The U.S. Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) today awarded the 2019 OSAC Country Council Achievement Award to the Kabul Country Council for demonstrating excellent leadership, collaboration, and engagement during a time of significant security challenges and threats.

According to the nomination citation, the Kabul Country Council served as a pivotal hub of security information sharing for U.S. government and private organizations working within the country. The team exchanged security updates on a near-daily basis, allowing businesses and organizations operating in Afghanistan to have the latest updates on potentially hazardous situations, like improvised explosive device detonations, attacks, and other dangers.

“In the current environment, which includes peace talks, a potential transition of U.S. forces, and upcoming presidential elections, it is more important than ever that U.S. businesses and government organizations share timely and accurate security updates,” said Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) Senior Regional Security Officer (RSO) Maureen McGeough. DSS RSOs are the senior U.S. law enforcement officer at embassies and consulates, and serve as the DSS representative on OSAC country councils.

“Through our information exchanges and regular interactions, the Kabul Country Council ensured that the OSAC community was well informed throughout the Afghanistan operating environment.”

The Kabul Country Council includes 250 security professionals from various businesses and the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Created in 2006, the Kabul Country Council also received the OSAC Achievement Award in 2015.

Established in 1985, OSAC is the country’s premier public-private partnership that exchanges information on the overseas security environment and security issues of mutual concern. Country councils are trusted networks comprised public and private security professionals who regularly operate within that country. Members exchange up-to-date information related to security within the region.

For more information on OSAC, visit the website at www.osac.gov. For press-related queries, please email DSS public affairs at ds-press@state.gov.

U.S. Department of State

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