On June 10, 1944, a B-24 Liberator bomber loses its engines following a raid on Japaneseforces. The pilot, 2nd Lt. William H. Wallace Jr., sacrifices himself to save the lives of his seven crew members. He leaves behind a wife and an unborn daughter, Judy. Seventy-one years later, Judy receives an email from a stranger who is working on a memorial project for World War II soldiers who served in China. Beyond reading old newspaper accounts and quiet family conversations, Judy has never fully explored what happened to her birthfather, but the stranger’s questions kindle a deep desire to learn more. Death in Wartime China: A Daughter’s Discovery weaves together Bill Wallace’s odyssey… Read MoreContinue Reading
Interview with Ambika Anand Prokop, Author of Greenfeet Guides
AAFSW’s content manager interviewed Ambika Anand Prokop, Founder and Author of Greenfeet Guides, world adventure books for kids (also EFM, Dubai, Singapore, Chennai, now DC). Read the interview below! AAFSW: When did you decided to start a book/guide series yourself? Ambika: The idea for Greenfeet Guides started in 2013 while I was exploring the Temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia with my children, then 5 and 7 years old. I was incredibly excited to visit this world famous monument once “hidden” in the jungle. But I also knew that roaming around a 1000-year-old temple on a hot and humid day, might not be my kids’ cup of tea! I looked… Read MoreContinue Reading
EFM Business Highlight: DiploDash
Your next pack out looms in the distance and your family is finally vaccinated and ready for visitors, how will you tackle the endless tasks for your move? DiploDash™ can help. After more than 15 years of moving, the thought of retirement seems easier than facing another PCS, DiploDash can help. You’ve arrived at post and you see exactly why you need that consumables shipment, DiploDash can help. If you just realized you don’t have a consumables shipment and you are hangry for some treats from home, DiploDash can help. DiploDash™, LLC strives to simplify the lives, minimize the stress and give back time to the diplomatic, military and expat… Read MoreContinue Reading
Q&A With Joyce Hooley, Author of Outside My Skin: My Midlife Detour as a Trailing Spouse in Ghana
Joyce Hooley, an EFM and AAFSW member, recently wrote a memoir about starting the Foreign Service lifestyle in midlife, when, after 25 years of having her husband follow her career as an American pediatrician, she became a trailing spouse at the age of 55. She wrote the book to share her experience with other trailing spouses and with friends who wish to better understand the unique Foreign Service experience. Joyce gave a few moments of her time to answer some questions for AAFSW’s Content Manager about her experience with this life and about the writing of her book. More information about her book is available on AAFSW’s EFM Book List,… Read MoreContinue Reading
Successful EFM Business Fair in Asuncion: Try One at Your Post!
In September, Embassy Asuncion hosted an EFM Business Day under the auspices of AAFSW. Five business owners in the community shared their products and services on the compound during the lunch hour. The event was organized to share information about AAFSW, promote business owners in the Foreign Service community, and to specifically highlight businesses at post. To encourage participation, the business owners raffled off their products and services and served a great selection of tasty treats. Business owners included Kristen Carpenter, who sells Beachbody and Shakeology products. She shared samples and success stories sent in by her clients. April Marcus is the brew-master for an independent brewing company, Brewjas Brewing,… Read MoreContinue Reading
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 break from your professional life, for whatever Foreign Service or non-Foreign Service reason, the very first step you have to take is to figure out why you took that break. Maybe you chose to take time off to raise your kids. Maybe you chose to follow your spouse to a country where you weren’t allowed… Read MoreContinue Reading
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