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Embassy Events 2014

Day of Service, 11 September 2014

11 September 2014
Volunteers from the U.S. Embassy including Ambassador Barzun and staff from Habitat for Humanity assemble for a group photo at the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground in South London, UK.

Volunteers from the U.S. Embassy including Ambassador Barzun and staff from Habitat for Humanity assemble for a group photo at the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground in South London, UK.

 

On  11 September 2014 Ambassador Matthew Barzun, accompanied by staff from the U.S. Embassy London and in conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, took part in the Day of Service at the the Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground for Children with Disabilities in South London, UK.

Tasks included, shoring up fences, painting, cutting grass, gardening, and weeding.  The hard work of our volunteers is documented on Flickr!

 

Welcoming the athletes of the Invictus Games to Winfield House

09 September 2014
Ambassador Matthew Barzun address the crowd during the Invictus Games reception at Winfield House.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun address the crowd during the Invictus Games reception at Winfield House.

Athletes from the military of countries around the world, including the USA and the UK, gathered at Winfield House for a special reception on Tuesday 9th September ahead of the start of the Invictus Games 2014 in London.

Ambassador Matthew Barzun was joined by HRH Prince Harry, organiser of the Games, and the American band, the Foo Fighters who performed a gig in the gardens at Winfield House in front of a large crowd of invited guests.

Our flickr page has all the photographs from the event and you can watch an interview with the athletes below:


Celebrating July 4th with The Preservation Hall Jazz Band

08 July 2014

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band played in London's Battersea Park and then joined us at the U.S. Ambassador's residence of Winfield House to celebrate the July 4th holiday.

Photos from our New Orleans-themed July 4th party are on Flickr.

#MyUSATravel Official Photo Contest

Join our new photo project, #MyUSATravel.

We want you to share your stories of your travel to the USA.  Our goal is to create a large photo collection of all the fun and exciting things British people do when they visit the USA.

The best photo, selected by our judges, will be invited to a signature event at the residence of our Ambassador, in September 2014.

Our Event Page has all the details.

New York Gay Men's Chorus Perform at U.S. Embassy

19 June 2014


On Tuesday, 10th June 2014, the New York Gay Men's Chorus performed at U.S. Embassy to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

 

Naturalization Ceremony at RAF Mildenhall

30 May 2014
Five new United States citizens proudly display their naturalization certificates. They were sworn in by Joseph Hackbarth, Field Office Director, London (left at rear).

Five new United States citizens proudly display their naturalization certificates. They were sworn in by Joseph Hackbarth, Field Office Director, London (left at rear).


USCIS London Field Office – Five spouses of active duty U.S. service members became United States citizens on Friday, May 30, 2014 at a naturalization ceremony held at RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk, United Kingdom.   

The five new U.S. citizens, who come from four different countries, were sworn in as United States Citizens by Joseph Hackbarth, Field Office Director, London (left at rear).
Also in attendance was Colonel David Cox from RAF Mildenhall (center at rear in photo).

US-UK Twitter Q&A 16 May 2014 – Two Ambassadors

16 May 2014
Joint Ambassador's Q&A - Amb Barzun/Amb Westmacott, 16 May 2014

Joint Ambassador's Q&A - Amb Barzun/Amb Westmacott, 16 May 2014

The first ever joint Twitter Q&A hosted jointly by the U.S. Ambassador to the UK and UK Ambassador to the U.S. will take place on 16 May 2014 at 2.30pm GMT.  It will also be Ambassador Matthew Barzun’s first Twitter Q&A.

Use #AskUKUS to post questions in advance and follow the conversation on our events page.

How to Travel on a Work Exchange Program

24 April 2014

Does casual work in the USA feature in your plans? Hear from some of the people who will be sending their summer working and traveling in the United States through the exchange visitor (J-1) program.

The Program provides countless opportunities for those looking to travel, work, and gain experience in the United States ranging from a few weeks to several years, then visit http://j1visa.state.gov/programs to research the countless opportunities and sponsors available.

FEW Collective: Teaching the Unteachable

14 April 2014

FEW is an artist collective that believes in the power of art to engage, educate, and inspire.  The collective combines traditional forms of music, dance, and art with the elements of Hip Hop and theater to address contemporary issues.

Here dancer, Bravemonk teaches Bobby Adelson from the U.S. Embassy in London some breakdance moves:

 

Winfield House Sessions: Damien Jurado

04 April 2014


Artist Damien Jurado performed an intimate set at U.S. Ambassador Barzun’s residence Winfield House on 04 March 2014.
 
The Winfield House Sessions is a series of informal concerts to celebrate British-American musical synergy.

(Film courtesy Zoon films )

UK Delegation from London visits U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Mediterranean

31 March 2014
UK and Norway delegations pose while an F-18F “Super Hornet” lands onboard USS TRUMAN. (DoD photo)

UK and Norway delegations pose while an F-18F “Super Hornet” lands onboard USS TRUMAN. (DoD photo)

 Mr. Lewis Neal of Her Majesty’s Treasury in the captain’s chair on the navigational bridge – note the phrase “The Buck Stops Here” on the desk.

Mr. Lewis Neal of Her Majesty’s Treasury in the captain’s chair on the navigational bridge – note the phrase “The Buck Stops Here” on the desk.


On Monday, 31 March, the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) London hosted a group of 8 Distinguished Visitors from London on a trip to the USS TRUMAN (CVN 75) which was conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean. 

The group included Labour MP Vernon Coaker, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Air Commodore Gary Waterfall, Royal Air Force Typhoon Force Commander and Air Commodore Simon Rochell, RAF Program Manager – Carrier Enabled Power Projection, in addition to representatives from the Royal Navy, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The group, touring along with a delegation from Norway, met the TRUMAN Strike Group Commander, Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney and TRUMAN Commanding Officer Robert Roth who briefed the delegation on their 9 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the strike group’s recent operations in the Mediterranean. 

The distinguished visitors observed flight operations, toured static jets and helicopters in the hangar deck, and observed operations in the command and control center, flight control tower, and navigational bridge.

The trip served as an opportunity to demonstrate the value of aircraft carriers not only as a military power projection capability, but as an instrument of diplomatic engagement with global reach.  This visit was conducted as the UK is currently in the process of regenerating it’s carrier fleet and the U.S. and UK are working closely to ensure a smooth and efficient transition for the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carriers.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes Sings at Wychwood House

26 February 2014
Deputy Chief of Mission Liz Dibble & Mary Wilson (Embassy photo)

Deputy Chief of Mission Liz Dibble & Mary Wilson (Embassy photo)


On Wednesday, 26 February 26 2014 singing legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes fame sang a set to invited guests at the the Embassy's Wynchwood House residence.

Guests included Baroness Lawrence, Baroness Benjamin and were invited to honor Black History Month.   Mary was presented with a cake to mark her upcoming birthday.

Photos of the event are on Flickr.

Citizenship Day: Ambassador Barzun welcomes our newest American citizens

14 February 2014


On Friday 14th 2014, The U.S. Embassy in London minted 30 of our most adorable new American citizens.

Ambassador Barzun went to congratulate them.

Mars: Latest Results from an Ever-Changing Planet

22 January 2014

Dr. Richard Zurek, NASA's Chief Scientist for the Mars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stopped by Embassy London on January 17 at the end of a week-long conference at Oxford University on Mars atmospheric research.

Dr. Zurek provided an overview of Mars research past, present, and future to an audience of embassy staff, their families, and guests from other missions.

You can watch that entertaining presentation below and learn how cutting edge science is unlocking mysteries about the planet most similar to our own.

World Cup Warm-Up: U.S. Embassy 5 - 2 MPs

14 January 2014

2014 is a World Cup year!

To celebrate, the U.S. Embassy in London played a selection of UK MPs with the Embassy running out winners 5-2. The match was officiated by renowned non-retired referee Dermot Gallagher.

Members of Parliament in attendance included - Alistair Burt, Stephen Hepburn, Ian Murray, Russell Brown, Karl McCartney, David Burrowes, Greg McClymont, Paul Farrelly, Steve Rotheram, Toby Perkins, Graham Jones, Clive Betts and Gavin Barwell.