On Tuesday, June 5, 2018, many of AAFSW members were invited to participate in the reception celebrating the Centennial of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijan Armed Forces Day. The spectacular celebration took place in the Andrew Mellon Auditorium, which was filled with many guests from the Department of State, the federal government, and many embassies. HE the Ambassador of Azerbaijan Elin Suleymanov, along with the Defense Attache Colonel Akbarou, welcomed all the invitees.
Secretary of the Department of Interior Ryan Zinke addressed the guests and emphasized the strengthened relationship between the United States and Azerbaijan over the years. The highlight of the evening was the cutting of the cake by Mrs. Elin Suleymanov by sword to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Guests were invited to the dance floor following an amazing traditional performance by dancers from Azerbaijan. The party went on well into the late hours and everyone wished a happy centennial to the people of Azerbaijan!
Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, PhD