If you haven't done so already, go check out Nomads By Nature's post on the attack on our Embassy in Ankara. Her family serves there, and she talks about her feelings on that awful day.
She also talks about Mustafa, the guard who gave his life to protect us. Who had a family - a wife, a son, a daughter, and a Foreign Service community - who loved him.
"When I saw his photo, I recognized his face as one who would greet several of us, despite our poor first attempts of practicing our acquiring Turkish, with a wave and a smile. He was set to retire and had set wonderful plans with and for his family: a wife, an 18 year old son, and a 15 year old daughter. I think that is part of what hurts the most. Even on the brink of realizing their dreams, he put duty ahead and confronted the bomber in that initial checkpoint, hollering out a warning to the others as he did so."
On the brink of realizing his and his family's dreams, he gave his life to protect us. This is why our local staff and guards are so important to us in the Foreign Service. They are part of our family.