Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 17, 2010


Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will preside over a ribbon cutting ceremony to formally dedicate the completion of the facility expansion project of the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center on Friday, June 18 at 12:15 p.m. at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, Virginia.

Under Secretary for Management Pat Kennedy and General Services Administration Senior Counsel Stephen R. Leeds will also participate in the ceremony.

The expansion of the Shultz Center adds space for critical language and technology training as well as for inter-agency professional and leadership development courses. The facility was named for Secretary Shultz by an act of Congress in January 2002. Secretary Shultz supported the creation of a dedicated Department facility for training and authorized the original construction of the facility.

The ceremony will be open to credentialed members of the media. Media should arrive at 4000 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA and proceed to the Visitor Center.

Pre-set time for video cameras: 11:15 a.m.

Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 11:30 a.m.

The FSI campus is located on the former site of Arlington Hall Station which, beginning in 1942, was occupied by U.S. Army units. The site was transferred to the Department of State in 1989 for the purpose of building the campus to be the home of the Department’s training entity the Foreign Service Institute, which occupied the site in 1993.

Established in 1947, FSI is the U.S. Government’s premier foreign policy training center. With an annual enrollment of over 60,000, FSI prepares foreign affairs professionals from the Department of State and 47 other federal agencies to effectively articulate American values and implement U.S. foreign policy.

PRESS CONTACTS:

Department of State
Foreign Service Institute
Wayne Oshima
(703) 302-6730

Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 627-2492

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