Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 18, 2013


Secretary of State John Kerry will address the Foreign Service Institute’s (FSI) Security Overseas Seminar on Monday, May 20, at 9:00am at the George P. Shultz National Foreign Affairs Training Center. The speech is part of his ongoing commitment to security training for Department of State and other Federal Government employees.

The Security Overseas Seminar is a two-day security awareness program intended to better prepare our work force and their families for the security challenges overseas. Subject matter experts provide information and guidance on a range of topics which include personal security, environmental hazards, explosive devices, fire safety, evacuation planning, crisis management, weapons of mass destruction, and hostage survival. This course is mandatory for Department of State direct-hire employees prior to their first overseas assignment and highly recommended for their families. It is also mandatory for Foreign Affairs agency employees prior to their first overseas assignment and highly recommended for their family members.

FSI offers a separate Youth Security Overseas Seminar (YSOS) for children of Federal Government employees preparing for overseas assignment. The course is held at the FSI campus.

Established in 1947, FSI is the U.S. Government’s premier foreign policy training center. With annual enrollment of over 130,000, FSI prepares foreign affairs professionals from the Department of State and 47 other federal agencies to articulate effectively American values and implement the foreign policy of the United States while serving in over 190 countries around the world.

The event will be open to the press.

Address for FSI: 4000 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA
Press Parking at FSI – Lot P-1
Press would need to enter the Visitor Center to be cleared into Building K.
Pre set for video cameras: 7:30 a.m. at FSI Building K.
Final access time for journalists and still photographers: 8:15 a.m.at FSI Building K .

Media representatives may attend events upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver’s license or passport).

For additional information, please contact Wayne Oshima at FSI at (703) 302-6730, or the State Department’s Office of Press Relations at (202) 647-2492.



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