United States Ambassador to Namibia

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Ambassador of the United States to Namibia
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Incumbent
Wanda L. Nesbitt

since September 24, 2010
Nominator Barack Obama
Inaugural holder Genta H. Holmes
as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
Formation August 6, 1990
Website U.S. Embassy - Windhoek

The United States Ambassador to Namibia is the representative of the government of the United States in Namibia.

The position was created the day Namibia became independent, which was also the day that Namibia-United States relations were established. On that same day, the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek was opened in recognition of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

The U.S. Liaison Office in Windhoek opened February 24, 1984, with William H. Twaddell as Director and closed February 15, 1985. During this time the following officers served as Director: Dennis Whyte Keogh (March–April 1984), Howard Jeter (April–May 1984), and William L. Jacobsen, Jr. (May 1984–February 1985). It reopened on June 1, 1989, with Roger A. McGuire as Director. McGuire became chargé d'affaires ad interim when the Liaison Office was elevated to embassy status on March 21, 1990. The first ambassador, Genta H. Holmes was appointed on August 6, 1990. The United States has maintained diplomatic relations with Namibia since that time.

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U.S. diplomatic terms


Career FSO
After 1915, The United States Department of State began classifying ambassadors as career Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) for those who have served in the Foreign Service for a specified amount of time.

Political appointee
A person who is not a career foreign service officer, but is appointed by the president (often as a reward to political friends).

Appointed
The date that the ambassador took the oath of office; also known as “commissioning”. It follows confirmation of a presidential appointment by the Senate, or a Congressional-recess appointment by the president. In the case of a recess appointment, the ambassador requires subsequent confirmation by the Senate.

Presented credentials
The date that the ambassador presented his letter of credence to the head of state or appropriate authority of the receiving nation. At this time the ambassador officially becomes the representative of his country. This would normally occur a short time after the ambassador’s arrival on station. The host nation may reject the ambassador by not receiving the ambassador’s letter, but this occurs only rarely.

Terminated mission
Usually the date that the ambassador left the country. In some cases a letter of recall is presented, ending the ambassador’s commission, either as a means of diplomatic protest or because the diplomat is being reassigned elsewhere and replaced by another envoy.

Chargé d'affaires
The person in charge of the business of the embassy when there is no ambassador commissioned to the host country. See chargé d'affaires.

Ad interim
Latin phrase meaning "for the time being", "in the meantime". See ad interim.
  • Genta H. Holmes – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 6, 1990
    • Presented credentials: August 30, 1990
    • Terminated mission: Left post September 6, 1992
  • Marshall Fletcher McCallie – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: May 25, 1993
    • Presented credentials: July 7, 1993
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 12, 1996
  • George F. Ward – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: June 11, 1996
    • Presented credentials: August 21, 1996
    • Terminated mission: Left post March 14, 1999
  • Jeffrey A. Bader – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: August 9, 1999
    • Presented credentials: October 13, 1999
    • Terminated mission: Left post April 6, 2001
  • Kevin Joseph McGuire – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: October 1, 2001
    • Presented credentials: November 21, 2001
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 16, 2004
  • Joyce A. Barr – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: July 2, 2004
    • Presented credentials: October 27, 2004
    • Terminated mission: Left post July 31, 2007
  • Gail D. Mathieu – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: November 15, 2007
    • Presented credentials: November 21, 2007
    • Terminated mission: 2010
  • Wanda L. Nesbitt – Career FSO
    • Title: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
    • Appointed: September 24, 2010
    • Presented credentials: November 24, 2010
    • Terminated mission: Incumbent

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