AAFSW at a Glance


The Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide (AAFSW) was established in 1960 and is the oldest non­-governmental organization supporting the American diplomatic community.

AAFSW is a primary advocate and serves as a support network for family members of Foreign Service employees. AAFSW advocacy was responsible for the creation of the Family Liaison OfficeOverseas Briefing Center, and the Foreign Service Youth Foundation.

AAFSW membership extends to all of the foreign affairs agencies. We participate in the Inter­Agency Roundtable (quarterly information ­sharing events for family member support offices from all foreign affairs agencies) and the Foreign Affairs Council (a forum for non­-governmental organizations related to the Foreign Service.

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How to Address a Break in Employment

So many of us, especially the “trailing spouse”, have a break in our employment for some reason or another. The Foreign Service often gives us the choice of taking a break from our careers or forces us into leaving our chosen profession for a tour (or three or four). If you have already taken a […]

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Memorial Service for June Byrne Spencer

The family of June Byrne Spencer (May 30, 1917 – October 13, 2015), first President of the AAFSW, will hold a memorial event for friends and family of June Spencer on Saturday June 4, 2016 during the 11:00 a.m. service at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3240 “O” Street NW in Georgetown, Washington, DC, to be […]

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Tai Chi Workshop – May 31

AAFSW cordially invites you to join us for an interesting and educational Tai Chi workshop on Tuesday, May 31, at 7:00 p.m. It will take place in the Capitol Room at Oakwood Apartments, 501 N Roosevelt Boulevard, Falls Church, VA 22044.This workshop is offered by international gold medal winner Shunying Barela, who is married to […]

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