Typically in November each year, the State Department honors Foreign Service Nationals or LE employees from each of its six regional bureaus worldwide. One of the six awardees is also selected as the FSN of the Year. The names of awardees are usually announced via cable but not available publicly until 2-3 months later. Last year’s awardees have now been published in the February 2011 issue of State Magazine (extract provided below).
From State Mag: “The winners represent thousands of other Locally Employed Staff around the world, without whose efforts U.S. missions could not function, said Under Secretary for Political Affairs William Burns, who handed out the awards. “They are truly the backbone of every U.S. embassy and consulate,” he said.”
The FSN of the Year Award went to Dominique Gerdes, a visa specialist at the U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Visa Specialist, Consular Section
U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Agha Tanveer Hussain
Senior Security Investigator, Regional Security Office
U.S. Consulate General, Lahore, Pakistan
Passport and Citizenship Specialist, Consular Section
U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria
Program Assistant, Refugee and Migration Aff airs
U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand
Special Consular Services Assistant, Consular Section
U.S. Embassy in Paris, France
The winner representing the Bureau of African Affairs was unable to come to Washington for the awards ceremony. Abureau representative said, “Due to concerns for the individual’ssafety, we are unable to reveal the name of AF’s FSN of the Year.”
2010 State Department Awards FSNs http://d1.scribdassets.com/ScribdViewer.swf?document_id=50395352&access_key=key-ggat8yia001jweet88v&page=1&viewMode=listSource: Extracted from State Magazine | February 2011