Elizabeth Slater and Director General Carol Perez sit in armchairs on the stage for the launch of the Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy initiative.

Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy

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Introducing the “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy” Initiative:

Recognizing Heroes from Our Past and Present

Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy

In September 2019, the U.S. Department of State launched a new initiative called “Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy.” Over the coming year, the Department of State will highlight modern-day “Heroes Among Us,” alongside heroes from our Department’s rich history. These heroes have displayed sound policy judgment, as well as intellectual, moral and even physical courage while advancing U.S. foreign policy goals.

U.S. diplomatic missions overseas and domestic bureaus nominated current or recently retired Department of State employees for modern-day selectees. The Department of State’s Office of the Historian nominated figures for the historical portion of this initiative. Heroes may be current or former Civil Servants, Foreign Service Generalists or Specialists, non-career appointees, or Eligible Family Members and Locally Employed Staff working under Chief of Mission authority. The finalists were selected by a Steering Committee comprised of senior Department officials.

For general inquiries, please direct your message to HeroesOfDiplomacy@state.gov.

The inaugural Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy honoree, Elizabeth Slater, poses with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and her family members in front of Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy banners.
U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo introduces the inaugural selectee of the Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy initiative at the launch event at the U.S. Department of State on September 13, 2019.
Audience members applaud inaugural Heroes of U.S. Diplomacy honoree Elizabeth Slater U.S. Department of State on September 13, 2019.

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