2012 Foreign Service Promotions List — Some Familiar Names

The 2012 promotions list came out sometime back and was posted in AFSA’s website in September but we’ve been swamped and are just catching up now.  Here is a partial list with some familiar names to this blog.  The names with hyperlinks have been mentioned previously in this blog. See this for an explanation of the ranks in the Senior Foreign Service.

FE-MC to FE-CM (minister counselor to career minister)

Blake Jr., Robert Orris
Goldberg, Philip S.
Nuland, Victoria Jane
Sison, Michele Jeanne
Smith, Daniel Bennett

FE-OC to FE-MC (counselor to minister counselor)

Albrecht, Karl Philip (previously Chargé D’Affaires a.i., US Embassy in Monrovia)
Allegra, Theodore
Armstrong, Bruce
Barkley, Clare A.
Blau, Robert I. (previously DCM at US Embassy San Salvador, currently ??)
Brady, Roberto G.
Brennan, John Brien
Campbell, Piper A.* (previously Iraq, current ambassador to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
Cohen, Jonathan Raphael
Cohen, Mark J.
Cormack, Maureen E.
Creamer, John S.*
Delaurentis, Jeffrey*(current Alternate Rep to the UN)
Dogu, Laura Farnsworth (previously  ConsChief at Cd.Juarez, currently DCM at US Mission Mexico)
Douglas, Walter
Ebert-Gray, Catherine I.
Elliott, Susan M.* (current ambassador to Dushanbe, Tajikistan)
Engle, Thomas Scott
Ferdinand, Marilyn Claire
Fowler, Valerie C.
Goodspeed, Daniel Edward
Green, William S.
Guthrie-Corn, Jeri S.
Hammer, Michael A.* (currently A/S for Public Affairs)
Hardt, David B.*
Hartung, Robert A.
Heidt, William A.
Herman III, James William (previously MCCA at US Mission India)
Hodges, Thomas Mark
Hohe, Martin Paul
Hunter, Charles F.*
Hunter, Mark J.
Jacobson, Donald Emil (currently MCCA at US Mission Brazil)
Keiderling, Kelly Ann
Kim, Sung Y. (current ambassador to Seoul, South Korea)
Law, John C.*
Le Clair Jr, Russell G.
Leonard, Mary Beth* (current ambassador to Bamako, Mali)
Lu, Donald (currently DCM at US Mission India)
Lukens, Lewis A.* (current ambassador to Dakar, Senegal)
Malac, Deborah R. (current ambassador to Monrovia, Liberia)
Martin, William John* (previously Consul General Karachi, currently ??)
Matthewman, Robin Hill (previously Chargé D’Affaires at US Embassy Uruguay, currently??)
Mayfield, Elizabeth Kay Webb
McAnulty, James P.*
Miller, Thomas S.
Moore, Barry M.
Mullins, Michael C.
Olson, John E.
Osius III, Theodore G.
Rapson, Robert Glenn
Riley, Robert A.
Robbins, Gary D.
Robinson, Todd D.*
Rooney, Matthew Morrow
Smith, Dana Shell (currently PDAS at Public Affairs and of the Peter Van Buren fame)
Smith, Dean L.
Spratlen, Pamela L.* (current ambassador to Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic)
Sullivan, Stephanie S.
Sutton, Susan Mary.
Thurston, Michael E.*(previously Chargé D’Affaires at US Embassy Burma)
Wedderien, Paul Allen
Wells, Alice G.
Williams Jr., Thomas E.
Wood, Robert A.* (previously Deputy Spokesman, currently ambassador to IAEA)
Zeya, Uzra S. (PDAS at DRL, currently also Executive Secretary for the Pickering ARB)
Ziff, Benjamin G.

Click here for the full list.

I should add that among those who made the jump from the regular Foreign Service to the Senior Foreign Service (FS-01 to FE-OC) are Nina M. Fite who is currently Consul General in Lahore, Pakistan and John W. Dinkelman, who has been Chargé D’Affaires since November 2011 at the US Embassy in Nassau.






Former Secretaries of State in the News: Book Signing, Benghazi, Endorsement

Madeleine Albright who was Secretary of State from January 23, 1997 – January 20, 2001 under Bill Clinton was in a verbal altercation with a group of pro-Serbian activists at a book signing in Prague. And of course, they had their camera rolling and it made the news and YouTube:

Condi Rice who was SoS from January 26, 2005 – January 20, 2009 under George W. Bush was on Fox News about the Benghazi attack. She told Greta Van Susteren that “The Accountability Review Board… will indeed take a look at whether or not the preparations were adequate, given what was known about the intelligence picture. I myself have received reports from Accountability Review Boards.” And folks turned off their teevee.

Colin Powell who was SecState from January 20, 2001  –  January 26, 2005 under George W. Bush endorsed President Obama for the second term made a smaller splash than his 2008 endorsement. But Mr. Sununu (of the Air Sununu fame) suggested that Secretary Powell endorsed President O because both men are African American, and the endorsement became bigger news.  But … but Mr. Sununu and Mr. Romney are both … does that mean …. ?  Mr. Sununu went soft and all and  said in statement from the campaign that“Colin Powell is a friend, and I respect the endorsement decision he made, and I do not doubt that it was based on anything but his support of the President’s policies.”  I don’t think these guy are getting together for Thanksgiving this year.




Photo of the Day: Zombies Attack Royal Air Force Lakenheath, No Survivors!

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England — Members of the 48th Security Forces Squadron cordon off a safe haven for runners during the RAF Lakenheath Survival Challenge Oct. 19, 2012. More than 100 base personnel volunteered to be undead during the run hosted by Lib 5/6, RAF Lakenheath’s E-5 and E-6 private organization. Runners were released in groups of 8 to 15 through a base-wide course filled with peril. Their objective was to finish the run with at least one of their three “lives” remaining. The zombies were classed by speed; “crawlers” were slow, “lurchers” were a medium speed and “the infected” were sprinters. The event mixed fun and fitness with the spirit of Halloween.

(from left) Senior Airmen Sean Hilton, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, Codey Van Horne, 48th Civil Engineer Squadron water fuels systems maintenance, and Anthony Grant, 748th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems apprentice, attempt to break through “dead end” tape prior to the RAF Lakenheath Survival Challenge Oct. 19, 2012. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Morgan)

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– DS