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 Office, Overseas 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.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Secretary of State Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA). Inspiring clips from interviews with former Secretary of State James Baker, Susan Baker, SOSA winners [Foreign Service employees and family members] with projects in Kigali, Chennai, Abuja and Madrid, AAFSW leaders, and a charismatic official from the Nigerian Ministry of […]
June Byrne Spencer (age 98) died peacefully in her home in Chevy Chase, MD, on October 13. Born and raised in Bay City, Texas, she came to Washington to attend Arlington Hall School. She worked for the federal government during the New Deal years, and as a State Department employee she was posted to Madrid […]
If you’ve been a member of AAFSW for any time at all, it is likely that you have come across Patricia Linderman, whether you’ve seen her name or met her in person. Patricia has played a huge role in many aspects of AAFSW over the years and it is our privilege to announce that she […]
Stephanie Arnold: “A Firm Believer in the Value of EFM Employment” Stephanie Arnold, former Human Resources Officer (HRO) and Financial Management Officer in Dublin, will receive AAFSW’s 2015 Champions of Career Enhancement for EFMs (CCE-EFM) Award on November 10. The award includes a cash stipend of $750. We interviewed Ms. Arnold by e-mail about […]