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Deputy Chief of Mission Lewis Lukens

 Lew Lukens was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in London from to 2019. In that role he served as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom. From 2014-2016 Lew was the Department of State’s Diplomat in Residence for the Northwest; based at UC Berkeley, he was responsible for recruitment and outreach for the Department of State in Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and northern California. Lew was Ambassador to Senegal and Guinea-Bissau from 2011-2014, running one of the U.S.’s largest embassies in Africa. As Executive Director of the Department of State’s Executive Secretariat from 2008-2011, he directed all management support for Secretary of State…

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Ambassador Johnson’s Thanksgiving Day Remarks 2018

AMBASSADOR JOHNSON:  Happy Thanksgiving everyone. It is a blessing for the American community to come together in this beautiful cathedral.  This cathedral is a profound symbol of our incredible bond with the United Kingdom. I saw that again last week on the 60th anniversary of the American memorial chapel. For 60 years, St Paul’s has honored the…

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First Naturalization Ceremony at the new U.S. Embassy London

On Tuesday, August 21, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) held a special naturalization ceremony at the Embassy. Many members of the Embassy community joined in to witness this special event – the first naturalization ceremony to be held at the new London Embassy. The only people who can naturalize overseas are active duty members of the U.S. military during a designated period of hostility, and spouses of members of the U.S. armed forces who are residing abroad on official orders. This ability to naturalize overseas is in recognition and gratitude for military members who defend our country even before gaining the rights and responsibilities of a U.S. citizen, and for military…

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Biography of Susan A. Wilson, former Principal Officer Consulate General Edinburgh

Susan Wilson was the Principal Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom from August 2015  to July 2018. A native of Richmond, Virginia, she most recently served as the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Adana, Turkey, where her two main priorities were encouraging the internal peace process in Turkey’s volatile southeastern region, and working to alleviate spillover effects in Turkey from the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. She also served as Assistant Public Affairs Officer in Ljubljana, Slovenia; and as Vice Consul in Kingston, Jamaica. Prior to joining the State Department, Susan was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jizzak, Uzbekistan, and also taught…

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Biography of former Belfast Consul General Daniel James Lawton

CONSUL GENERAL LAWTON Dan Lawton assumed his duties as Consul General in Belfast in July 2015 and departed Belfast July 2018.  Most recently, he was the Deputy Director of the Office of Southern European Affairs in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Prior to returning to Washington in summer 2013, he served as the Political Counselor at the American Embassy in Athens (2010-2013), the Deputy Political Counselor in Caracas (2006-2009), and the Political-Military Officer in Copenhagen (2002-2006). He has also served in Lima, Karachi, and Mexico City and completed separate State Department assignments as the Country Officer for Cyprus and Sri Lanka. Dan…

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U.S. Takes First Steps Toward Embassy Relocation

U.S. Embassy London Press Release 02 October 2008   Meeting the challenge of providing a modern, open and secure American diplomatic facility in London, the U.S. State Department today signed a conditional agreement with the real estate developer Ballymore to acquire a site in the Nine Elms Opportunity Area in Wandsworth for the construction of a new Embassy. “This has been a long and careful process,” said Ambassador Robert Tuttle, who has led the search for a new site. “We looked at all our options, including renovation of our current building on Grosvenor Square. In the end, we realized that the goal of a modern, secure and environmentally sustainable Embassy…

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Surveying the new U.S. Embassy London building

U.S. Embassy London December 18, 2017 The new U.S. Embassy building in London is now officially on the map! On December 18, Ordnance Survey (OS) was joined by Deputy Chief of Mission, Lew Lukens, from the U.S. Embassy to accurately survey and map the new building. Mr. Lukens worked with OS Surveyor, Steve Ives, to…

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Ambassador Johnson’s Remarks to the Pilgrims of Great Britain

“Maintaining the strongest possible cooperative relationship across the transatlantic community is important for everyone, including the United States. It is in everyone’s interest that Brexit be transparent, smooth, and orderly. But whatever the outcome of the negotiations between the UK and the EU, Britain should know you will have a strong and reliable trade and investment partner in America.” Ambassador Robert Wood Johnson Remarks to The Pilgrims of Great Britain September 12, 2017 (As prepared for delivery) AMBASSADOR JOHNSON: It is truly an honor to speak to this distinguished group. I can think of no better place for my first speech as the American ambassador to the United Kingdom than…

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