We received our Foreign Service commissions last week, complete with signatures of President Obama and Secretary Kerry. The certificate is hand-sealed with the Great Seal of the U.S. and notes that the President, with the consent of the Senate, has nominated and appointed me as an officer in the diplomatic service of the U.S. It is definitely the fanciest document that has ever had my name on it!

What does it mean? It means I can be assigned to consulates and embassies overseas as a foreign service officer, as my predecessors have been doing since 1864!