A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Mr. Dinkelman began his career with the Department of State in August 1988. Prior to assuming his current assignment as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Logistics Management in August 2019, he served as Chief of Staff in the Bureau of Administration.
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 location – 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.