Deputy Dog and her pack-mate visit the Washington Park memorial of her Uncle Chris, a legendary Special Agent with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
As a DSS Agent, Chris served at embassies around the world, to protect Americans and the U.S. Embassy Mission in that specific country. He was an inspiration to his colleagues and agents that followed in his very big footsteps. I am often asked what do these agents actually do, who do they protect? In short, The U.S. State Department Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) is located within The Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS) and with approximately 2,000 special agents. This is the security and law enforcement arm of the U.S. Department of State, with Secretary of State John Kerry currently at the helm. Every diplomatic mission in the world operates under a security program designed and maintained by Diplomatic Security.
In the United States, DS protects the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and foreign dignitaries/diplomats who visit the United States — such as Yasser Arafat, the Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela, Prince Charles, and countless other high-profiles dignitaries. The agency develops and implements security programs to protect the more than 100 domestic State Department facilities as well as the residence of the Secretary of State. The Secretaries of State this agent served under were Schultz, Baker, Christopher, Albright, Powell, Rice, Clinton and Kerry. The Secretary State’s main priority is Foreign Affairs. As you know in any position some manage their job much better then others. That is all will comment at this time. In addition, DSS Agents also investigate passport and visa fraud, counterterrorism, and conduct personnel security investigations and offices located in 25 U.S. cities and 159 foreign countries and is truly a global agency.
Deputy Dog has seen action both domestically and overseas. When overseas, DS develops and implements security programs to safeguard all personnel who work in every U.S. diplomatic mission around the world and to protect classified information at these locations. The DS presence overseas is led at each post (US Embassy) by a DSS Special Agent who is referred to as a Regional Security Officer, and who serves as the senior law enforcement and security attaché. They also work closely with the U.S. Marine detachment. As much as DSS agents strive to put in place strategic well-thought out plans to protect Americans and the Mission, they are only as good as the current information they have at hand. There is much controversy of late reported through various media, who are muddling through sources and documents to uncover the truth behind trending stories such the ambush on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi. There’s that! And… there are so many untold stories of interest from places many of never heard of, places dusty and forgotten where the U.S. has diplomatic relations and places where DSS agents put their life on the rocky line… These interesting and unique stories of embassy life in Bujumbura, Valletta, Guguletu and more, will be brought to you soon on Deputy Dog’s Blog. Putting Pad to Print