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PANEL NINE—“We in the State Department value what the Marine Security Guards bring to the mission. To call this an elite group is an understatement.”

—Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell

In Tribute and Memoriam. Every day throughout the world, the courageous men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps Embassy Security Group put their lives at risk to help Diplomatic Security safeguard the facilities, equipment, and sensitive information required for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy. They stand shoulder to shoulder with DS in securing the working environment in which America’s diplomats operate. In the course of their duties, these dedicated Marines may suffer injury, and even death, under a range of circumstances, including hostile assaults. They understand the enormous risk in their jobs. But they put the safety and well-being of their country and its diplomats first.

Diplomatic Security honors the quiet strength and courage of those MSGs who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, on behalf of American diplomacy. We are forever grateful for their service.

We pay tribute to their courage and their devotion to serving their country. We know that their sacrifice and selfless dedication are an inspiration to their colleagues, and to Americans everywhere, now and in the future.

U.S. Department of State

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