As a retired member of the United States Foreign Service, I am proud to have represented American interests and values in eight countries over my more than 30 years of service.
I write this as Foreign Service Day approaches on May 1, intended to honor our active-duty Foreign Service members. Members of the U.S. Foreign Service of the Department of State are dedicated, hardworking public servants whose mission is to promote American interests, values, and national security.
As the new coronavirus pandemic continues its march across the world, members of the Foreign Service have been working around the clock to bring home thousands of Americans stranded abroad. My colleagues are proud to serve their country. This global pandemic struck at a time when the Foreign Service was already facing a number of serious global challenges.
I hope that something good will come out of this frightening time, including the support the Foreign Service needs to best serve America’s interests abroad.
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