History After Hours: None Swifter Than These: 100 Years of Diplomatic Couriers

Wed Sep 18, 6pm–8pm
Presented by: Smithsonian National Postal Museum
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The U.S. Diplomatic Courier Service traces its origins to the U.S. Army “Silver Greyhounds” courier detachment, established at the U.S. Embassy in Paris in December 1918 to support the American Commission to Negotiate Peace at the end of World War I. Today, diplomatic couriers spend thousands of hours annually delivering millions of pounds of classified diplomatic pouch material by air, sea, and land to more than 275 diplomatic missions around the world. 

Learn about this fascinating branch of the State Department with an evening's conversation with John Brandt, a Diplomatic Courier and Chief of the Classified Pouch Branch at the US Department of State. He joined the Diplomatic Courier Service in 1999 and has served assignments in Frankfurt, Seoul and Washington.

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