■■■■U.S. Consular Affairs in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. On February 14, 1952 rt@ “Ernest B. Gutierrez, Alamogordo Native, has received the honor of being named Officer in Charge of the Consulate in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. A commissioned member of the United States Foreign Service: Ernie B. Guitierrez was studied at Eastern New Mexico State University while training as a Naval Air Cadet as the U.S. prepared for World War II, but he was recruited and brought to Washington in 1941 by the U.S. Department of State, beginning a diplo career in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela and in the Middle East- Europe. On Wednesday, August 21, 2013, Ernie B. Gutierrez, age 94 , passed away peacefully after a heart attack earlier in the month. ■■■■■April 15, 1962 – U.S. CONSULATE BOMBED /Chicago Tribune Archive/ The United States consulate- at Puerto la Cruz was bombed today, killing one Venezuelan employee and injuring others… ■■■■■Inspirational thoughts and reminders to U.S. Foreign Service Officers & Specialists in their everyday life abroad. %☆ “U.S. International diplomacy inherently involves two things: risk and danger” @Susan R. Johnson former AFSA President 2009/2013 RT more inspirational thoughts from @ Susan R. Johnson :●”Hardship posts, really, it’s just all the things= you do not get that we would consider normal” ●” 89 percent of the foreign service now say they have served in hardship posts of 15 percent or above. And when it comes to what the foreign service refers to as “danger posts”. ●”Thirty-three percent say they’ve served in unaccompanied posts. And ‘unaccompanied posts’ means they’re so dangerous that you can’t take your family”. ●”That’s the environment in which diplomacy needs to operate, and we accept that”. ●” If you add up all the ‘terrorist attacks,’ we have 16 out of 22″. ●” for all the risk and danger that accompany the diplomatic life, there are plenty of rewards, too.” ●” It’s not a career where you’re going to get rich,” “But you may have a very rich life experience. And most people retire really proud to have served in the foreign service, and to have represented their country and lived history. Because that’s a lot of