ROCKVILLE – The United States Department of State recently installed a county native and longtime foreign service member as an ambassador.
Back in April, President Donald J. Trump (R) appointed Silver Spring resident John L. Carwile, 61, to be an ambassador for the U.S. to the Republic of Latvia. His installation occurred on Oct. 28.
Not all appointees who become U.S. ambassadors have experience in the foreign service, though Carwile does.
Trump has appointed 95 career ambassadors and made 79 political appointees to the ambassadorship as of Oct. 17, according to the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA). It will be the first time Carwile has served in the role of ambassador to a nation.
Prior to his appointment to the ambassadorship, Carwile served his country in various missions, such as in Lima, Peru; two missions in Rome, Italy; Quito, Ecuador; Baghdad, Iraq; and most recently Kathmandu, Nepal.
He told the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which approved his appointment in May, that he is prepared for the new role if he were to be approved.
“I have successfully led large teams both in Washington and overseas, including heading the State Department’s economic effort in Baghdad and serving as the Economic Minister-Counselor at Embassy Rome,” Carwile said in his testimony to the committee. “I have twice been Deputy Chief of Mission, first in Brunei and later in Nepal.”
He told a reporter that Nepal was one of his most memorable missions.
He was in Nepal “when the 2015 earthquakes struck as we sheltered over 500 Americans and worked with the U.S. military to provide disaster assistance throughout much of the country,” according to his testimony to the committee.
He expressed gratitude to his wife, his two daughters Katherine and Madeline, and his other family and friends for supporting him in his career.
“I especially want to thank my wife, Karin Hauschild, who has been an outstanding representative of the United States during nine overseas tours,” Carwile said.
His most recent position was in Washington, D.C., in human resources for the State Department. He described the switch from traveling internationally to remaining in the capital as “a total change for me.” However, “It gave me a lot of insight about how the State Department (operates).”
Carwile grew up in Rockville and graduated from Col. Zadok A. Magruder High School in the 1970s, within a few years of its construction. He said he was interested in history in high school, and that fascination expanded and developed when he studied it in college.
During his high school years, Carwile competed as a member of Magruder’s cross country team.
He said that he did not remember a deep-rooted competitive rivalry between Magruder’s and another school’s athletic departments. However, Magruder’s and Richard Montgomery High School’s cross country teams were contenders at the county and state level championships during his senior year.
Richard Montgomery and Magruder placed as the county champion and runner-up, respectively, and then finished in reversed placement at the state championship.
“That was many years ago,” Carwile said of the competitions.
He is a self-described “Maryland boy” and said that he is proud of his county roots.
“I grew up in Montgomery County; I came back to Montgomery County.”
Carwile has worked in foreign service for 31 years.