U.S. Embassy in the world. Ketchem supervised a security staff of nearly 3,500 employees — including more than 80 Diplomatic Security Special Agents — and oversaw a budget of almost one billion dollars.

According to the State Department, Ketchem showed tremendous leadership and courage under fire in a war zone beset by more than 26,000 attacks during his tenure. In fact, soon after his arrival, the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad experienced its most intense period of sustained rocket attacks to date.

Ketchem and members of the RSO Baghdad team also received the Department of State’s 2008 Award for Heroism for selfless actions under heavy fire.

Ketchem is currently the Special Agent in Charge of Secretary Clinton’s protective detail.

Read the whole thing here.