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Our BookRoom

BookRoom, which sells used books of all kinds, is located in “Foggy Bottom Mall” in the basement of the State Department’s HST Building. It’s open November through September (closed during AAFSW’s Art & BookFair each October) during weekday lunchtime hours: 12 noon to 2:30 p.m. Drop in to get some bargain reading material, and support […]

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Our Art & BookFair

Starting with a “Book Mart” in October, 1961, AAFSW has held a book sale every year at the State Department. This October, the Art & BookFair will once again offer books and treasures from all over the world. Our donors from the Foreign Service community have lived everywhere, and customers come to this sale knowing […]

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Winners, DAS Dierman, AAFSW President Athanasopoulos Owen

SOSA 2017

  Winners pose with DAS Constance Dierman and AAFSW President Dr. Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen.  From left: Anna Dworken (2017 Lesley Dorman Awardee), Craig Houston (2017 SOSA winner: EAP Bureau), Grace Anne Turner (2017 SOSA winner: AF Bureau), AAFSW President Dr. Joanna Athanasopoulos Owen, Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Human Resources Constance Dierman, Alesia Krupenikava […]

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Realities of Foreign Service Life

Mention a diplomatic career and most people imagine high-level meetings, formal dress and cocktail parties. Few stop to think that behind the occasional glitter of official functions are thousands of families facing all the routines and crises of life, far from home, relatives, and friends, in unfamiliar and sometimes unfriendly countries. The Realities series (Volumes […]

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Our Awards

AAFSW sponsors or assists with several awards for adult Foreign Service family members.The Secretary of State’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA). The annual AAFSW/Secretary of State’s Award for Outstanding Volunteerism Abroad (SOSA) recognizes the outstanding volunteer activities of U.S. Government employees, family members, and members of household over the age of 18 serving overseas.Champions of […]

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AAFSW Creates New “Foreign Service Hub” to Serve Our Community

AAFSW is proud to announce the launch of the Foreign Service Hub,, a user-friendly online source for all Foreign Service community resources. In the past, AAFSW’s Board and other volunteers have often been frustrated by the lack of awareness in the Foreign Service community about the support resources available to help them, ranging from […]

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