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Key Embassy Officers

Lesslie Viguerie
The Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) manages the day-to-day operations of the Embassy on behalf of the Ambassador, ensuring coordination among the various U.S. agencies represented in furtherance of cooperative and productive relations between the U.S. and the host nation. The DCM acts as advisor to the Ambassador, has special responsibility for the professional development of Embassy personnel, and serves as Charge d'Affaires when the Ambassador is out of the country.

Gregory Winstead
The Chief of the Political/Economic Section is responsible for the overall management of the section: analyzing Uzbekistan's internal politics and monitoring democratic development and electoral reform. Political Officers analyze political developments and their potential impact on U.S. interests; promote adoption by the host country of foreign policy decisions that support U.S. interests; and advise U.S. business executives on the local political climate. Economic Officers advise U.S. businesses on the local investment climate and economic trends; negotiate trade and investment agreements to open markets and afford equal access; analyze and report on macroeconomic trends and trade policies and their potential impact on U.S. interests; and promote adoption of economic policies by foreign countries which further U.S. interests.

Jon Larsen
The Public Affairs Officer (PAO) is the public affairs adviser for the U.S. Ambassador and all elements of the Country Team. The PAO oversees the functions of the spokesperson for the Embassy and of the administrator of such official U.S. exchange programs as Fulbright Scholars, Humphrey Fellows, and International Visitor participants. The PAO also directs the overseas U.S. Speakers program and supervises international electronic linkages.

Ryan Haley
Whether in a U.S. embassy or a Consulate, the Consul is a diplomat appointed by the U.S. Government to protect its citizens in a foreign country, they are the senior person for all visa issues. Both Consuls and Vice Consuls alike are State Department employees stationed at Diplomatic posts abroad.  Consuls are responsible to protect and represent American citizens in all matters overseas. The Consuls also issue visas to foreign nationals who wish to visit the United States and immigrant visas to those who wish to reside there permanently.

Brian Anselman
Chief Administrative Officer responsible for normal business operations of the Mission, including overall management of personnel; budget and fiscal matters; real property management of office and residential units; expendable/non-expendable property warehousing, purchasing and disposal; maintenance operations; motor pools;  travel and transportation; shipping and customs; Embassy communications, diplomatic mail, and IT programs; and medical services. Also performs diplomatic liaison with other missions and host government on matters pertaining to the foregoing.

Michael Cygrymus
Federal agents of the Diplomatic Security Service are posted at U.S. Embassies as Regional Security Officers. They serve as the law enforcement liaison between the Embassy and the host government. Regional Security Officers are responsible for providing physical, procedural, and personnel security services to U.S. diplomatic facilities and personnel; they also provide local in-country security briefings and threat assessments to business executives.

Paul Schmitt
The primary mission of the Office of the Defense Attaché (DAO) is to serve as the in-country representative of the Secretary of Defense. The Defense Attaché is the advisor to the Ambassador on all matters regarding defense/military issues and acts as the primary liaison with the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan.

Adam White
The Chief of the OMC serves as US Central Command’s (USCENTCOM) chief representative to the Embassy and primary advisor to the Ambassador on all matters related to security cooperation and security assistance. The OMC executes Joint Staff, USCENTCOM, and component engagement programs with the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan to include the Ministry of Defense, the State Border Protection Committee of the National Security Service, the Ministry of Emergency Situations, and the Ministry of Interior. The OMC directly supports Uzbekistan's capability to counter transnational threats and secure its borders against trafficking of people, narcotics, and materials of concern.

Gregory Cromwell
The Chief of the Defense Threat Reduction Office (DTRO) is responsible for serving as the primary advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. Senior Defense Official on all matters related to antiproliferation of Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological threats in addition to Cooperative Threat Reduction partnership programs through the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; works directly with the Government of Uzbekistan to increase biological threat detection, diagnostic, response and reporting capabilities.  Since 2001, the Department of Defense through the Biological Threat Reduction Program has provided over $165 million dollars in assistance in Uzbekistan.


DEA is a single-mission agency, which represents a unified U.S. Federal Government response to the growing problems of drug abuse, drug-related crime, and drug-financed terrorism. The mission of the DEA is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the U.S. and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the U.S., or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the U.S.; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets.  Cooperation with foreign law enforcement agencies is essential to the DEA mission because trafficking syndicates responsible for the drug trade inside the U.S. do not operate solely within its borders.  As such the primary function of these DEA overseas offices is to encourage both bilateral and multilateral cooperation and pursue a regional approach to combating opiates and other regional drug threats. DEA offices work closely with regional and other international counterparts to identify and target major traffickers, to include their organizations, their assets, and their links to terrorism, and obtain the strategic and tactical intelligence necessary to be successful. DEA offices also focus on the flow of precursor chemicals used for heroin and synthetic drug production in the region.


The Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program seeks to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and advanced conventional weapons by helping to build effective national export control systems in countries that possess, produce, or supply strategic items as well as in countries through which such items are most likely to transit. The program is designed to help countries develop and improve their strategic trade and related border control systems.

John Riordan
The USAID Uzbekistan Country Director is responsible for overseeing a development assistance program focused on improving livelihoods of individuals engaged in agriculture; increasing citizen’s role in governance; reducing deaths due to infectious diseases (e.g., TB, HIV); enhancing Government of Uzbekistan (GOU) responsiveness to transnational crime (e.g., trafficking in persons) and security threats; and expanding opportunities for development cooperation. In addition, assistance focuses on strategies to mitigate potential conflicts around issues such as water and energy. Since 1993, the US Government, primarily through USAID, has provided over $330 million in assistance to Uzbekistan. USAID works closely with other USG agencies, local counterparts and donors, as well as its regional headquarters in Almaty, to achieve assistance objectives.