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Public Papers - 1989

Nomination of H. Allen Holmes To Be Ambassador at Large for Burdensharing

1989-09-11

The President today announced his intention to nominate H. Allen Holmes, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Career Minister, to be Ambassador at Large for Burdensharing at the Department of State. This is a new position.

Since 1985 Ambassador Holmes has served as the Assistant Secretary of State for Politico-Military Affairs. Prior to this, he served as Ambassador to Portugal, 1982 - 1985; as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of the Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1979 - 1982; as deputy chief of mission in Rome, Italy, 1977 - 1979; and as Director of the Office of NATO Affairs at the Department of State, 1975 - 1977. Ambassador Holmes joined the Foreign Service in 1958.

Ambassador Holmes graduated from Princeton University (B.A., 1954), and he attended the Institute of Political Studies at the University of Paris, 1957 - 1958. In 1989 he was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Award. Ambassador Holmes served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1954 - 1957. He was born January 31, 1933, in Bucharest, Romania, to American parents. Ambassador Holmes is married, has two children, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

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