Ambassador Philip T. Reeker
Civilian Deputy to the Commander/POLAD, U.S. State Department

Ambassador Philip T. Reeker assumed his duties as the USEUCOM Civilian Deputy
and POLAD November 2017. Prior to that he served as the United States Consul
General in Milan, covering northern Italy beginning in September 2014.
From July 2011 through 2013, Philip Reeker served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of
State for European and Eurasian Affairs focused on the Balkans, Central Europe, and
Holocaust Issues.

He was U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia from 2008 to 2011, and
Deputy State Department Spokesman/ Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs,
under Secretaries of State Albright and Powell (2000-2004). Previous assignments also
include: Minister Counselor for Public Affairs under Ambassador Ryan Crocker at the
U.S. Embassy in Iraq (2007-2008); Deputy Chief of Mission in Budapest (2004-2007);
and Director of Press Relations at the State Department (1999-2000). He was
Spokesman for the Special Envoy for Kosovo, Ambassador Christopher Hill. Reeker
joined the Foreign Service in 1992, and served earlier tours in Budapest, Hungary and
Skopje, Macedonia.


Philip Reeker is the 2013 Recipient of the Robert C. Frasure Memorial Award for “his
commitment to peace and the alleviation of human suffering caused by war or civil
injustice” in the Balkans; the National Albanian American Council presented Reeker with
its “Hands of Hope Award” the same year. He received the Edward R. Murrow Award
for Excellence in Public Diplomacy in 2003, and several State Department Superior
Honor Awards.


Ambassador Reeker is a graduate of Yale University (1986), and received an MBA from
the Thunderbird School of International Management in Arizona (1991). Born in
Pennsylvania, Reeker grew up in several U.S. cities and spent his high school years in
Brisbane, Australia. His foreign languages are: Hungarian, Macedonian, Italian, and
German. He is married to Solveig Johnson Reeker, also a member of the U.S. Foreign
Service, who currently serves at the U.S. Embassy in Rome.

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