John Dinkelman’s term ended on August 20, 2019.
Prior to assuming his duties as Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration on March 12, 2019, Mr. Dinkelman had served as Chief of Staff in the Bureau of Administration since July 2018.
Mr. Dinkelman’s overseas assignments with the United States Foreign Service have been to: Yugoslavia, The United Kingdom, The Marshall Islands, The Netherlands, Turkey, Mexico, and most recently to The Bahamas as Chargé d’Affaires. Domestically, Mr. Dinkelman has served as Executive Director in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, as Director of the Office of Caribbean Affairs, and in the Orientation Division of the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia where he was responsible for the initial training of all incoming Foreign Service Officers. During his service at the Foreign Service Institute from 2002 to 2007, he trained over 2,700 officers – more than 40% of the U.S. diplomatic corps – for which he was awarded the State Department’s 2006 Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award.
As an “army brat” Mr. Dinkelman was raised in various locations – none of which he can claim as his hometown. His heart is tugged, however, toward Provo, Utah, where he graduated with degrees in Business and Spanish from Brigham Young University. Although the State Department’s Language Testing Unit maintains that Mr. Dinkelman speaks Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Dutch, and Turkish, he knows better than to claim proficiency in anything but English – and there’s good reason to doubt even that.