Ambassador Edward Gnehm Jr "joined the United States Department of State in 1969. He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and holds the rank of Career Minister.
"Ambassador Gnehm has received two Presidential Meritorious Service Awards -- in 1990 for his public service as Assistant Secretary of Defense, and in 1991 for his service as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State. He is also the recipient of several State Department awards, including Superior Honor Awards for his service in Kuwait and Riyadh, in Washington as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and in Taif, Saudi Arabia as Special Envoy to the Kuwaiti Government and Meritorious Honor Awards for his work in Damascus and Beirut. He has been awarded two Secretary of Defense Medals for Meritorious Civilian Service: one by Secretary of Defense Carlucci for his service in the office of the Secretary of Defense and a second by Secretary of Defense Perry for his support to U.S. forces during and after Desert Storm.
"In 1993 the United States Arab-American Chamber of Commerce recognized Ambassador Gnehm for his substantial and extra-ordinary support for U.S. business abroad. He is also recipient of The George Washington University's Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award (1992) and was selected in 1995 by the New York City Alumni Club as the New York City Alumnus of the Year.
"Ambassador Gnehm is a member of The George Washington University Board of Trustees and served as a member of the Board's Executive Committee and Chairman of the Student Affairs Committee. He was previously Vice President of the General Alumni Association. He is a member of the American Philatelic Society and Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland. His interests include history, foreign policy, cycling and stamp collecting.
- "Biography", Accessed January 2007.