Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Career in Public Service: From San Antonio to India

Iris Gonzalez,

Image from article, with caption: Maridela Ortiz (left) and José Vega, with unidentified consulate employee, celebrate the Indian holiday Holi on the consulate grounds at Paigah Palace.

Circling the block where the U.S. Department of State’s consulate is situated was no easy feat in the crowded Indian city of Hyderabad. ...

Security is tight, and after a trip around the congested block, dodging scooters, pedestrians, and more men with weapons, I was dropped off at a safe distance from the security barriers and entered the U.S. Consulate General Hyderabad to meet with Vice Consul José Vega.

For San Antonio native Vega, 31, and his wife, Maridela Ortiz, 32, this is their first joint posting with the U.S. Foreign Service. ...

Following their first assignments in India, Ortiz will serve as an economic officer at the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan, while Vega will be the staff assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, learning about political issues and public diplomacy. ...

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