Bureau of Diplomatic Security
The Diplomatic Security Service is the law enforcement and security arm of the U.S. Department of State. It bears the core responsibility for providing a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
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On the afternoon of April 18, 1983, Sgt. Charlie Light – then the Marine Security Guard (MSG) assistant detachment commander at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon – was sitting in his office spit-shining his boots in preparation for an upcoming inspection when suddenly, at 1:05 P.M., everything went black.
DSS PHYSICAL SECURITY SPECIALIST RECALLS THE 1983 BOMBING OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS BARRACKS IN BEIRUT
Richard Truman and his unit deployed to Beirut thinking nothing was going to happen to them because they were part of a peacekeeping force. On October 23, 1983, a suicide bomb changed all that.
The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service participate in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise in Africa. Through a partnership with the State Department’s Antiterrorism Assistance program, this year’s exercise marks the most thorough integration of civilian equities into Flintlock yet.
More than half a century after the creation of the Diplomatic Courier Service, the first woman courier, Susan Shirley Carter, reported for duty -- 10 years after she joined the Foreign Service. DSS recounts the adventures of four women who traveled with the Diplomatic Couriers during the past six decades.