John Dinkelman assumed his duties as Chargé d’Affaires in November 2011 after having arrived in The Bahamas as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2011. Mr. Dinkelman’s overseas assignments with the United States Foreign Service have been: to Yugoslavia, The United Kingdom, The Marshall Islands, The Netherlands, Turkey, and Mexico. Domestically, Mr. Dinkelman was assigned to the Orientation Division at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Virginia where he was responsible for the initial training of all incoming Foreign Service Officers. During his tenure, between 2002 and 2007, he trained over 2,500 officers – over 40% of the American diplomatic corps – for which he was awarded the State Department’s 2006 Arnold L. Raphel Memorial Award.
An ‘army brat,’ Mr. Dinkelman was raised in many different places – none of which he can claim as his hometown. His heart is tugged, however, toward Provo, Utah, where he graduated with degrees in Business and Spanish from Brigham Young University. Although the State Department’s Language Testing Unit maintains that Mr. Dinkelman speaks Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Dutch, and Turkish, he knows better than to claim proficiency in anything but English.
Mr. Dinkelman and his wife Elizabeth are the very tired parents of three children – ages 17, 14 and 9.