Swearing In Day!

Yesterday was the official end of A100!  That means that I have been through six weeks of training with only thirteen left to go before we take off for Malabo!

A100 ends with our official swearing in ceremony.  We take our oath of office once on the first day of work (for the money) and a second time on our last day of orientation (for the show).  It’s the same oath the vice president takes.

“I ________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”



Ready to roll to Malabo!


Faces of America


The women of Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy

Our A100 class went out to celebrate at a waterfront bar after the ceremony.  We started our celebration on a patio, but were forced inside by rain and strong winds.  One of our colleagues assured me that rain on an important day was a sign of good things to come.  Surely that means we’ll all have hugely successful careers promoting peace, prosperity, and democracy!

It was great to meet people’s families and relax a little bit before we go our separate ways on Monday.  In three months, about half of our class will be spread out across the globe in our new jobs.  The other half is sticking around for language training and may be in DC as late as April of next year.


2 thoughts on “Swearing In Day!

  1. The same oath I took 36 years ago as a young CETA employee in an Affirmative Action office, and then 3 years later as an employee on a LEAA grant. I’m sure it’s the same one my Dad took as a State Department employee in the 50’s as well! Some great things should never change!

    I look forward to continuing to read your blog as you head to Malabo. I confess I was hoping you’d go somewhere with chilly nights so if there were orphans in need of quilts I would have a contact in country to help me facilitate a delivery! (Have Quilts — Will Travel!) It sounds like Malabo has beautiful warm nights, though, so the residents may have many needs but quilts won’t be among them!

    If any of your classmates are headed to chilly night-time climates (even places that are thought of as warm get cold at night if they’re in the mountains) with large orphan populations please tell them about our program. We’re a small charity, but we’re willing to try to help in any way we can, and having contacts within a country is always helpful to us.

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