Office of Civil Rights
February 1, 2014

Date: 02/01/2014 Description: Black History Month 2014: Alonzo McRae - State Dept Image "As the youngest of three children, I’m the first person in my family to go to a university and attain a degree. I went to college in New Mexico where my life changed. There I talked to an Army recruiter and started my career with the U.S. Army. As a Black American, I’m a proud member of a chosen few who represents our country with the opportunity to work for the State Department as a security engineering officer. I have begun my service with Technology Development Branch and one overseas tour in American Consulate General Frankfurt. I have come a long way from my humble upbringings from the streets of Chicago to the Department of State.

After having hopped around Army bases as a child, I joined the U.S. Army and served overseas for several years, spending time in Kosovo and Hungary. I was in Iraq during the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. A highlight of my service came when I met the woman who would become my wife in Germany.

I started classes in 2005 and completed the program obtaining my master’s of science degree in electrical and computer engineering technology while in the Department of State in 2010. What attracted me to State is the opportunity to help foster a change that affects the world and protect those interests since I’ve done it for so long with the U.S. Army."