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February 24, 2008

Britton in training

1999 DHS graduate heads to Washington, D.C. to become foreign diplomat

DUNCAN — Matthew Britton is getting a chance to do three things that he loves — helping others, being overseas and serving his country.

But he won’t be serving his country in the traditional sense. Instead, Britton, a 1999 Duncan High School graduate, is heading to Washington, D.C., to become a foreign diplomat.

“In Washington, I’ll be going through training,” he said. “I’ll learn how to be a diplomat and how to fill out government paperwork.”

He is scheduled to begin his training March 7, and on April 18, he will be sworn in and given information on where he will be heading, most likely somewhere overseas.

“Right now, I have no idea where I’ll be,” he said. “I’ll be moving between the States and foreign countries on a regular basis.”

He said he’ll become a public diplomacy officer, which means he’ll be in charge of diplomatic communications and exchanges with other countries, and he’ll be doing public relations for whatever U.S. embassy to which he’s stationed.

Britton, son of Phillip and LaFonda Britton of Duncan, is familiar with the task of going to places unseen by many Americans. After all, he spent three years in the Peace Corps.

The first two years he served in the Corps, he worked as a health-education instructor and helped institute a community garden. He got an extension for a third year, because most service in the organization is two years.

For his third year, he got to take on more projects, which included buying books for grade schools, cleaning up trash and aiding in garden projects.

He spent those three years in Mauritana, an Arabic country, which helped partially satisfy his desire to see the world. And, when he got there, he found just how different other countries can be in comparison to the United States.

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