Retired ambassador Hill to speak

Hugh Kenneth Hill

Hugh Kenneth Hill

Retired U.S. Ambassador Hugh Kenneth Hill will be the guest speaker at the 11 a.m. Sunday worship service and again on May 3 as part of a community series of forums at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stephens City.

Hill, a Winchester resident, served 30 years in the U.S. Foreign Service. Before his retirement he was ambassador to Bulgaria from 1990-1993, during the critical period of reform after the fall of Communism.

Following his tour in Bulgaria, Hill served as ambassadorial adviser to the U.S. Defense Department’s George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, where he coordinated efforts with high-level officials in 20 countries of the former Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact, and served as the center’s main contact with the German government and American embassies in Eastern Europe.

Other assignments during his career included deputy chief of mission in the U.S. embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria; the U.S. embassy in Lusaka, Zambia, where he served as charge d’affaires; political officer for the U.S. embassy in Yugoslavia; and a consular officer in Frankfort, West Berlin, and in Jerusalem. Within the State Department itself in domestic duty, Hill served as chief of senior officer assignments; deputy director of the office of Security Assistance and Foreign Military Sales with policy oversight for programs with combined budgets of $20 billion annually; the Office of Management Operations; the Bureau of Human Rights; and the Office of German Affairs.

Hill holds a master’s degree in European history from the University of California/Berkeley, and is fluent in Bulgarian, German and Serbian.

The church is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Information: 540-869-4019.

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