April 19, 2018
... all the threats to U.S. security and prosperity, I hope my fellow citizens appreciate the U.S. Foreign Service and agree that, in order to maintain American global leadership, we must field a top-notch diplomatic team, as in Franklin's time, or risk forfeiting the game to our adversaries. VERNON D. PENNER.
July 29, 2016
When Vernon D. Penner started in his role as United States Ambassador to Cape Verde, it was 10 years after the country gained its independence from Portugal. An avid sailor, he recalled sailing to Fogo, one of the country's 10 islands, arriving at night only to find all of the lights out on the island. Fogo didÃâÃÂ ...