An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov

A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS

A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

You are viewing ARCHIVED CONTENT released online from January 20, 2017 to January 20, 2021.

Content in this archive site is NOT UPDATED, and links may not function.

For current information, go to

Diplomatic Couriers Exhibit in Paris

Diplomatic Security Service leaders presented a plaque to the U.S. ambassador during a reception honoring the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Diplomatic Courier Service, at the George C. Marshall Center, U.S. Embassy Paris, on December 3, 2018.

Participating in the plaque presentation were (left to right) Deputy Assistant Secretary for Countermeasures Todd Brown; U.S. Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco Jamie McCourt; Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Christian Schurman, Director of the Diplomatic Security Service; and Jose (Eddie) Salazar, Director of the Diplomatic Courier Service.

The event highlighted the essential, longstanding role that the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Diplomatic Courier Service plays in supporting U.S. diplomacy. After the 1918 Armistice, the U.S. Department of State assigned a group of handpicked U.S. Army messengers to the U.S. embassy in Paris to support the peace negotiations that led to the Treaty of Versailles. The couriers hand carried diplomatic pouches across war-torn Europe and into Bolshevik Russia, providing crucial support to U.S. diplomacy. A century later, over 100 badged diplomatic couriers travel the globe safeguarding our nation’s most sensitive information and materials.

U.S. Department of State

The Lessons of 1989: Freedom and Our Future