Her leadership was also felt beyond the diplomatic community. You are an exemplar of public service, of sacrifice, and dedication. Despite a violent kidnapping attempt and threats against your life, you remained at this critical post to complete your mission with steadfast courage and gallant leadership. Lynne, would you like to say a word?
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And let me also add — applause — Ambassador Holbrooke will be hosting a reception in the Delegates Lounge immediately following the ceremony, and we invite everyone to come to be personally able to give this extraordinary Foreign Service officer your best wishes. And it comes with a medal, too.
But an award such as this rarely reflects simply one person, and that is certainly so in my case.
My parents, sisters, and their families who are with me here today have been a wonderful source of support and strength throughout my Foreign Service career. Three years of a tough assignment in Peshawar simply would not have been possible without them and the encouragement that they have always given me from home. I want to thank President Obama, the Secretary, and Ambassador Holbrooke for their leadership of our country and at the Department in times such as these, and on what has to be one of the most complex foreign policy and national security challenges that has ever faced our nation.
It is also impossible for me to imagine my time in Peshawar without Ambassador Patterson and her leadership of our mission in Pakistan. She is a role model for younger officers and what it means to serve in our most challenging and dangerous posts. I would gladly work with her anywhere, anytime again. We have an incredibly strong and dedicated team, civilian and military, at our Embassy and consulates in Pakistan.
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The more difficult our circumstances became, particularly over the past year, the more determined our staff became to meet their responsibilities. That sort of commitment speaks volume about the character and quality of those serving our nation in these far-flung places, and I am proud to have worked alongside with them.
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I want to thank Assistant Secretary Boswell, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and especially my regional security officer staff for their unstinting support and personnel, training, and resources to strengthen and protect our Consulate in Peshawar as our security situation deteriorated. When I wrote my report of the attack that took place on August 26 th , , my final and perhaps most important comments were on the value of training.
I am certain that I survived that day because of the training that Diplomatic Security provides. Finally, and in many respects, most importantly, I want to acknowledge and express my deep appreciation to our Pakistani colleagues, hosts, and friends.
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My brave Pakistan driver was the real hero of the day of the attack, and every day after that, along with my Pakistani bodyguards who made sure that I was able to continue doing my job, we have an incredibly brave, loyal, and talented local staff at the U. Consulate in Peshawar. The challenges before them are serious and far-reaching. For my Pakistani friends who were horrified and worried that the attack on me would alter my view of Pakistan, I am mindful of how many innocent Pakistanis have suffered and are continuing to suffer from violence perpetrated by those who are so bankrupt in their ideology and vision that they are reduced to murdering women and children in markets and worshippers at mosques.
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