Photo of the Day: JK Salutes Two 42-Year U.S. Embassy Mexico City Employees

— Domani Spero
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Secretary of State John Kerry salutes Ana Elena Tappan Alvarado and Arturo Montano Robles during a visit to U.S. Embassy Mexico City on May 21, 2014, in recognition of the 42 years they each have spent working at the mission.

 

Secretary Kerry Greets Longtime Embassy Mexico City Employee Alvarado U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, during his visit to Mexico, hugs Ana Elena Tappan Alvarado in recognition of the 42 years she and Arturo Montano Robles, background, have spent working at U.S. Embassy Mexico City, May 21, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

May 21, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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Photo of the Day: Secretary Kerry Swears in Ambassador Timothy Broas

— Domani Spero

 

 

Secretary Kerry Swears in Ambassador Broas With Julie Broas looking on, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry swears in Tim Broas as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Secretary Kerry Swears in Ambassador Broas
With Julie Broas looking on, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry swears in Tim Broas as U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

 

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Photo of the Day: VPOTUS Swears in Bruce Heyman as U.S. Ambassador to Canada

— Domani Spero

 

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Bruce Heyman as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Vice President Joe Biden swears in Bruce Heyman as the U.S. Ambassador to Canada at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2014. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

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One Year: 327,000 Miles, 39 Countries and — @JohnKerry is Back!

— Domani Spero

Via state.gov: “Secretary Kerry Bids Goodbye to Senator Whitehouse After Completing Final Trip of First Year in Office.”

state.gov

via state.gov

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says goodbye to U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island on February 2, 2014, after he hitched a ride on the Secretary’s airplane on the flight back to Andrews Air Force Base from the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The trip was the final one of Kerry’s first year in office, during which time he spoke domestically, visited all major State Department agencies, and traveled across 327,000 miles to engage in diplomacy in 39 countries. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

On February 4, in celebration of this one year anniversary, the State Department apparently allowed him back on Twitter.

“It only took a year but @StateDept finally let me have my own @Twitter account,” he tweeted from @JohnKerry, his account that has been dormant since April last year.

This is a good thing. Since State folks have all been instructed to send the Secretary only  “policy-related questions” during his town hall meetings at State, perhaps now you can ask him non-policy questions on Twitter. Didn’t you always want to know who scoops Ben’s poop — a junior diplomat or a DS agent?

This could be fun!  Unless, of course, you’ve got a Department Notice also with instructions not to ask @JohnKerry questions in 140 characters?

Don’t worry.  Maybe on his second anniversary at State, Secretary Kerry will be allowed to do AMA on Reddit.  Now, not even Secretary Clinton did that!

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Photo of the Day: Ambassador Oreck Poses With Naked Finnish Arms in New Holiday Card

— Domani Spero

You might remember this blog post this spring: US Embassy Helsinki: Ambassador Bruce “Biceps” Oreck Launches Innovation Center.  That post includes a photo of Ambassador Oreck’s holiday card from 2012 showing a naked arm.  Imagine the scandal!

Now he’s baaaack!.  Folks, say hello to the members of the Finnish Sauna Society and Ambassador Oreck.  No foreseeable scandal.  Includes only Finnish naked arms, and proof of lesson learned!

And not/not Photoshopped.

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Now, go complain why he’s wearing a shirt in the sauna!

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Photo of the Day: Another Year, Another Research Season In Brrrrr-Freeze Antarctica

Via US Embassy NZ

“Each September since 1955 the United States has loaded our planes with scientists, support personnel, cargo, and Kiwi friends and flown south from Christchurch to restart, restaff, and restock full operations at the permanent stations on the Ice after being manned through the long, unforgiving Antarctic winter by skeleton crews. The austral summer research season is a massive, complex enterprise which just in the past ten years has involved flying more than 600 American missions to transport more than 45,000 passengers and about 50 million pounds of equipment and supplies.”

— Ambassador David Huebner

Read more here.  Slideshow includes shots of Mt. Erebus, the second highest volcano in Antarctica and the southernmost active volcano on earth. It last erupted in 2011.  Click here to see the Mt. Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO) online.

 

Photos via US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr

Well, hello there!
Photos by USAF Major Jason De Kruyf via US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr
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Photo of the Day: Operation Teddy Bear — Take It Or Else!

Via dvidshub:

“U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Joseph R. Frescatore and an Afghanistan border policeman hand a child a stuffed animal outside of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, Aug. 31. Soldiers of B Troop, 2nd Squadron, 38th Cav. Regt. and the ABP were working together to hand out stuffed animals to the local children.”

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck, 55th Signal Company) Date Taken: 08.31.2011

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Kristina Truluck, 55th Signal Company) Date Taken: 08.31.2011

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Photo of the Day: Key Leader Engagement and No Monkey Panky

Via dvidshub

“An Afghan National Army pet monkey sits on top of an Advanced Combat Helmet observing a favorite cigar belonging to U.S. Army 1st Lt. John Pleasants from 127th Military Police Company, Fort Carlson, during a Key Leader Engagement in Marawarh district of Konar province, Afghanistan, Sept. 9, 2011. Pleasants is a part of a routine Key Leader Engagement operation that enables Task Force Cacti, 2-35th Infantry Division win over the local population and show the insurgents they are no longer able to use Marawarah district for safe haven.”

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tia Sokimson/Released; Date Taken:09.09.2011

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Tia Sokimson/Released; Date Taken:09.09.2011

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