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  Cason, James "Jim"
NameJames "Jim" Cason
Coral Gables, Florida , United States
Born 00, 1945 (72 years)
Last ModifedIndyGeorgia
Aug 18, 2011 08:25pm
InfoJames Cason, a career Foreign Service Officer with extensive experience in Latin America, has been Chief of Mission at the United States Interests Section (USINT) Havana, Cuba, since September 10, 2002. Prior to assuming his duties in Havana, he worked in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs as Director of Policy, Planning and Coordination.

He previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, and Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Before, he was Political Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) and to NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic (SACLANT). Mr. Cason also served at U.S. Missions in San Salvador, El Salvador; La Paz, Bolivia; Panama City, Panama; Montevideo, Uruguay; Milan, Italy; Maracaibo, Venezuela; Lisbon, Portugal; and as the Guatemala Desk Officer at the Department of State.

During his long career with the Department of State, Mr. Cason has won a variety of awards, including six Meritorious Honor Awards and a Superior Honor Award. He has also received the Joint Chiefs of Staff "Best Essay" Award and the Defense Intelligence Agency's Writing Award. Earlier in his career he graduated with distinction from the National War College. He received the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff's Joint Meritorious Service Medal. He is a Minister Counselor in the Foreign Service.

Mr. Cason has a B.A. in International Relations with a major in Latin American Studies from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Mr. Cason was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay.

Mr. Cason comes from New Jersey. He and his wife Carmen have two sons - William, a Naval helicopter aviator, and James, currently an executive with an Internet software firm in Brazil.


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