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Service in Iraq and Afghanistan

Statement by Secretary Condoleezza Rice
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May 27, 2008

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I would like to take this time to thank the dedicated men and women of the Department of State, Foreign Service, Civil Service, Locally Employed Staff, and retirees alike, who have stepped forward to serve at our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. I am proud of their achievements at the forefront of diplomacy and national security, in fulfilling two of our country’s highest foreign policy priorities. I am asking that you consider joining this highly motivated team of professionals as we look for volunteers for positions opening in 2009.

I visit Iraq and Afghanistan on a regular basis and I have seen our efforts firsthand. Working closely with other civilian colleagues, our military, and Iraqi and Afghan counterparts from all levels of government and civil society, the Department of State is making a difference in the lives of ordinary people. We are helping to rebuild local and national governments, foster economic development, and promote reconciliation. The results are inspiring.

Our brave volunteers are doing a tough, but necessary, job far away from family and friends. Employees and their families deserve our nation’s gratitude.

I assure you that they have mine, and I encourage you to join our teams in Baghdad and Kabul.



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