"I was deeply saddened to learn that Anne Smedinghoff, a 25-year old Foreign Service Officer in Afghanistan, was killed at her duty station on Saturday. Her loss is felt profoundly by her colleagues around the world and here at home.
"Anne spent time in Baltimore, where she studied at Johns Hopkins University. During her time at Hopkins, she was active in the community and recognized for her leadership ability. After graduating she immediately signed up to be a Foreign Service Officer. She knew that there would be risks but no one had to ask her to go to Afghanistan, she volunteered.
"The despicable attack that took her life also killed three U.S. soldiers and a civilian Defense Department employee. They were working side-by-side in the service of the United States, promoting our values and promoting democracy. The brave men and women of the Foreign Service often stand beside their military counterparts at their duty stations in conflict zones around the world, making enormous sacrifices.
"Today as we mourn Anne Smedinghoff, we are a grateful nation. I feel a sense of great grief for what has happened. I want her family to know that they remain in all of our prayers. To all State Department employees, I want to say thank you for your sacrifices and thank you for your bravery."