Secretary Pompeo To Deliver Remarks at the Foreign Affairs Day Celebration and Attend the AFSA Memorial Plaque Ceremony on May 4

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will deliver the keynote address at the Department of State’s Foreign Affairs Day for Active and Retired Employees of the Department of State and other Foreign Affairs Agencies on Friday, May 4 at 3:45 p.m. in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Department of State.

Secretary Pompeo also will deliver remarks at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) Memorial Plaque Ceremony at 4:15 p.m. in the C Street Lobby. The Secretary will be joined by Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan, Under Secretary Thomas A. Shannon, Deputy Under Secretary William E. Todd, and AFSA President Ambassador Barbara Stephenson. The AFSA Memorial Plaque Ceremony honors those who have lost their lives while serving overseas due to circumstances distinctive to the Foreign Service, including acts of violence or terrorism. AFSA President Barbara Stephenson will preside over the ceremony and deliver welcoming remarks. Secretary Pompeo and Under Secretary Shannon will also give remarks paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country around the world. They will also pay their respects to the family and friends of the heroic employees whose names will be added to the plaque:

Michael Andrew Cameron Andy Jordan, a Foreign Service specialist, died on December 18, 2016 in Juba, South Sudan.

Selena Nelson-Salcedo, a Foreign Service officer, died on June 4, 2017 in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Both events are open to the press. Please note: Due to timing and required preset times, press will not be able to cover both events.

For the keynote address at the Foreign Affairs Day Celebration, preset time for video cameras is 2:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. Final access for writers and still photographers is 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

For the AFSA Memorial Plaque Ceremony, preset time for video cameras is 3:30 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance. Final access for writers and still photographers is 3:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport)

Source: U.S. Department of State