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Bruce Rogers Class of 1975
August 14, 2007
Since my last update I attended the U.S. Naval War College, in Newport, Rhode Island, where I graduated with Highest Distinction in June.
I am now based in Kabul, Afghanistan as the State Department Director for 22 Provincial Reconstruction Teams spread across the country working to help the Afghan Central Government extend governance throughout the provinces.
My family stayed in Rhode Island and will join me in July, 2008, when we will go to Riga, Latvia where I will serve as the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy.
Here is a shot of me and the Governor of Bamiyan Province (where Al Qaeda destroyed the famous Buddahs). I may try to swing through Delhi for a few days during the next 12 months. One of my staff, Van Ram, working out in Herat Province attended AES from 1974-75.
November 19, 2005
After I left AIS (where I attended 6th - 10th grades) in 1973 I returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. From there, life took me to Ohio, the Northern Marianas, California, Virginia and then into the Foreign Service.
Since joining the State Department in 1985, I have served in Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait (where my wife, Gale, - then a Foreign Service Officer - was taken hostage by the Iraqi Army for 5 months during the first Gulf War), London, Latvia, and, now, Belgium, where I am Deputy Political Advisor at the US Mission to NATO. I have also served in Washington, in the Economics Bureau, the Middle East Bureau, as an instructor at our training institute, and the office of Counter-Terrorism.
I got married in 1988 and we have two children, Ann, age 12, and Chris, age 11. We leave Brussels in June of 2006 to go to Portsmith, Rhode Island, where I will attend a Master's course in Strategic Studies. This December I'm taking the family to India for their first visit and my first return since June of 1973. We've had a ball so far and hope, someday, to be somewhere near an AIS reunion.
Photo: Bruce at the grave of General George Patton, in Hamm, Luxembourg, August 2005.