New candidate for US Ambassador here nominated

Perry L. Holloway
Perry L. Holloway

US President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate Perry L. Holloway – who was previously stationed at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan where he served as a political-military counsellor – as US ambassador to Guyana.

The appointment of Holloway, a career member of the US Foreign Service, as US Ambassador to Guyana will have to be approved by the US Senate. Holloway was among a list of persons nominated by Obama to serve in key Administration posts.

“I am proud that such experienced and committed individuals have agreed to serve the American people in these important roles.

I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead,” a White House statement quoted Obama as saying.

According to information provided by the White House, Holloway served most recently as the Political-Military Counsellor at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014.

From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, and from 2009 to 2010 he served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay. Previously, he served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota from 2007 to 2009, and as Deputy Director from 2005 to 2007.

From 2004 to 2005, Holloway was the Andean Counterdrug Initiative Coordinator at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs at the Department of State.

He also served as the Director of the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. Embassy in Guatemala City, Guatemala from 2000 to 2003, as a General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador from 1997 to 2000, and as an Administrative Officer at the U.S. Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico from 1994 to 1997.

From 1992 to 1994, Holloway was a General Services Officer at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, and from 1990 to 1991 he served as Staff Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota. The statement said that Holloway began his career as a Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota from 1989 to 1990.

 

Holloway received a B.A. from Wofford College, an M.A. from the University of South Carolina, and an M.A. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, the statement said.

According to information on the website of the US Embassy in Colombia, Holloway is the recipient of six State Department Superior Honor Awards, two Meritorious Honor Awards, and one Group Superior Honor Award.

He speaks fluent Spanish and he and his wife Rosaura, have two children, it said.

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