April 8, 2013
Smedinghoff, was killed Saturday making her the first American to die on the job since last year’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.
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She joined the U.S. Foreign Service right out of college and volunteered for State Dept. missions. “It was a great adventure for her … She loved it,” said her father, Tom Smedinghoff, “She was tailor-made for this job.”
Smedinghoff was an up-and-coming employee of the State Department who garnered praise from the highest ranks. She was to finish her Afghanistan assignment as a press officer in July. Already fluent in Spanish, she was gearing up to learn Arabic, first for a year in the U.S. and then in Cairo, before a two-year assignment in Algeria. WP.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family at this difficult time.
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