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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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DSS Participates in Flintlock 2018

The U.S. Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service is participating in Flintlock, U.S. Africa Command’s annual and largest Special Operations Forces exercise. 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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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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