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U.S. Department of State Group Award for Heroism - Regional Security Office, U.S. Embassy (7/15/2012)
DS special agents, security protective specialists, security engineering officers, and Civil Service personnel were honored for coming to the aid of U.S. Embassy staff and visitors while under havy fire during a September 13, 2011, insurgent attack on the embassy and two other locations in Kabul.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism Brian C. Palmatier (7/15/2012)

Special Agent Palmatier assisted an injured U.S. Marine and then immediately rendered first aid. Special Agent Palmatier's actions helped to prevent the critically injured Marine from going into shock and stabilized his condition until other first responders arrived. Attending surgeons credited SA Palmatier with the Marine’s survival.


U.S. Department of State  Greening Diplomacy Initiative Awards - Bureau of Diplomatic Security (5/04/2012)
The bureau earned second place in the People's Choice category for the eco-friendly designs of its Miami Field Office and Denver Resident Office.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Special agents Justin Geinert, Errick Goodman, Steve Miller, Philip Rand, and Jeffrey Williams (07/21/11)
These special agents were recognized for their courageous performance that saved lives during an April 2010 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate General in Peshawar, Pakistan.


U.S. Department of State Daniel E. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Site Security Management - Special Agent Clifford Taliaferro (10/07/10)
For his work managing the security of a construction project for a new U.S. consulate compound in the high-threat enviornment of Karachi, Pakistan, the Department's Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations honored Special Agent Clifford Taliaferro with its first Daniel E. O’Connor Award for Excellence in Site Security Management.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Thomas Eckert (4/28/09)
Before, during, and after the arrival of Cyclone Nargis in Rangoon, Burma on May 3, 2008, ARSO Eckert demonstrated bravery, initiative, decisive action, and sound judgment that ensured a secure and safe environment for Embassy Rangoon and its staff. This included his rescue of an American family of five trapped in their flooded home, as well as his sustained efforts to ensure the safety and security of the U.S. Embassy and its staff during Burma’s worst natural disaster in a generation.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Andrew Perez (2/17/09) 

In the immediate aftermath of the crash of a commercial cargo aircraft in Belgium in 2008, Diplomatic Courier Perez quickly guided the aircrew to safety while simultaneously notifying the State Department of the incident -- all the while ensuring the security of sensitive diplomatic cargo destined for U.S. diplomatic missions in Bahrain and Iraq.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Earl Miller, Fredrick Ketchem, Mark Conord, Corey Ford, Philip Valdez, Matthew Kelley, Christian Horvath, Alan Chipman, Mario Reta, Bill Lanos, David Farrington, Brett Oestreich, Dwight Pierce, Anson Garlington, Clay Derryberry, Christopher Hubert, Lee Rowland, Dave Heddleston, David Motley, Kenneth McGuire, Pasquale Capriglione, Christopher Dowlin, Adam Dulin, Joseph Dogonniuk, Joshua Delaney, Erik Antons, Robert Picco, Robert Sommerville, Sarah Cloeter, Kenneth Fisk, Michael Kerns, Richard Fritz, John Satanek, Timothy Reid, Michael Fitzpatrick, Ryan McDonald, Angel Roldan, Lionel Strong (11/23/08)
For their heroism under fire during a deadly rocket barrage on U.S. Embassy Baghdad from March 23-31, 2008, these 38 Regional Security Office First Responders were honored for going to the aid of their colleagues under heavy fire, during 56 separate rocket attacks, with complete disregard for their own personal safety. The award citation states that their actions were selfless, valorous and in keeping with the highest standards of the Diplomatic Security Service and Department of State.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Bryan Bachmann, John Galvin, Joshua Godbois, William Reiser, Daniel Wilhelm (5/08)
These agents’ courageous and ongoing efforts to protect the Basrah Regional Embassy Office and its mission personnel and contractors during several periods of heightened violence and attacks throughout 2007 resulted in their nomination by the Department’s Near Eastern Affairs Bureau to receive the Department’s Heroism Award.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Bryan Bachmann, Daniel Wilhelm (2/08)
These agents’ courageous and ongoing efforts to protect the Basrah Regional Embassy Office and its mission personnel and contractors during several periods of heightened violence and attacks throughout 2007 resulted in their nomination by the Department’s Near Eastern Affairs Bureau to receive the Department’s Heroism Award.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Michael Poehlitz (Fall 2007)
Agent Poehlitz, the RSO at U.S. Embassy Managua in Nicaragua, took quick action that may have saved the life of an American citizen who had been arrested and charged with a violent crime by Nicaraguan authorities. The citizen, later cleared of all charges, was protected from an angry and violent mob in Managua by RSO Poehlitz.


U.S. Department of State Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service - Stephen Eric Sullivan (2/19/06)
Awarded posthumously, the Department’s Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service honored DS Special Agent Stephen Eric Sullivan who was killed in a September 19, 2005, terrorist attack on a U.S. motorcade in Mosul, Iraq. In his three years with DS, Agent Sullivan served in both Afghanistan and Iraq as an ARSO. The Thomas Jefferson Star recognizes individuals who incur an injury while serving abroad that results in death or permanent disability. It consists of a Foreign Service Star medal, and a certificate signed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of State.


U.S. Department of State Award for Heroism - Christopher Belmonti, Raymond Kyliavas, Alston Richardson (12/20/04)
These three agents attached to the Office of Mobile Security Deployment, a specially trained DS unit that responds to security emergencies, were presented with the Department’s Heroism Award for their actions in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, during an intense period of major public upheaval and violence in February of 2004. Following a U.S. Government order to evacuate Americans, the three agents placed their lives at risk in several instances that went beyond the call of duty, thinking not of their own peril but of the safety of others.


U.S. Department of State Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service - Edward Seitz (11/04)
The Department’s Thomas Jefferson Star for Foreign Service was awarded posthumously to DS Agent Seitz who was killed in Iraq on October 24, 2004, in a mortar attack at Camp Victory. Edward Seitz joined the DS Bureau in June 1988 and served as both a diplomatic courier and a special agent during his 16-year career, including service as ARSO at U.S. Embassy Sana’a; as the RSO at U.S. Consulate General Shenyang; and as ARSO at U.S. Embassy Baghdad. The Thomas Jefferson Star recognizes individuals who incur an injury while serving abroad that results in death or permanent disability.


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