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Friends of Bahrain Iftar and Gergaoon

May 27, 2019

During the holy month of Ramadan, the American Bahraini Friendship Society
(ABFS) held an Iftar dinner at H.E. the Ambassador’s residency. Throughout the night, we celebrated the election of our new Board Members and the Bahraini tradition of Gergaoon.


HM King hails long-standing Bahrain-US ties

May 26, 2019

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa hailed long-standing solid ties binding the Kingdom of Bahrain and the United States of America. HM the King was speaking as he received, at Al-Sakhir Palace, in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier, US Ambassador Justin Hicks Siberell, who introduced to HM the King, members of the American expatriate community in Bahrain…

Current Members

H.E. Ambassador of Bahrain to Washington, D.C.

His Excellency Shaikh Abdullah bin Rashed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa serves as the current Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the United States. In 1988, he entered the Royal Bahraini Air Force and was trained as a fighter pilot, and received the Best Fighter Pilot Award from the Royal Air Force College Cranwell in 1990. From 2013 to 2015, he was defense, military, naval, and air attaché in Washington, D.C. and Ottawa. In 2013, he was head of the Bahraini delegation at the final United Nations Conference on the Arms Trade Treaty in New York.

Current Members

VADM John W. Miller

John W. “Fozzie” Miller is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/Commander, U.S. Fifth Fleet, based in Manama, Bahrain. Prior to assuming the duties of NAVCENT/C5F, Miller was special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5) in Washington, D.C. He has also served as NAVCENT deputy commander.

Current Members

VADM Mark I. Fox

Mark Irby “MRT” Fox is a retired United States Navy Vice Admiral who last served as the Deputy Commander of United States Central Command. Prior to assuming his duties at CENTCOM, he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Operations, Plans, and Strategy (N3/N5), Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (COMUSNAVCENT) and Commander, U.S. 5th Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT). He also previously served as the Commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center (NSAWC) at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, and as Communications Division Chief, American Embassy Annex, Baghdad, Iraq.

In October 2006, then-Rear Admiral Fox completed a tour as the Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Military Office (WHMO), responsible for overseeing all military support to the President. He also served as WHMO Deputy Director for 18 months before assuming responsibilities as WHMO Director in January 2005.

Current Members

Mubarak Buti

Mubarak Abdulla Buti serves as the Cultural & Educational Counselor, he was appointed by the Ministry of Education in September 2009 to work at the Cultural Office in the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Mubarak was deployed to various departments and positions in the Ministry of Education since September 2005, he worked as Training Specialist in the Directorate of Training and Professional Development responsible for training teachers in the field of the Design & Technology.

Mubarak has also worked as a Project Manager in the Undersecretary for Resources and Services at the Ministry of Education and participated in coordinating projects and leading teams involved with education reform initiatives such as the establishment of the Bahraini Teachers Training College and other curriculum development projects. Mubarak’s experience at the Embassy for four years exposed him to an enriching experience and provided him with the challenge of working with a diversified group of people from various departments. His main interest of his current job is to work on activating the educational and cultural experiences between the Ministry of Education and the Educations institutions in US.

Current Members

Nancy Robinson

As Board Member since 2000 and Treasurer since 2005, Nancy Robinson has spent most of her adult life concerned with the Middle East and International issues. She was an editor for Middle East Executive Reports and opened the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) Office. As a correspondent for KUNA in London, she reported on current events, including the Falklands War and the War in Lebanon, plus a well-received series of feature stories about the West Bank, Palestinian refugees, and the work of the American Near East Refugee Association (ANERA).

In Japan she taught English to students at NTT (the National Telegraph & Telephone Company), and in Bahrain, language classes at BANAGAS and the National Museum. She also served as a member of the Bahrain School Local Advisory Board. In Paris, she performed a wide range of diplomatic duties including providing real-time French-translation during official and social events. In Omaha, she coordinated the French language program for the Montessori school system and was a primary instructor.

Current Members

VADM Anthony Less

Tony Less is a retired vice admiral in the United States. He commanded the Commander Naval Air Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet from 1991 to 1994. He is an alumnus of Heidelberg University in Tifflin, Ohio. His awards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal (with gold star in lieu of second awards), Defense Superior Service Medal (with Oak Leaf cluster in lieu of second award), Legion of Merit (with gold star in lieu of second award), Air Medal with 10 strike/flight awards, Navy Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation and Navy “E” Ribbon. In retirement, he served a stint as President of the Association of Naval Aviation.

Current Members

Ronald E. Neumann

Ronald E. Neumann is an American diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005–2007), Bahrain (2001–2004) and Algeria (1994–1997). He is the son of former ambassador Robert G. Neumann and traveled extensively after college in Afghanistan while his father was ambassador there. Both he and his father served in diplomatic posts in Afghanistan precedented only by one other father/son pair, John Adams and his son John Quincy Adams who both served as Ministers to Britain. Neumann currently serves as the president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, a Washington, DC-based think tank. In 2009 he authored The Other War: Winning and Losing in Afghanistan, a book exploring political and military issues of Afghanistan.

Current Members

VADM Douglas J. Katz

Douglas J. Katz is a retired vice admiral who last served as the Commander of the Naval Forces Atlantic Fleet. He is a 32-year Navy veteran, who received the Bronze Star Medal for his role in Vietnam.

In 1990, Katz became the Commander of Cruiser-Destroyer Group Two. Here he commanded the America Battle Group during Operation Desert Storm. He was then redeployed aboard the USS America. Seven months later, as Commander of the Desert Storm Battle Group Commander.

Vice Admiral Katz served as a shipboard advisor with the Fleet Command Advisory Unit in Viet Nam. After a number of assignments, he was promoted to Vice Admiral in October 1992. He became the Commander of the Naval Surface Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, September 1994. He retired from active duty on August 1, 1997.