Counselor Tom Shannon with Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne will travel to Vietnam to discuss U.S.-Vietnam priorities on February 3

SOURCE: U.S. State Department


January 30, 2015

DEPARTMENT OF STATE
PUBLIC SCHEDULE
JANUARY 30, 2015


COUNSELOR TOM SHANNON

Counselor Shannon is on travel to Pakse, Laos, Hanoi, Vietnam, and United States Pacific Command (PACOM) from January 30 through February 7. Counselor Shannon will be accompanied by Senior Advisor to the Secretary Ambassador David Thorne to lead the U.S. delegation to the Extraordinary Meeting of the Friends of the Lower Mekong in Pakse, Laos on February 2. On February 3, Counselor Shannon and Ambassador Thorne will travel to Vietnam to discuss U.S.-Vietnam priorities. At PACOM,Counselor Shannon will consult with military leaders on issues in the East Pacific region.


http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/appt/2015/01/236967.htm

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser Appointed David Do as the Director of the District’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

SOURCE: dc.gov


Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces Director for Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs


Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced David Do as the Director of the District’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA). The announcement came at the 26th Annual Korean-American Grocers Association of Washington, DC (KAGRO-DC) Scholarship Award Banquet at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family.

Do is a seasoned community advocate, a champion for neighborhood engagement, and committed to education issues. Do, who previously served in the administrations of Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and Mayor Vincent C. Gray, also worked with various community-based organizations to promote capital improvement grants during his tenure at the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED).

“David is a passionate leader who is committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of the District of Columbia,” said Mayor Bowser. “I welcome David’s enthusiasm and am delighted to have him join our team. David will be instrumental in working with the AAPI community on behalf of my Administration to deliver a fresh start for the District’s residents.”

“I am excited to be appointed by Mayor Bowser to lead the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs,” said Do. “I will bring my experience and deep understanding of various community groups and stakeholders in Washington, DC to my new role. My focus will be on making sure that the Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has a strong advocate and voice within the District.”

As Director, Do’s goal will be to move forward together by continuing to build bridges between the District’s AAPI community and all Washingtonians. Do will lead OAPIA in its mission to improve the quality of life for District AAPIs through advocacy and engagement. Do will advise the Mayor, the Council, and District agencies on the views, needs, and concerns of the AAPI community, provide recommendations on District programs and initiatives affecting the AAPI community, and help to coordinate programs and initiatives within District government that promote the overall welfare of the AAPI community.

KAGRO-DC is an advocacy organization dedicated to furthering the interests of Korean American business owners in the District. Since 1987, KAGRO-DC has awarded over $300,000 to more than 300 DC local students through the Annual Scholarship Award Banquet.

The DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs is your connection to the DC government. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for District Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders through advocacy and engagement. Visit us at www.apia.dc.gov.


http://apia.dc.gov/release/mayor-muriel-bowser-announces-director-office-asian-and-pacific-islander-affairs

Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar Travels to Vietnam and Singapore

SOURCE: U.S. State Department


Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 21, 2015


Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Puneet Talwar will travel to Vietnam and Singapore January 22-27, 2015.

In Hanoi, Vietnam, Assistant Secretary Talwar will lead the U.S. delegation to the seventh U.S.-Vietnam Political, Security, and Defense Dialogue. This year, the United States and Vietnam celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations. The talks will highlight the U.S.-Vietnam Comprehensive Partnership and our continued commitment to the region. The dialogue will focus on bilateral cooperation in maritime security, peacekeeping, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, criminal justice and law enforcement sector cooperation, and regional security. Assistant Secretary Talwar will also deliver remarks on U.S.-Vietnam security cooperation at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam.

In Singapore, Assistant Secretary Talwar will attend the Fullerton Forum, a conference on Asia-Pacific security issues sponsored by the International Institute of Strategic Studies. While in Singapore, he will also meet with senior civilian and military officials from Singapore and across the region to discuss regional security, maritime security, and defense trade.

For further information, please contact the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at PM-CPA@state.gov and follow @StateDeptPM on Twitter.


http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2015/01/236165.htm

March of Life

SOURCE: Our Lady Church of Vietnam Parish – 01/22/15




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