November 11, 2013

Date: 11/11/2013 Description: Veterans Month 2013: Edgar Malone - State Dept Image Edgar Malone works for the Bureau of Consular Affairs as visa analyst since 2011. He is the main point of contact of several U.S. Embassies and consulates in the Western Hemisphere providing advice and support in several issues related with national security and terrorism. He started his career with the U.S. Department of State as intern in 2006 working for Houston Passport Agency. Mr. Malone is a seasoned Consular Affairs team player. He served at the Washington Passport Agency, the Special Issuance Agency and worked in Recife, Brazil as consular officer adjudicating and interviewing hundreds of visa applicants. Edgar Malone volunteered to participate in several consular task forces (CTF) including Japan and Egypt. Most recently, he was part of the Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) program in which he worked as an intelligence vetting officer clearing hundreds of Iraqis and Afghanistan applicants wanting to immigrate to the United States. The SIV program allows Iraqi and Afghanistan citizens who worked for the U.S. Government during OIF/OEF the opportunity to immigrate to the United States. He was invested in this task because he understands the hard work and contribution of Iraqi/Afghanistan workers in combat zones. He received an invitation from the White House due to his efforts and contribution in the SIV program.

Mr. Malone joined the U.S. Army in 2002. He started his military training in Fort Sill, OK and Fort Lee, VA. After an extensive military preparation he was stationed in Fort Hood, TX. Fort Hood is the world’s largest military installation, home of the 4th Infantry Division, III Corps, and the legendary 1st Calvary Division (America’s first team). Luckily, Edgar was assigned to 1st Calvary Division and was consequently deployed to Iraq in 2004 to help with the war on terrorism. He participated in several combat operations as well as in humanitarian efforts in Baghdad. Mr. Malone was promoted while in combat zone something that he is very proud of it. Being promoted in the military while deployed in combat zone is a privilege and a special occasion, Edgar says. Mr. Malone received numerous military awards due to his motivation and dedication with the U.S. Armed Forces. The Army commendation medal and the Iraq campaign badge were presented to Mr. Malone after his successful participation in the Middle East. Edgar’s experience in Iraq played an important role of his getting involved in foreign affairs as well as in pursuing a career with the U.S. Department of State.

Edgar, originally from Lima, Peru, graduated from Tarleton State University in Texas with a B.A. in political science and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown University, Washington DC. He enjoys reading foreign affairs literature and is well versed in Latin American politics. Soccer, biking, and bodybuilding are also some of his interests.

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