D. Thomas Longo, Jr.U.S. State Department
American diplomats are the face of our foreign policy. They not only represent our interests as a country, but also the needs of American tourists and business people when they are abroad. Without the service of diplomats like D. Thomas Longo, Jr., a former diplomat for the U.S. State Department, America's foreign relations and standing in the world would suffer.
After serving four years in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Longo entered the U.S. State Department's Foreign Service program, working as the Consular Section Chief in the U.S. Consulate offices in Hungary and West Germany. While serving in Hungary, Mr. Longo devised an effective methodology for resolving ï¿½divided familyï¿½ cases of emigration from then-Communist Hungary. As Chief of Italian Affairs for the State Departmentï¿½s Bureau of European Affairs, Mr. Longo was also instrumental in avoiding a potential disaster in U.S.-Italian relations which arose from a terrorist hijacking of an Italian cruise ship, the Achille Lauro, in 1985.
After a distinguished career of 29 years, Mr. Longo retired to the Eastern Shore of Maryland where among other things he serves as chairman of an alumni association of his former Navy ship, the USS Capricornus (AKA-57), and other volunteer activities and contributes columns on foreign affairs and other issues to local newspapers.