2015 DS 10K

The 2015 Diplomatic Security 10K Annual Tribute Run/Walk will be held on October 10 at Burke Lake Park in Northern Virginia.

Now in its fifth year, this annual fun run honors the Diplomatic Security community and those who have fallen in the line of duty.  Funds raised will go towards the DS Foundation to help families in need, fund scholarships, and more.

This family-friendly “fun run” is open to everyone of all ages, whether you are a DS employee, family member, or just want to support the cause.  After the run, we’ll celebrate with food and prizes. Get your entire family and friends to join the fun!

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

DS10K in Washington, DC 2014

Please register before September 1st to guarantee
that your complimentary runner’s shirt will be ready
for pick-up before the event.  Event registration will now
close on October 3, 2015.

 

Not Located in Washington, D.C.?

Those located outside of the Washington, D.C. area can also participate!  This is aglobal event, and we encourage all domestic field offices, overseas posts, and other offices to participate remotely.  If you are located outside of the Washington, D.C. area, please do not register on this website.  If you are interested in serving as a DS 10K Coordinator at your post, please contact dssaa.events@gmail.com and we can put you in touch with the DS10K coordinator at your post.  Please indicate your interest to serve as a coordinator before July 30, 2015.

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Thank you National Police Week 5K DSS Team

“Team DSS” participateTeam DSS 2015 National Police Weekd in the National Police Week 5K on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. in Washington, D.C. Thank you to all the runners, joggers, walkers, and supporters of “Team DSS”.

Highlights from the National Police Week 5k, in which DS had the largest team participating (several years in a row now), and who also had a best combined time which resulted in a #1 finish ( a team’s top three runner finish times) of the over 100 police/LE teams running, with well over a thousand runners!!

Thanks to Bart Brown for organizing, and DSSAA for providing team shirts!!

 

Timing by RunWashington Timing  (results@runwashington.com)

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******  TEAM RESULTS ******

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  1. 55:28 Diplomatic Security Service (Team DSS)  (18:30 average time)

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1    18:17    988 Andrew Klemas        M

2    18:30     87 Lance Bailey         M

3    18:41   1422 Justin Peele         M

4 (  19:49)  2031 David Young          M

5 (  20:05)  2008 Tyler Wood           M

6 (  20:16)    40 Maria Amaya          F

7 (  21:12)  1576 Daniel Robrahn       M

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March 2015: Memorial Fund for U.S. Marshall Josie Wells

Please consider donating to a fallen officer’s family.

Deputy U.S. Marshall Josie Wells was killed in a shootout in Baton Rouge, LA while he and other officers tried to arrest a man suspected of killing two people outside a New Roads nightclub. Attorney General Holder read a message from President Barack Obama at his funeral.  Holder said that Wells knew the risks and importance of his job and that he wore the badge proudly. Wells was the first deputy marshal killed in the line of duty in the U.S. since March 2011.

Josie left behind a wonderful wife and an unborn son that is due on September 4, 2015 – who will be named after his father.  His wife is going through a tough time right now, but people can help contribute a donation to U.S. Marshall Wells’ family.

You can donate by March 31, 2015 at this link: http://www.wafb.com/story/28476076/together-for-josie-donate-now.

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February 2015: FLEOA Member in Need

This is a message from our partners at the Federal Law Enforcement Officer Association, which are happy to share:

Special Agent (SA) Lisa Oltman, United States Secret Service, Vice Presidential Protective Detail’s infant son Eli is in a desperate fight and needs our help.

Not too long ago, Lisa noticed a mole on Eli’s back that began to grow very quickly.  Test results came back and determined it to be melanoma.  Because an infant with melanoma is almost unheard of, there are very few doctors with experience, let alone an expertise, in this arena.  At the age of six months, Eli underwent his first surgery to remove the cancer from his back at a local hospital in Virginia but ended up being referred to the “Pediatric Melanoma” specialists at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas for further treatment.  This is the only place in the country Lisa was able to find doctors who specialize in Eli’s condition and also have an expertise in treating infants.

The oncologist on Houston specializes in pediatric bone and melanoma cancers, and the surgeon specializes in melanoma.  Eli’s cancer has metastasized and is attacking several parts of his body.  He has had a second surgery and several treatments to combat this disease.  It is going to be a long and challenging road to travel with surgeries to eliminate as much disease as possible and subsequent immunotherapy treatment to rid his body of the cancer.

Eli is the youngest melanoma patient to date, but the doctors at MD Anderson believe he can beat this disease!

Eli needs our help.  Lisa’s friend, SA Michelle Ciolek with the Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations, has set up a Go Fund Me link for donations.  Donate here to help little Eli win his fight for life.

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February 2015: National Police Week 5K – Join the Team!

Calling all runners, joggers, and walkers!  This year’s National Police Week 5K will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time in Washington, D.C.  If you are interested in joining the “Team DSS” team, please contact Bart Brown at BrownB@state.gov.   You can also register on the website, click on “join a team,” and select “Diplomatic Security Service (Team DSS).”  Discounted rates are available if you register before March 1.   For more information about the race, visit www.nationalpoliceweek5k.com.

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February 2015: Now Accepting Applications – 2015 DS Foundation Scholarship

The Diplomatic Security Foundation awards an annual college scholarship of $2,500 to a high school senior(s) planning on attending any institute of higher learning at the university, community or vocational level. The 2015 award is for high school seniors entering their freshman year during the 2015-16 school year. Depending on funds available, at least one scholarship award will be made.

The scholarship is available to students related to a Diplomatic Security employee who is either an active, retired, former or deceased employee, or a DS contractor. In addition, the employee/contractor must have had three or more years of consecutive service with DS. The student may be a child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild or a ward of the DS employee/contractor.

Applications are available online at http://dsfoundation.org/scholarship.html. The application deadline is May 1, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Sarah Rothleder at manager@dsfoundation.org

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January 2015: DSSAA Job Opening in DC/VA Area

DSSAA is looking for a professional, self-motivated, organized, high-energy individual for a manager position within our organization. As a member of the DSSAA team, you will contribute by running our small retail locations and website sales offering DSS merchandise.  DS family members are highly encouraged to apply.  PLEASE SEND YOUR RESUME WITH LETTER OF INTEREST TO MANAGER@DSSAA.ORG.

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Ed Seitz, the Special Agent in the Iconic Hat, Honored a Decade after His Death in Iraq

Date: 12/01/2014 Description: Diplomatic Security Special Agent Ed Seitz was killed October 24, 2004, in a mortar attack while on duty in Iraq. (U.S. Department of State photo) - State Dept Image

Diplomatic Security Special Agent Ed Seitz was killed October 24, 2004, in a mortar attack while on duty in Iraq. (U.S. Department of State photo) – State Dept Image

“In American folklore the good guys are the ones wearing the white hats, and Ed Seitz wanted everyone to know which side he was on.

Special Agent Seitz, killed in the line of duty a decade ago in Iraq, said he wore his trademark wide-brim hat to make a strong impression – so that people would remember him, and remember he was a federal agent who was there to help.

Not that he needed the hat.

“When he walked into a room, he took over that room, his personality just filled it up,” recalled his brother, Detective Bill Seitz, with the Division of Police in Cleveland, Ohio. “Depending on what side of the table you’re on, you either loved him or you hated him, but one thing’s for sure, you never forgot him. Once he was there, he made his presence known.”

A decade after his death, his personality was still filling up rooms.

Not many pews were vacant at the Most Holy Trinity Church near downtown Detroit, Michigan, where scores of family, friends, and law-enforcement colleagues paid tribute to Special Agent Seitz’s life and service to the nation. The memorial took place Oct. 24, 2014, the 10th anniversary of the Sunday morning in Baghdad when a mortar struck him, making him the first U.S. Department of State officer killed in Iraq. He was 41 years old. A former policeman in the Cleveland area, where he grew up, Seitz served 16 years as a Diplomatic Security Service special agent, with assignments across the United States and around the world, including tours in Yemen and China, but Detroit was a place he often called home.

The church, in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, was a few blocks west of the DSS Detroit Resident Office where Special Agent Seitz spent two tours. He was most recently posted in Detroit before departing for his assignment as Assistant Regional Security Officer in Baghdad, and former law-enforcement colleagues in the city continue to hold annual observances in his honor. The Emerald Society of Detroit Metro Police put up a stone tablet in front of the church with a simple inscription: “In loving memory, Special Agent Edward J. Seitz, age 41 years; end of watch, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, Baghdad, Iraq.”

Date: 10/24/2014. Monsignor Russell Kohler (right) of Detroit's Most Holy Trinity Church greets Special Agent Ed Seitz's family members (left to right): sister-in-law Colleen Seitz, niece Shannon Seitz, mother-in-law Adelaide Davidson, brother Bill Seitz, and wife Joyce Davidson Seitz after an October 24, 2014, service marking the 10th anniversary of his death in Iraq.  (U.S. Department of State photo) - State Dept Image

10/24/2014. Monsignor Russell Kohler (right) of Detroit’s Most Holy Trinity Church greets Special Agent Ed Seitz’s family members (left to right): sister-in-law Colleen Seitz, niece Shannon Seitz, mother-in-law Adelaide Davidson, brother Bill Seitz, and wife Joyce Davidson Seitz after an October 24, 2014, service marking the 10th anniversary of his death in Iraq. (U.S. Department of State photo) – State Dept Image

“I’m going to stand in front of you to celebrate Eddie’s life, not mourn his death,” said his brother, Detective Bill Seitz. “Of course we’re all going to get choked up; it’s just going to happen. But if you knew my brother, you knew he was larger than life. You knew he enjoyed every ounce of life to the fullest. He was kind of one of those guys that took everything to the extremes. And he was awesome.”Ed Seitz’s wife, Joyce, moved from Detroit years ago but attended the memorial. They met in the mid ’90s in Sana’a, Yemen, where he was assistant regional security officer and she was working for the U.S. Agency for International Development, better known as USAID. She asked that the remarks be a tribute to her husband’s vibrant life, rather than a sorrowful or grief-stricken event.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bill Miller, director of the Diplomatic Security Service, flew in from Department of State headquarters in Washington, D.C., to attend the gathering. The DSS is a small community, and Miller and Seitz had been friends.

“I could talk about fate, and I could talk about sadness,” Director Miller said, “but the reality is, I would rather thank God for the opportunity to have known Ed, and for the opportunity to continue with our memories of Ed.”

Along with the hat – he always wore the hat – Seitz is legendary in the Diplomatic Security community for his willingness to help.”

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October 2014: Hundreds Run to Honor the Fallen

 Over 450 Participate in the 2014 DS 10K Run/Walk

The 2014 Diplomatic Security 10K Run/Walk was held in early October at several U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe, as well as in Washington, D.C.  Now in its fourth year, this annual run honors the Diplomatic Security community and those who have fallen in the line of duty.

This year, more than 450 runners, walkers and families gathered worldwide to show support for the DS community and remember the fallen. This year’s participating posts included Algiers, Bamako, Caracas, Kathmandu, Lusaka, Osaka-Kobe, and Tirana – the largest showing of overseas participation since this annual event started four years ago.

Contributions from the event go towards the DS Foundation to fund scholarships and to help DS families in need.

DSSAA thanks everyone who participated and volunteered this year!

2014 DS10K in Lusaka

2014 DS10K in Lusaka

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Bamako

2014 DS10K in Bamako

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Washington, DC

2014 DS10K in Tirana

2014 DS10K in Tirana

2014 DS10K in Kathmandu

2014 DS10K in Kathmandu

2014 DS10K in Kathmandu

2014 DS10K in Kathmandu

2014 DS10K in Caracas

2014 DS10K in Caracas

2014 DS10K in Bamako

2014 DS10K in Bamako

2014 DS10K in Algiers

2014 DS10K in Algiers

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August 2014: Stock Up on UNGA Items!

Heading to the 2014 U.N. General Assembly this year?  Stock up on this year’s UNGA swag before you go!

 

2014 UNGA Coin
Member price: $5
Non-member price: $6.50

2014 UNGA Coin2014 UNGA Coin Side 1

 

 

 

 

2014 UNGA Lapel Pin
Member price: $1.50
Non-member price: 2.50

2014 UNGA Pin

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