PARKERSBURG - A Parkersburg woman who worked at a U.S. Embassy in the Middle East has spoken out in the wake of the recent deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya.
"The deaths of four American diplomats in Libya is a reminder that it's a dangerous world out there and a sad day for American diplomacy," said Amy Haddox Ocasio.
On Sept. 11, protests over a film made in America featuring the Prophet Mohammad became deadly in Benghazi, Libya. During the attacks, J. Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans died.
Parkersburg resident Amy Haddox Ocasio, left, posed with Ambassador Edward Walker at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv in 1997 during an award ceremony. Ocasio served under two ambassadors and one regional security officer while assigned to the embassy in Tel Aviv from 1995-2000.
Ocasio served as VIP coordinator to for the U.S. Department of State Diplomatic Service under two U.S. ambassadors and one regional security officer while assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, from 1995-2000.
During that time she handled logistics for all official U.S. visits to the State of Israel, and helped coordinate diplomats to attend King Hussein of Jordan's funeral and the evacuation of the U.S. Embassy diplomats and family members during the Iraqi crisis in 1997.
"I resigned from my position to work for Al Gore on his presidential campaign," Ocasio said.
During her time in Tel Aviv, Ocasio worked for then-ambassador Martin Sean Indyk, who is now Vice President and Director for Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He also served as Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs during the Clinton Administration.
Ocasio also worked under Edward S. Walker, a former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, who is also a Middle East specialist.
The regional security officer during Ocasio's time at the Embassy was Gregory B. Starr, who is now the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security at the United Nations.
"We still keep in touch," she added.
On Sept. 12, the United States and Libya agreed to cooperate closely in the investigation of the recent attacks. In the agreement between President Barack Obama and Mohammed Magarief, president of Libya's national assembly, the two "agreed to work closely over the course of this investigation," according to a statement from the White House.