Date: 09/15/2010 Description: Hispanic Heritage Month 2010: Roberto Quiroz, II - State Dept ImageRoberto Quiroz II is a Foreign Service officer currently serving as deputy public affairs officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania.

Previously, Mr. Quiroz was assigned to Swahili language training at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) in Arlington, Virginia from 2009-2010. Prior to that period he served as political and economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Dili, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste from 2007-2009 where he was also responsible for public diplomacy and consular duties. He was enrolled in language training at FSI from 2006-2007; served as country affairs officer for Central America and Panama in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 2005-2006; as staff assistant at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs in Washington, D.C. from 2004-2005; and as vice consul at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 2002-2004.

Mr. Quiroz served as part of the U.S. delegations to the 2004 Asia Pacific Economic Conference in Santiago, Chile, and the 2005 Summit of the Americas in Mar del Plata, Argentina. In 2009 he was awarded the Department of State's Meritorious Honor Award for devising and implementing Embassy Dili's first comprehensive public diplomacy strategy.

Prior to entering the State Department, Mr. Quiroz served for eight years in the United States Air Force, where he earned his commission from the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) program. He was assigned to various positions in California, Texas, Arkansas, Honduras, and the Republic of Korea, and left the service at the rank of captain in June 2002.

Mr. Quiroz was born in Manhasset, New York and was raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, California. He holds a B.A. in political science from California State University, Northridge and speaks Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, and Bahasa Indonesia.