Special Agent Lombardo, Prime Minister Dileita Mohamed Dileita, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti Geeta Pasi, and Chief of Djibouti’s National Police Colonel Abdillahi Abdi Farah. (U.S. Department of State photo)
Michael R. Lombardo, a special agent for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, was bestowed the honorary title of “Chevalier” by the Prime Minister of Djibouti, Dileita Mohamed Dileita on February 5, 2012 at a ceremony in the capital city of that East African nation. The title was awarded to Lombardo in recognition of his outstanding effort while serving as the Regional Security Officer for the U.S. Embassy in Djibouti since August 2009.
Special Agent Lombardo worked closely with the Djibouti National Police (including Customs and Immigration personnel), the National Gendarmes, and the Djiboutian Coast Guard. The majority of his assistance work with the Djiboutian officials has been via the Anti-terrorism Assistance Program, a specialized training program for police officers and Gendarmes.
Lombardo was pleased to be selected for this honor and quick to share the credit with his colleagues, “I’m honored to be given this award, and I think that it recognizes the hard work that the entire office has put into the State Department’s assistance programs. Any time a Regional Security Office is recognized by another government, it is usually because they are assisted by a very capable staff, and supported by the entire organization. This is true in my case.”
Lombardo is the son of Amadeo and Marie Lombardo, formerly of Rochester, New York, and now of Meadville, Pennsylvania. He is a 1979 graduate of Bishop Kearney High School in Rochester. Following high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served as a military police investigator from 1980 to 1987. Following active duty he received a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah in 1993.
Lombardo entered Diplomatic Security in March 1996. During his 15 years with the Bureau, he has served nine years overseas as regional security officer at U.S. embassies in Djibouti, Djibouti; Jakarta, Indonesia; Karachi, Pakistan; Bujumbura, Burundi; and Abidjan, Cote D’Ivoire. In the United States, Lombardo has been assigned to the New York Field Office and the San Francisco Field Office. In addition, he served for three years as a member of the Mobile Security Deployments team, a rapid deployment unit that is sent to areas of man-made and natural disasters.
The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the U.S. Department of State’s law enforcement and security arm. The special agents, engineers, and security professionals of the Bureau are responsible for the security of more than 285 U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. In the United States, Diplomatic Security personnel investigate passport and visa fraud, conduct personnel security investigations, and protect the Secretary of State and high-ranking foreign dignitaries and officials visiting the United States. The Bureau has more than 35,000 employees worldwide.
Additional information about the U.S. Department of State and the Bureau of Diplomatic Security may be obtained at www.diplomaticsecurity.state.gov.