BEMIDJI-A Bemidji native who has traveled much of the world representing the State Department will be on the move again as a United States Ambassador.
According to a press release from the White House, President Barack Obama announced Tuesday his nominations for five administration posts, including 1977 Bemidji High School graduate Dennis Hankins as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Guinea.
Hankins, who was raised in Bemidji, has been a career member of the Foreign Service and before Tuesday's announcement was the Consul General at the U.S. Consulate in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2012.
From 2010-2012 Hankins served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Khatoum, Sudan, and at the U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania from 2007-2010.
Before his time at those American embassies, Hankins served as the deputy director at the Department of State's Office of Peacekeeping in the Bureau of International Organizations from 2005-2007, as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 2004-2005 and as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique from 2001-2004.
In the 1990s, Hankins was a political and economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, Portugal, from 1999-2001 and also held the same position at the U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1996-1998.
After graduating from high school in Bemidji, Hankins attended Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and also studied at the National War College.
Hankins is married and has one son serving in the U.S. Navy.
The four other nominations made by Obama on Tuesday included:
• Brad R Carson as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel Readiness.
• Peter Williams Bodde as Ambassador to Libya.
• Catherine Ebert-Gray as Ambassador to the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and the Republic of Vanuatu.
• Elisabeth I. Millard as Ambassador to the Republic of Tajikistan.
"I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people," Obama said in the release. "I look forward to working with them."