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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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A U.S. Marine sits at the site of U.S. embassy bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, April 18, 1983.  (AP/ Wide World Photos)FORMER MARINE SECURITY GUARD REMEMBERS THE 1983 BOMBING OF THE U.S. EMBASSY IN BEIRUT

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.

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Aftermath of the bombing of the U.S. Marines barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, Oct. 23, 1983.  (AP/ Wide World Photos)

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.

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Nigerien National Police officers with the Diplomatic Security Service's (DSS) Special Program for Embassy Augmentation and Response (SPEAR) team take a "suspect" into custody (rear) as other officers continue their search of a suspected "terrorist safe house" during the multinational Flintlock 2018 counterterrorism exercise in Niamey, April 18, 2018.   DSS provides training and equipment for the SPEAR teams to serve as a quick reaction force for embassies in crisis. (U.S. Department of State Photo)

DSS PARTICIPATES IN FLINTLOCK 2018

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.

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Diplomatic Courier JoAnne Dieckman, India, circa 1956 (Private Collection)

TREKKING THROUGH PARTS UNKNOWN: WOMEN COURIERS AND THEIR PREDECESSORS -- PART I

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.

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