Eagle Express Archives

Older issues of the Eagle Express are listed below. The current issue can always be found here.

 

Vice President Mike Pence in front of a space shuttle
Vice President Mike Pence in front of a space shuttle

Edition of October 6, 2017

On Wednesday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson challenged the international community to go further and faster to defeat some of the world’s deadliest diseases at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting. Check out his remarks below.

Vice President Pence celebrated World Space Week by announcingthat the United States would return to the moon – and beyond.

Meanwhile, the Iraqi Security Forces achieved a major defeat against ISIS by regaining the critical city of Hawijah. As President Trump committed on day one, the United States and its partners are committed to defeating and destroying ISIS, and this week’s victory is another important step.

And we’re excited about this electric bike startup born at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that is expanding to the UK soon.  What do you think – will it catch on here?

Finally, our VIDEO Post of the Week highlights our new Embassy building in Nine Elms, south of the Thames – we can’t wait to settle into our new neighborhood in a few months! Check out the new design in Ambassador Johnson’s video message below.

 

Edition of September 29, 2017

Ambassador Haley: The World Should Suspend Weapons Supplies to Burmese Military
Ambassador Haley: The World Should Suspend Weapons Supplies to Burmese Military

The horrific images of Rohingya refugee women, children and men fleeing the brutal violence of the Burmese military underscore that the time for well-meaning, diplomatic words has passed, as U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley told the Security Council yesterday.  She called on all nations to take action, including by halting arms sales to the Burmese authorities.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis reiterated the United States’ and NATO’s commitment to Afghanistan’s future during his visit to Kabul this week. He said, “we will not abandon Afghanistan to a merciless enemy trying to kill its way to power” – a commitment we share with our UK partners.

Meanwhile, the city of Manchester has found healing and comfortthrough a local production of an all-American play: Thornton Wilder’s 1938 classic Our Town.

And the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, has hired a legend from the British cultural scene to run the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art – another great U.S.-UK connection!

Finally, our Video Post of the Week highlights Ambassador Johnson’s message to the UK this week – he is eager to start traveling and getting to know the UK beyond London! Check out his video below.

 

Amb Johnson meets UK Chancellor Philip Hammond outside Number 10 Downing Street, 01 Sept 2017
Amb Johnson meets UK Chancellor Philip Hammond outside Number 10 Downing Street, 01 Sept 2017

Edition of September 08, 2017

This week as the weather turned cooler and kids headed back to school, Ambassador Johnson hit the ground running, meeting with Chancellor Philip Hammond at No. 11, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon at the Ministry of Defence, and members of the UK press at an off-the-record gathering at the U.S. Embassy in Grosvenor Square.

Did you know that Winfield House, the official U.S. Ambassador’s residence in London located in Regent’s Park, was used as an RAF reception center during World War II? The history of the residence may surprise you – read more here!

In New York, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley called on members of the Security Council to stand up to North Korea’s aggressive use of missiles.

As we prepare to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks against the United States, a new hit musical on Broadway tells the story of the outpouring of empathy and support shown to the American people in the attack’s aftermath.

Millions have been affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama are teaming up to raise funds for the victims. Their powerful video message will help draw global attention to the appeal.

For generations, U.S. southern culture has grappled with reconciling its history of slavery and racial division with its vibrant, multicultural identity that continues to evolve today. The New York Times profiles several Southern magazines that are tackling these issues in very different ways.

 

Edition of September 01, 2017

Ambassador Johnson has arrived at the Embassy and is already hard at work. He’s had a busy first week, including meetings with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Minister of State Sir Alan Duncan MP, Permanent Under Secretary Sir Simon McDonald, and, of course, Palmerston (the Foreign Office’s resident feline) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. They’ve extended a warm welcome – watch it here!

Hurricane Harvey has caused unprecedented flooding and damage in southeastern Texas. Texans and Americans from across the country have come together to assist those affected and abate the storm’s devastating effects. Read Secretary Tillerson’s statement and find out how you can help here.

In an op-ed for The New York Times, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison makes it clear that the United States is committed to revitalizing NATO, and understands its importance in meeting our 21st century security needs. Read the full column here!

 

Edition of 25 August 2017

Robert Wood Johnson IV was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the UK at a ceremony with President Trump at the White House on 21 August 2017 (from WH Instagram video)
Robert Wood Johnson IV was sworn in as the U.S. Ambassador to the UK at a ceremony with President Trump at the White House on 21 August 2017 (from WH Instagram video)

President Trump announced his new policy on U.S. involvement in South Asia, which will rely on diplomatic engagement of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India to promote regional stability by countering terrorism and securing safety for the Afghan people. Read the President’s statement on the announcement here.

The Iraqi Security Forces’ battle against ISIS in Tal Afar could mean the end of ISIS’ presence in northern Iraq.
The debate over whether or not to remove statues of Confederate leaders is causing tension in the United States. They’ve garnered quite a bit of attention in the media, but aren’t necessarily the most visited statues. The New York Times details the five most iconic statues in the states here!

Finally, the Embassy staff is eagerly awaiting the arrival of our new ambassador. Our Post of the Week features Robert Wood Johnson being sworn in by Vice President Pence as the next U.S. Ambassador to the UK in a special ceremony in the Oval Office.

Edition of 11 August 2017

Secretary Rex Tillerson at a podium
Secretary Rex Tillerson

Secretary Tillerson addressed the President’s “America first” message and its implications for U.S. foreign policy, stating that “America first does not mean America alone.”

The UN Security Council voted in favor of toughening sanctions on the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea (Resolution 2371).  Amidst the growing tensions in the wake of these sanctions, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stated on August 9 that the U.S. and its allies possess the capabilities and the commitments to defend themselves from an attack.

As global leaders and U.S. allies strategize on how to slow or deter North Korea’s nuclear proliferation, Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, outlines 10 lessons to be learned from the DPRK’s advancements – check out his analysis here.

Looking beyond the North Korean tensions, the elections in Kenya are a continuing focus on the international stage.

Are you a fan of Huddersfield or Burnley? This New York Times article highlights the phenomenon of social and economic changes that can occur in a city when their team makes it to the Premier League.

Finally, we are excited to welcome Ambassador-designate Johnson to the United Kingdom in the coming weeks, now that his nomination has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

 

Edition of 28 July 2017

View of plane overflying the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier
View of plane overflying the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier

This week, the Pentagon announced that Iraqi security forces remain in control of Mosul after a fierce, months-long battle against ISIS, while U.S.-backed forces are moving on ISIS in Raqqa, Syria.
July 26 marked the 27th anniversary of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act, which protects 56.3 million Americans from discrimination in all areas of life, including work, school and transportation.
21st century diplomacy is as important as ever, according to former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and current President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace William J. Burns.
And speaking of the importance of our Embassies and diplomats, one of our very own Vice Consuls penned this great op-ed for her hometown newspaper, the East Bay Times, describing how American diplomats are vigilantly protecting and offering consular services to American citizens around the world, 365 days a year.
Finally, don’t miss this week’s Post of the Week, featuring the USS George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier, which is visiting the UK for joint military exercises with our UK partner forces. Our team visited the ship yesterday and captured some incredible footage.

 

Edition of 21 July 2017
This week the State Department released its annual Country Reports of Terrorism. The results show that ISIS remained the top terrorist threat in 2016, but overall terrorist attacks last year decreased by nine percent. You can check out the reports here.

Meanwhile, we honored the legacy of the great Nelson Mandela on International Nelson Mandela Day on July 18. The Mandela Rules aim to improve the human rights conditions for prisoners around the world, an initiative the State Department is proud to support.

Also, be sure to take a look at these amazing photos of the Underground Railroad, by which anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman led countless slaves to freedom in the north.

In other news, the London Zoo is welcoming some prehistoric creatures into the fold – robotic dinosaurs!

Edition of 14 July 2017
Last week, President Trump visited Poland and underscored U.S. commitment to defending individual freedoms and sovereignty – check out this video recap of his trip here.
Meanwhile, this week the Iraqi Security Forces announced their victory over ISIS in Mosul – an historic victory for the people of Iraq as well as the Global Coalition united against the terrorist group.

And as the U.S. Congress moves forward on legislation to combat the scourge of human trafficking, don’t miss this article highlighting six incredible heroes doing amazing work to protect the victims.

On a lighter note, this Buzzfeed story about the transatlantic Twitter debate over the use of egg cups is pretty hilarious. Despite the heated views, we’re confident the Special Relationship will endure!

Edition of 07 July 2017

View of the Stormont parliament building in Belfast, Northern Ireland
View of the Stormont parliament building in Belfast, Northern Ireland

This week, the United States urged the formation of a power-sharing government in Northern Ireland – check out our statement below. Last week, Secretary of Defense Mattis met with NATO Allies in Brussels and commended NATO’s progress in deterring Russian aggression and combating terror. And this video provides some useful tips for protecting yourself from cybercrime – a critically important issue in the digital age!

As we celebrated American Independence Day this week, Major League Baseball stars joined some of Britain’s favorite cricketers for a home run derby in Hyde Park to honor America’s pastime. Meanwhile, a newly discovered photo in the National Archives provides fresh evidence that pioneering female pilot Amelia Earhart may have survived a presumed crash landing in the Marshall Islands 80 years ago.

Finally, our Post of the Week is an amazing video from our friends at NASA showcasing the spectacular aurora lights visible from the International Space Station.

Edition of 30 June 2017
Independence Day fireworks at Winfield House, 29 June 2017We are delighted to share that President Trump has nominated Mr. Robert Wood Johnson IV to serve as the next U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s.  Mr. Johnson’s nomination has been delivered to the U.S. Senate, which will hold a confirmation hearing and vote on the nomination in the coming weeks.

This week, Secretary of Defense Mattis was in Germany to honor the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan, which played a pivotal role in rebuilding Europe after World War II. Secretary Mattis underscored the United States’ ironclad support of the NATO Alliance and our commitment to our NATO partners.

Also this week, Secretary of State Tillerson and White House senior adviser Ivanka Trump released the annual Trafficking in Persons report, which assesses trafficking in 187 countries including the United States.
Meanwhile, we were saddened to learn of the passing of Michael Bond, the author of the beloved Paddington Bear series. We’ve shared an article on his remarkable life below.

And don’t miss our post of the week showcasing the amazing fireworks display at our 2017 Independence Day party held last night at Winfield House!

Edition of  23 June 2017
This week, we were horrified by the terrorist attack against a group of Muslim worshippers outside London’s Finsbury Park mosque during the holy month of Ramadan. The United States condemns this act of evil and stands in solidarity with the UK in fighting the scourges of terrorism and hate.

June 20 was World Refugee Day, which sadly marked a record high number of 22 million refugees displaced from their homes around the world. The United States provided more than $7 billion in humanitarian aid last year, and is committed to helping those facing the painful choice of fleeing their homes to seek safety and peace.

 

Edition of 16 June 2017

Calling Young Leaders to Apply for the Jo Cox Memorial Exchange!
Calling Young Leaders to Apply for the Jo Cox Memorial Exchange!

Jo Cox was a champion of tolerance, equality, and human rights.  In her honor, we are delighted to announce the inaugural Jo Cox Memorial Exchange program, for which we are seeking young leaders between the ages of 16 and 24 who are courageously standing up to hate and extremism and promoting hope and inclusion to participate in a two-week exchange program in the United States this summer. You can find all the application details below!
Meanwhile, we were encouraged to see that the battle to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has made significant progress, and the U.S. ground forces commander stated this week that ISIS’ defeat is inevitable.
We were also inspired by Ariana Grande’s brave and touching tribute to the victims of the Manchester bombing during her June 4 One Love charity concert.
Finally, our Acting Ambassador Lew Lukens traveled to RAF Fairford this week to mark the deployment of B-52s in support of Exercise Saber Strike,

 

Secretary Tillerson is welcomed by UK Foreign Secretary Borisohnson in London ahead of joint U.S-UK talks following the terrorist attack in Manchester.
Secretary Tillerson is welcomed by UK Foreign Secretary Borisohnson in London ahead of joint U.S-UK talks following the terrorist attack in Manchester.

Edition of 02 June 2017
The heinous attack on innocent children and adults enjoying a concert in Manchester on May 22 broke our hearts. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew to London last Friday to express the deepest condolences of the American people to our friends in the United Kingdom, and to pledge our unwavering support to Her Majesty’s Government in combating terrorism and extremism.

This week, the United States deployed B-52 bombers to RAF Fairford to support our NATO partners in exercises across Europe.

Meanwhile, we were moved by Pam Constable’s tribute in the Washington Post to her beloved city of Kabul in the aftermath of this week’s horrific bombing. And we enjoyed reading the New York Times’ profile of Darren Hayman’s adventures across Britain capturing songs of the Thankful Villages after World War I.

And don’t miss the video of our Acting Ambassador’s Memorial Day tribute to those who have served in the Armed Forces.

 

 

U.S. hands chairmanship of Arctic Council to Finland
U.S. hands chairmanship of Arctic Council to Finland

Edition of 19 May 2017
Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson gathered with his counterparts in Alaska to pledge further cooperation for sustainable development and protection of the Arctic environment. U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned North Korea’s latest missile launch, which poses an unacceptable threat to the region and the world.  Next week, Acting Assistant Secretary of State John Heffern will host a webchat on the history and future of the transatlantic bond in advance of the May 25 NATO Leaders Meeting in Brussels – we hope you will tune in!

Meanwhile, we read about UNHCR’s partnership with the IKEA Foundation to install clean energy solar panels at Azraq refugee camp in Jordan – an initiative that will improve the lives of refugees and save millions of dollars.  And in the fashion world, a friendly rivalry has developed between two U.S. cities for the title of fashion capital of the U.S. (outside LA and New York) – can you guess which two cities?

And don’t miss the video of our Acting Ambassador’s flight in an F-15 (photos are on Flickr):

 

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis speaks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at London's Somalia conference, 12 May 2017
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mattis speaks with UK Prime Minister Theresa May at London’s Somalia conference, 12 May 2017

Edition of 12 May 2017
This week, world leaders gathered in London to raise international support for Somalia, where newly-elected President Farmajo is working to bring stability and peace to his country.

John Sullivan, the nominee for U.S. Deputy Secretary of State testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that America will continue to promote its values and stand for universal human rights throughout the world.

And a dynamic a cappella group from New York called the Maccabeats recounts the history of the Jewish people through its harmonies.

 

Women praying at a mosque
World Press Freedom Day

Edition of 05 May 2017
This week, we celebrated World Freedom Day and learned about an organization helping women around the world report untold stories.

The United States welcomed efforts by Russia to de-escalate the horrific violence in Syria, but called on President Putin to hold the Assad regime to account.

Finally the F-35A fighter jets deployed for training missions to the UK took a spin through the Mach Loop in Wales.

 

Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Sets Spaceflight Record

Edition of 28 April 2017
This week, we celebrated U.S. astronaut Peggy Whitson’s record-breaking 534th day in spaceflight, one of many records she has broken throughout her career.

Secretary of State Tillerson, Secretary of Defense Mattis and Director of National Intelligence Coats delivered a joint briefing to all 100 U.S. Senators on the threat posed by North Korea.  Meanwhile, a rare original copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence was discovered in the UK, sparking new questions about the origins of the U.S. democratic experiment.

Also, be sure to check out some fun facts and photos of our new Embassy in Nine Elms – an environmentally-friendly building that will help revitalize the neighborhood.

 

An F35 Lighting II takes off from RAF Lakenheath, 08 May 2017. USAFE photo.
An F35 Lighting II takes off from RAF Lakenheath, 08 May 2017. USAFE photo.

Edition of 21 April 2017
This week, Chargé d’Affaires (“Acting Ambassador”) Lew Lukens celebrated the arrival of eight F-35A Lightning II jets to RAF Lakenheath, a strong symbol of NATO’s commitment to deter further Russian aggression in the region.

Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan visited London, meeting with HMG officials and affirming U.S. commitment to the Special Relationship and to NATO.

Meanwhile, we enjoyed watching President Trump’s grandchildren celebrate Chinese culture with a special song in honor of President Xi’s visit last week to the United States.

And major props to Prince Harry for his brave revelations about his own mental health challenges

 

Two men sitting at a table in front of reporters
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Army Gen. Joseph Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, brief reporters at the Pentagon, April 11, 2017. DoD photo

Edition of 14 April 2017
This week, the world remained focused on how to forge a political solution to the Syria conflict after the Assad regime’s latest brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians in Khan Sheikhoun.

U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson traveled to Moscow to confront President Putin about his continued support for a regime committing such atrocities. Secretary of Defense Mattis confirmed the intelligence community’s assessment that there is overwhelming evidence of the Assad regime’s culpability.

And the United States and United Kingdom stood side by side at the UN Security Council in New York to support a resolution calling for a thorough investigation into the attack, which the Russian government vetoed.

Ambassador Nikki Haley at UNSC on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria.
Ambassador Nikki Haley at UNSC on the Chemical Weapons Attacks in Idlib, Syria.

Edition of 07 April 2017
Yesterday we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into the Great War.

Secretary of Defense Mattis was in London last week to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-UK security relationship.

And on Wednesday in New York, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley condemned the Asad regime’s brutal chemical attack on innocent women, men, and children in Idlib, Syria.

 

ISIS – the Digital Calpuhate

Edition of 31 March 2017
In this edition we cover:

  • Taking on the ‘Digital Caliphate’ in our Fight Against ISIS
  • President Trump Signs the NASA Transition Authorization Act
  • Trump Initiative to Bring Business Ideas to Government.
  • Post of the Week: British Soldiers on #NATO #eFP Road March in Poland

 

 

Westminster Palace from the air
President Trump on the Westminster Attack: We Stand with the UK

Edition of 21 March 2017
In this edition we cover:
President Trump on the Westminster Attack: We Stand with the UK.

Secretary of State Tillerson’s remarks at the Global Coalition Against ISIS Ministerial held in Washington, DC.

U.S. Ambassador Bill Burns on U.S. Policy and Strategy in Europe

 

Secretary Tillerson's Visit to Asia
Secretary Tillerson’s Visit to Asia

Edition of 17 March 2017
Secretary of State Tillerson’s Visit to Asia.

March Madness Explained.

Quote of the Week: The 6th Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War.

Post of the Week: Acting Ambassador Lukens Exploring the #AmericanDream.