THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES DAVID GORDON CARPENTER AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR DIPLOMATIC SECURITY AND DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF FOREIGN MISSIONS, WITH THE RANK OF AMBASSADOR AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The President today announced the appointment of David Gordon Carpenter to be Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security and Director of the Office of Foreign Missions, with the Rank of Ambassador. Mr. Carpenter will serve as a recess appointee. He was nominated on July 8, 1998, and his nomination is currently pending before the Senate.
Mr. David Carpenter, of Reston, Virginia, recently retired from the United States Secret Service, where he served for more than twenty six years. His last assignment was Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office. Previously, he was Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division and designed and managed the security operations of the 1989 Presidential Inauguration. Prior to this, he was Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the Dignitary Protective Division, where he managed security details for kings, queens, and heads of state. He was also on the protective details for Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Bush. Following the Secret Service, he was Director of Asset Security for Iridium LLC, a Washington D.C. based telecommunications company.
Mr. Carpenter earned a B.A. in Personnel Management from Oklahoma State University in 1971 and received additional management training through the Brookings Institute and George Washington University Senior Executive Management Program.
The Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security advises the Secretary of State on formulation of security policy and implements protective programs to provide a safe environment for the conduct of U.S. diplomacy and the promotion of U.S. interests worldwide. The Director of the Office of Foreign Missions provides for the formulation and implementation of policy designed to provide for reciprocity of treatment between U.S. missions abroad and foreign missions in the United States.