Former DCMS

Kent Logsdon

Kent Logsdon was the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, Germany from August 24, 2015 to July 12, 2018. Prior to coming to Berlin, Kent was the Chief of Staff to the Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources in Washington, DC. Prior to this, Kent served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Kent’s previous positions include Director of the Operations Center, Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, and Deputy Chief of Mission in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has also served as Political Counselor in Kyiv, Ukraine; and held a variety of positions in Bangkok, Thailand; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Islamabad, Pakistan. His first tour in the State Department career was at the former U.S. Consulate General in Stuttgart, Germany. Before beginning his professional career, Kent had the opportunity to work as a summer intern in Leverkusen, and was an exchange student in Buxtehude. Kent speaks Russian, Ukrainian, Thai and German. Kent is originally from Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Government from the University of Notre Dame. Kent is married to Foreign Service Officer Michelle Rabayda Logsdon. They have two children.


James Melville (DCM 2012–2015)

James Melville arrived in Berlin and assumed the position of Deputy Chief of Mission in Germany on August 16, 2012.

Mr. Melville’s most recent position with the State Department was as Executive Director of the Bureaus of European and Eurasian Affairs and International Organization Affairs. As Executive Director of EUR and IO, Mr. Melville directed support for all of EUR and IO’s 79 overseas posts, as well as the domestic requirements for both bureaus. Prior to that assignment, he served as Minister-Counselor for Management Affairs at Embassy London from 2008 to 2010 and at Embassy Moscow from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Melville’s first Foreign Service assignment was as Assistant GSO in the U.S. Embassy to the German Democratic Republic from 1986-1988. He has also served in Seychelles, St. Petersburg, at the U.S. Mission to NATO, and in Paris. In Washington, he has worked in Legislative Affairs, as a Senior Watch Officer in the Operations Center, and at the Foreign Service Board of Examiners.

Mr. Melville speaks Russian, German and French. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he graduated from Boston University with an honors degree in history, has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, and is a member of the bars of New Jersey and New York. He is originally from Bradley Beach, New Jersey and is married to Joanna Melville. Their sons were both born in Berlin and currently live in New Jersey.


Greg Delawie (DCM 2009 –2012)

Mr. Delawie’s most recent position with the State Department was Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. In that position he served as the State Department’s lead on counter-piracy issues and managed programs regarding humanitarian demining, negotiation of status of forces agreements, and the State-Defense relationship. Prior to that assignment, he was Director of the Bilateral Trade Affairs office in the Bureau of Economic and Energy Affairs. He also served abroad as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, from 2004 to 2007. He has also served in Rome, Ankara, and Frankfurt. Prior to Zagreb he was Policy Coordination director of the Human Resources Bureau; in Washington he has also worked on trade with developed countries, on aviation security issues, as desk officer for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and as a Watch Officer in the Operations Center.

Mr. Delawie’s foreign languages are Italian, German, Croatian, and Turkish. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, he graduated from Harvard College with a degree in economics. He is originally from San Diego, California, and is married to Vonda Delawie (also a Foreign Service Officer). They have two children.


John M. Koenig (DCM 2006 –2009)

John Koenig assumed duties as Minister and Deputy Chief of Mission in Germany on 14 August 2006. Since joining the Foreign Service in 1984, he has held a number of senior positions in U.S. diplomatic missions in Europe, most recently as Deputy Permanent Representative and Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to NATO in Brussels from 2003 to 2006. In Brussels, John Koenig guided efforts to expand NATO’s Afghanistan operation from Kabul to the north, west, and south of the country, and spearheaded outreach to new partners in the Middle East and the western Pacific. As Acting Permanent Representative for five months in 2005, he was instrumental in launching NATO’s support for the African Union Mission in Sudan.

John Koenig served from 2000-2003 as Principal Officer at the American Consulate General Thessaloniki, where he organized the largest U.S. public affairs event ever held in Greece to that time, “Honored Nation – USA” at the Thessaloniki International Fair. Previous assignments abroad include Political-Military Officer/Deputy Political Counselor, American Embassy Athens, 1997-2000; Political Counselor, American Embassy Nicosia, 1994-1997; Political Officer, American Embassy Jakarta, 1990-1993; Political Officer, American Embassy (East) Berlin, 1985-1987; and Vice Consul, American Embassy Manila, 1984-85. He has also served at the State Department in Washington, as Staff Assistant in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs and as Watch Officer in the Operations Center.

John Koenig holds a Masters of Arts, Foreign Relations, from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, Washington, DC, and a Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. He speaks German, Greek, and Indonesian.

Mr. Koenig has received a number of professional awards, including three Superior Honor Awards, three Meritorious Honor Awards, and the Sinclaire Language Award from the Department of State.

Born in 1958 in Tacoma, Washington, John Koenig grew up in the Puget Sound area. His wife, Natalie, is from Bellingham, Washington. They have two sons, Ted (born 1990) and Alex (born 1992).


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