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FSM Ambassador Prahar
Visits Joint Task Force Homeland Defense

By JTF-HD Public Affairs


Ambassador Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, in the JTF-HD Joint Operations Center. He is flanked by his wife, Amy Kit-Ling Choi Prahar (L) and by Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, Deputy Commanding General Army National Guard (R). (Official JTF-HD Photo by Darrell D. Ames) Ambassador Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, in the JTF-HD Joint Operations Center. He is flanked by his wife, Amy Kit-Ling Choi Prahar (L) and by Maj. Gen. Joseph Chaves, Deputy Commanding General Army National Guard (R). (Official JTF-HD Photo by Darrell D. Ames)

Ambassador Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a country of tiny scattered islands in the Western Pacific, visited the Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) Joint Operations Center in Hawaii recently. Ambassador Prahar, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, was sworn in as U.S. Ambassador to the FSM on December 14, 2009.

He most recently served as the Transnational Crime Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Mr. Prahar graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science. A native of Oregon, he and his wife, Amy Kit-Ling Choi Prahar, married in 1977 when both were students at International Christian University in Tokyo.

Ambassador Prahar's early postings include tours in China, Japan, Albania, Ireland, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, and Rwanda. "Like a lot of people my age, I got interested in politics through the Vietnam War," Prahar said. "I've always been interested in questions of peace and war -- and when the opportunity came to prevent a war from spreading, I jumped at it," he said.

Ambassador Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, attends a briefing recently at Joint Task Force Homeland Defense's (JTF-HD) Joint Operations Center. (Official JTF-HD Photo by Darrell D. Ames) Ambassador Peter A. Prahar, U.S. Ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia, attends a briefing recently at Joint Task Force Homeland Defense's (JTF-HD) Joint Operations Center. (Official JTF-HD Photo by Darrell D. Ames)

The FSM enjoy a special and unique relationship with the United States. The U.S. is the only country in the world that allows FSM citizens to live, work, study, and even serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. "We do enjoy a special relationship with the FSM," said Prahar. "The U.S. Embassy in Pohnpei is more than a bridge between our two governments; it is also a bridge between our people and societies," he added.

Headquartered at Fort Shafer, Hawaii, JTF-HD’s mission is to execute domestic Land Domain operations, in close coordination, with civil authorities, to defeat terrorist threats to the U.S. Homeland (defined as the U.S. States and Territories, Possessions, Commonwealths; and Compact Nations in the Pacific), and when requested/validated, to conduct civil support [Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) or Foreign Humanitarian Assistance (FHA)] operations for all hazards including responding to, and recovering from, natural or man-made disasters across the Pacific.

The FSM islands were part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, established after World War II by the United Nations, but administered by the United States beginning in 1947. The FSM consists of four states: Yap, Chuuck, Pohnpei, and Kosrae.