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Emil Skodon
Ambassador, Brunei Darussalam
Term of Appointment: 09/07/2005 to 08/01/2008

Ambassador Emil SkodonAmbassador Emil Skodon was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam on September 7, 2005, and presented his credentials to His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei on November 1. A career diplomat and Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service of the United States, Ambassador Skodon had previously been Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Rome, Italy, since August of 2002.

Prior to his Rome assignment, Ambassador Skodon was detailed to the U.S. Air Force as Foreign Policy Advisor to the USAF Chief of Staff. He was in the Pentagon during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, and afterwards helped coordinate diplomatic and military actions in the war on terrorism. He also served as Director of the State Department Office of Australian, New Zealand, and Pacific Island Affairs from 1998 to 2000, Deputy Chief of Mission at the American Embassy in Singapore from 1995 to 1998, and United States Consul General in Perth, Australia from 1991 to 1995.

Ambassador Skodon was Counselor for Economic Affairs at the American Embassy in Kuwait from 1989 to 1991, and was in Kuwait when Iraq invaded in August 1990. After Iraqi authorities reneged on their promise of safe passage for an evacuation convoy led by Ambassador Skodon and prevented U.S. diplomats from leaving Iraq, he served as Acting Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Ambassador Skodon departed Iraq in December 1990 after U.S. hostages were released.

Ambassador Skodon was also assigned to the economic sections of U.S. embassies in Vienna (1984-88) and East Berlin (1979-81). He served in the State Department Office of Southern African Affairs (1982-84) and at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados (1977-78). He has received several State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor awards. He was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U.S. Army in recognition of his work as Deputy Chief of Mission in Rome, and the Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service by the U.S. Air Force for his contributions to Air Force operations during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Emil Skodon was born on November 25, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois. He holds BA and MBA degrees from the University of Chicago, and has studied German, Arabic, and Italian at the Foreign Service Institute. He is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.



Released on December 28, 2005

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