Three senior diplomats nominated to receive rare rank of Career Ambassador: currently serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and HR

A career ambassador is equivalent in rank to a 4-star General and Flag Officers in the US military. Like military ranks and other Foreign Service ranks, the Senior Foreign Service grade system assigns rank in person, not rank in position.

3 FAM 2230:  Career ambassadors (FE-CA)—In recognition of especially distinguished service over a sustained period, the President may, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, confer the personal rank of career ambassador on a career member of the Senior Foreign Service (see Section 302(a)(2)(A) of the Act).

Via Laura Rozen of Politico

President Barack Obama has nominated three veteran American diplomats to receive the rank of Career Ambassador.

Nominated for the honor, which recognizes extremely distinguished service, are: U.S. Amb. to Iraq Jim Jeffrey, a former U.S. Amb. to Turkey and National Security Council Middle East advisor; the State Department Director General of Human Resources Nancy Powell, a former U.S. Amb. to Nepal and National Intelligence Officer for South Asia; and former U.S. Amb. to Argentina and veteran diplomat Early “Tony” Wayne, currently the deputy U.S. Amb. in Afghanistan.


    1. President Obama has nominated the following career members of the Senior Foreign Service for conferral of the personal rank of Career Ambassador, in recognition of their especially distinguished service:

    James Franklin Jeffrey

    Nancy J. Powell

    Earl A. Wayne

    2. The recommendations by the Secretary to The President resulted from the findings of the 2010 Career Ambassador Review Panel. The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

    3. We all join in congratulating our colleagues on being nominated for this highest honor in the foreign service.

We note that Ambassadors Jeffrey (Iraq) and Nancy Powell (HR) were also two of the State Department’s Presidential Rank awardees for 2009.

Not all ambassadors, of course, get the personal rank of Career Ambassador.  In fact, very few, actually gets nominated and granted such a rank. Ryan Crocker, the former US Ambassador to Iraq was one. President Bush conferred on him the personal rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the Foreign Service in September 2004. Also, former ambassador and “P”, Marc Grossman (he was briefly HR/DG from 2000-2001), former ambassador and “P”, Thomas Pickering, former Ambassador Frank Wisner.   There must be a few others more ….

Anybody out there knows who are the members of the 2010 Career Ambassador Review Panel?

Also — we’re curious on who actually nominates the members of the Review Panel?

2010 Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad

Via the State Dept’s press shop:

Deputy Secretary of State James B. Steinberg will present the 2010 Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad to the six winners from different geographic regions at a ceremony on Thursday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Diplomatic Reception Room at the Department of State.

The awards recognize U.S. Government employees; family members, including domestic partners; and other members of household at embassies and consulates who gave exceptional volunteer service to their communities, mission or host country, or rendered outstanding assistance in emergencies. This year’s award winners include:

Shirley A. Winter – Yaounde (AF)

Shameera M. Wiest – Kuala Lumpur (EAP)

Mindy R. Michels and Melissa E. Schraibman – Tirana (EUR)

Beth A. Brownson – Mumbai (SCA)

Jose M. Torres – San Jose (WHA)

A brief synopsis of the volunteer activity that earned each winner her/his award can be found at:

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the SOSA awards by Secretary of State and Mrs. James Baker. To honor this milestone, the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide have created an on-line publication entitled “FS Volunteers – 20 Years of Grassroots Diplomacy.” The publication documents the contributions and outstanding volunteer service provided by over 400 Foreign Service employees and family members at U.S. embassies and consulates all over the world. The publication is available at