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Larry Dinger
Ambassador, Federated States of Micronesia
Term of Appointment: 12/18/2001 to 08/02/2004

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Larry Dinger was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia on December 18, 2001. He was nominated by President Bush on September 21, 2001, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 15, 2001.

Ambassador Dinger, a career Foreign Service Officer, was previously Deputy Chief of Mission and Charge' d' Affaires, a.i., at the U.S. Embassies in Kathmandu, Nepal (2000-2001) and Suva, Fiji (1996-99). Earlier diplomatic assignments included: Special assistant to East Asia and Pacific Affairs (EAP) Assistant Secretary Winston Lord (1995-96); Political officer in Canberra, Australia (1992-95); Country officer for Indonesia (1990-92); Political officer in Jakarta (1987-90); Staff assistant in the EAP Bureau (1985-86); and Consular officer in Mexico City (1983-85).

While at Embassy Mexico as a junior officer, Ambassador Dinger received the opportunity to run the Narcotics Assistance Unit for 6 months, managing a $10 million program. The International Narcotics Bureau (INM) granted him a Superior Honor Award. Embassy Jakarta (1989) and Embassy Canberra (1993 and 1994) nominated him for the Director General's Award for Reporting. In 1999, the East Asia and Pacific Bureau bestowed a Superior Honor Award on Ambassador Dinger for his leadership of Embassy Suva as Charge' d' Affaires, and a Group Superior Honor Award on the Embassy Suva commercial team. In 2001, the South Asia Bureau granted Ambassador Dinger a Superior Honor Award for leadership of Embassy Kathmandu.

Ambassador Dinger is a graduate of Macalester College (BA, 1968), the Harvard Law School (JD, 1975), and the National War College, Washington, DC (MA, 2000).

From 1968-72, Ambassador Dinger was a U.S. Naval Officer, serving in Vietnam (1969-70) and the U.K. He worked on the Udall Presidential Campaign (1975-76), was a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator John Culver of Iowa (1976-78), and was a candidate for State Representative in Iowa (1980). He is a member of the Iowa Bar and practiced law before entering the State Department in 1983.



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