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Acting Director General Hans Klemm Congratulates State Department Employees Jonathan Gandomi and Thomas Browne Named as 2014 Service to America Medal Finalists

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 5, 2014


Acting Director General Hans Klemm is pleased to announce that two Department of State employees have been named as finalists of the 2014 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, a national awards program that honors the achievements of federal employees. Jonathan Gandomi, a Stability Operations Officer in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations is one of the five national finalists for the National Security and International Affairs Medal. He was nominated for coordinating U.S. efforts to end the atrocities of the Lord’s Resistance Army, one of Africa’s oldest and most brutal extremist groups, and for helping victims overcome decades of violence. Thomas Browne, the Deputy Director of the Office of Anticrime Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs is one of five national finalists for the Career Achievement Medal. He was nominated for transforming drug prevention and addiction treatment programs in 70 countries around the world, providing special care and assistance to women and children.

The Partnership for Public Service will name the eight recipients of 2014 Service to America Medals, including the Federal Employee of the Year, at a Washington, D.C. gala on September 22, 2014. Visit for more information.

The Service to America Medals award was created in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.


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