Diplomatic Security : “Clyde’s Kids”: A Tribute to a Man Who Helped Advance Diplomatic Security Diversity

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Date: 01/01/2007 Description: Clyde G. Nora - State Dept Image

Clyde Nora advocated to make Diplomatic Security (DS) reflective of America. His commitment to diversity within DS lives on today.


Retired Foreign Service Officer Clyde G. Nora served as a Diplomatic Security recruiter and member of the U.S. Department of State’s Board of Examiners from the late 1990s until his death in 2007. He opened the doors for many employees within the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS).

In his role as a recruiter and examiner, Mr. Nora introduced and mentored many current Foreign Service officers in DS. A tireless recruiter, he aided DS in building the most diverse corps of the engineers, agents, couriers, and technicians in its prestigious history. His legacy and contributions to DS live on. These officers, fondly known as “Clyde’s Kids,” continue to shape the future of DS.

Below are quotes from a of few Clyde’s Kids about his impact on their lives and the organization:

“Clyde was a part of the team that recruited me from Virginia State University. I didn’t want to work for the government, but thought I’d go to a DS information session just for the heck of it. While sitting in the waiting room, I discussed life and my plans for the future with a very nice gentleman who ended up being one of the main recruiters for DS. Once I learned that this was actually going to be a job interview, I became really nervous. He helped me calm down, and I was able to get through with no hesitation. I have never once regretted my decision to become a Security Engineering Officer, and I am thankful for that very nice gentleman sitting in the waiting room.”

“After a full career in the Foreign Service, Clyde continued to serve the Department and Diplomatic Security through formal outreach and recruitment of minorities [as a part of DS/HR recruitment team]. But his informal outreach, recruitment, and grooming of young professionals is what I admired the most. Clyde unselfishly opened his home after work and on weekends to answer questions and give advice on preparing for Foreign Service exams and orals. So many of us, specialists and generalists alike, have been touched by his generosity and mentoring efforts.”

“Clyde embodied what it is to be a public servant. He gave of himself and asked for very little in return. He inspired me to overcome my fears and serve others for the State Department, DS, and America. He was a great American, diplomat, and mentor.”

Inspired by Secretary of State Colin Powell’s commitment to diversity, Clyde advocated to make DS reflective of America. His commitment to diversity within DS lives on today.

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