By BRIAN L. GOLDBECK
Senior Foreign Service Officer Retired
As a former Foreign Service Officer, I was proud to advance American interests during my 32 years of service to our nation.
I write this as Foreign Service Day approaches on May 1. Foreign Service members are dedicated, hardworking public servants assigned to some 250 posts in 180 nations. Invariably they live far away, often serving under dangerous, trying conditions.
My colleagues are proud to serve their country. This global pandemic struck at a time when the Foreign Service was already overstretched and understaffed. Sadly, numerous critical positions in Washington D.C. and at embassies abroad remain vacant. My colleagues have, nonetheless, helped some 50,000-plus Americans stranded abroad to return home.
We can only hope that something good will come out of this frightening time, including the support the Foreign Service needs to best serve Americans and advance America’s interests abroad.