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Deputy Chief of Mission

Chargé d'Affaires, a.i. Paul O'Friel

Paul O’Friel joined the U.S. Embassy Reykjavik as Deputy Chief of Mission in August 2013 and has served as Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., since November 2013.  Before arriving in Iceland, he served in Afghanistan as the Department of State’s Senior Civilian Representative to Regional Command Southwest (2012-2013).  Previous to that assignment, he was Counselor for Political and Economic Affairs at U.S. Embassy, Budapest (2009-2012).  During his Foreign Service career, Mr. O’Friel also served as Deputy Political Counselor and Pol-Mil Officer at U.S. Embassy, Manila (2003-2007), as well as a variety of other posts in Europe and the Middle East, including Paris, Cairo, and Tunis.

Mr. O’Friel has also seen Department of State service as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Leader in Muthanna, Iraq (2007-2008). In that capacity, he led an interagency team of experts to help provincial government officials improve governance and provide services in one of Iraq's poorest provinces.

Mr. O’Friel has a Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees from Georgetown University, and completed the State Department's intensive Economic and Commercial Studies course.  Prior to joining the State Department he served as an officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, and completed over 20 years of active and reserve service in 2008. His foreign languages are Hungarian and French.  He holds multiple U.S. State Department Superior Honor and Meritorious Honor Awards, and is the recipient of the Republic of the Philippines' Outstanding Achievement Medal.

Mr. O’Friel and his wife, Marigrace, have four children.