Contact Amanda Farnan Press Secretary (774) 571–3639 email@example.com State Dept. official a Sammies finalist for bringing stranded Americans home during pandemic June 23, 2021 When the pandemic shut down worldwide travel, some 100,000 Americans were stranded in nations across the globe. It fell to our guest to pull together a multi-agency team to get them home. He and the team succeeded, and now he’s a finalist in this year’s Service to America Medals Program for his work. Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee spoke more to Federal Drive with Tom Temin.