Chatham, New York
3 August 2017 08:27AM
Richard Moody


A Chatham native and current U.S. Ambassador to Turkey was nominated by President Donald Trump to be the new ambassador to Afghanistan, a huge responsibility as the president decides whether more troops are needed in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation.

John Bass was among several candidates nominated by Trump for various State Department positions July 20.

“Ambassador Bass is honored potentially to have another opportunity to represent the U.S. overseas as ambassador and, if confirmed, looks forward to continuing our work to defend the United States’ interests and promote our values, as he have throughout his more than 29 years in the Foreign Service,” said Sarah Grow, a public affairs representative for the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Bass was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Turkey in September 2014 after an impressive career in the State Department, starting with his first post at the U.S. Embassy in Chad, and the White House including senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, the head of the Baghdad Provincial Reconstruction Team and U.S. ambassador to Georgia from 2009 to 2012.

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