Diplomatic Security Service leaders presented a plaque to the U.S. ambassador during a reception honoring the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Diplomatic Courier Service, at the George C. Marshall Center, U.S. Embassy Paris, on December 3, 2018.
Participating in the plaque presentation were (left to right) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures Todd Brown; U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco Jamie McCourt; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Christian Schurman, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service; and Jose (Eddie) Salazar, Director of the Diplomatic Courier Service.
The event highlighted the essential, longstanding role that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Diplomatic Courier Service plays in supporting U.S. diplomacy. After the 1918 Armistice, the U.S. Department of State assigned a group of handpicked U.S. Army messengers to the U.S. embassy in Paris to support the peace negotiations that led to the Treaty of Versailles. The couriers hand carried diplomatic pouches across war-torn Europe and into Bolshevik Russia, providing crucial support to U.S. diplomacy. A century later, over 100 badged diplomatic couriers travel the globe safeguarding our nation’s most sensitive information and materials.