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Published:June 20th, 2006 08:52 EST

Director General George M. Staples Commends Department of State Employees Named as 2006 Service to America Medal Finalists

By SOP newswire

On June 20, Director General George M. Staples announced that three Department of State employees have been named as finalists for the 2006 Service to America Medals, a national awards program to honor the achievements of federal employees. Ambassador Nancy Powell (Homeland Security Medal), Political Military Officer Matthew Lowe (Call to Service Medal), and Special Assistant Christina Sanford (Call to Service Medal) are three of the 30 national finalists for the awards.

Ambassador Powell led key diplomatic efforts to organize international preparations for an avian flu pandemic. Political Military Officer Matthew Lowe played a critical role in laying the groundwork for the historic agreement between the United States and India on nuclear energy. Special Assistant Christina Sanford served as chief of the legal office at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq and provided critical support for Iraq’s democratically elected government.

The nominations are not only a tribute to the employees, but also to all other Department of State employees worldwide who work tirelessly to create a more secure, democratic, and prosperous world for the benefit of the American people.

Nine Service to America Medals awardees will be announced at a dinner and awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 27, 2006. Service to America Medals were created in 2002 by the Partnership for Public Service, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization committed to recruiting and retaining excellence in the federal civil service and Atlantic Media Company.

Source: DoS