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FS career is 'amazing pace'.

Over the past decade my wife and I (retired from State in 2007) have watched the "Amazing Race" program on TV (in which pairs of partners race around the world over several weeks for a million-dollar prize) and thought often that as FSOs we are so lucky that in our careers we are involved in an ongoing amazing race.

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Since we married almost 44 years ago, we have traveled around the world four times, earned several million dollars and been to over 100 countries/territories, working in 44. Our "pit stops" (i.e. posts) during our time with USIA and then the State Department were Pretoria, Washington, Tashkent, Sao Paulo, Manama and Bangkok. Pre-Foreign Service pit stops were Uruguay, Spain, Singapore, Texas, California, Vermont and Colorado, and our post-FS pit stop is Arizona.

A career in the U.S. Foreign Service truly does afford one a life of multiple amazing races!

George K. Wilcox Foreign Service officer (Ret.)

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Title Annotation:Inbox
Author:Wilcox, George K.
Publication:State Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2012
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