Coming Home: A Day of Milestones

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry displays his first diplomatic passport, while delivering welcome remarks to U.S. Department of State employees in Washington, D.C., February 4, 2013.  Secretary Kerry was issued the passport while his father served as a U.S. diplomat in Germany; Kerry’s first stamp in it was 1954 in Le Havre. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: John Kerry serves as the 68th Secretary of State of the United States.

A day of milestones — here at what I’m learning now to call “the Mothership,” they tell me this is the 5,000th blog entry on this page, and it’s the first of what I hope will be many opportunities to share thoughts and occasional observations on the challenges ahead.

It’s also another day of “firsts” — the first opportunity to walk through the front doors of the Harry S Truman Building as Secretary of State

In more ways than one, it’s a homecoming — and proof that the American author who said, “You can’t go home again,” wasn’t right about everything.

Last week, as I left the Senate, I said that institution was “in my soul,” and it always will be, but I’m very proud that in many ways the Foreign Service is “in my genes” — a personal connection passed on by my father, Richard.

His travels gave me and my siblings an up close-and-personal… more »

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