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Federal Employees News Digest : Aug 19, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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FEDERAL EMPLOYEES NEWS DIGEST (ISSN 1065-0970) is published weekly except first week in January and last week in December by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Annual subscription rate is: US $39. Subscription inquiries and customer service: Mail to: Federal Employees News Digest, PO Box 15428, N. Hollywood, CA 91615-5428, customerservice@feder- aldaily.com or call (800) 989-3363, fax (818) 487-4550. © Copyright 2013 by 1105 Media, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproductions or distribution in whole or part prohibited except by site license or reprint purchase. The information in this newsletter has not undergone any formal testing by 1105 Media, Inc. and is dis- tributed without any warranty expressed or implied. Implementation or use of any information contained herein is the reader's sole responsibility. While the information has been reviewed for accuracy, there is no guarantee that the same or similar results may be achieved in all environments. Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. August 19, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 5 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com it's like to work overseas, especially in a country that is unhealthy and downright dangerous. I recently talked with the daughters of two career ambassadors, as well as with a still-working (but now Washington- based) ambassador. The ambassadors' assignments included Morocco, Niger, the United Arab Emirates and a posting in two other countries I can't remember. One of the young women grew up over- seas. She was born in Africa and remem- bers drills---constructed like games---in which she went to the "safe room" of the embassy, which is designed to protect the staff until help arrives. She remembers the Marine guards. Her brother noted that the guards wore clip- on ties for safety's sake, so when a bad guy yanks on them, they come off in his hand, leaving yours free to take action. And remembered how the Marines used low-tech .38 revolvers with speed-loaders, instead of semi-automatics that sometimes don't work when you most need them. The other daughter was with her par- ents in the Middle East this week when the embassy shutdowns were ordered. She said extra Marines came in, secu- rity was tightened up and additional .50 caliber machine guns were brought in, along with other protections. (How many daughters know that much about their parents' work, or about the virtues of a .50 caliber machine gun or revolver when negotiations break down?) Before the embassies were reopened, I asked her: Was she worried? Of course she was worried, she said. But people who work at embassies are professionals and they were working with professionals. Careful, but not fearful, she said. The other thing she said was that now, with her just out her teens, she had a new appreciation for how hard her parents work. Long days. Difficult deci- sions. Some of them life-threatening, involving the United States, the embassy, her parents, the ambassador's kids and the extended embassy family. "Then when they are 'off ' work, there are two or three events a week they must go to," she said. When the kid of an overseas worker--- civilian or military---asks "What kind of a day did you have, Dad?" or "What's going on at the office, Mom?" many of them really care. And they understand what their folks do beyond just getting in a car and driving off. The ambassador said the government doesn't want any more Benghazi's. Doesn't want another ambassador killed. Doesn't want the outcry that followed it, with politicians from the right saying it was a security breakdown, while those from the left said that everything that could have been done was done. "Now, they are going to really err on the side of caution," he said. He said there is a facility in California where military and civilian personnel are trained under Iraq-style conditions. Very hot. Very dry. But with blanks instead of real bullets. Very different from the meeting down the hall most of us have to attend to work out a job-related problem or issue. The next time I have a bad day at the office, I am going to weigh the horror of the Beltway at rush hour against the option of being locked away in a safe room with a survival kit waiting for the Marines, SEALs or Delta Force to come to the rescue. Okay. Weighed it! I'll stick with the traffic. But I am glad that there are people out there who are willing to be out there. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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