Deputy Chief of Mission Ian J. McCary

Term of Appointment: August 2020 to present

Ian J. McCary arrived in Afghanistan on August 12 and assumed the role of Deputy Chief of Mission.

Previously, he served as acting Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Pretoria, from 2018 to 2020. A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Mr. McCary served as Political Counselor, U.S. Embassy Islamabad, from 2015 to 2018 and Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Doha, from 2012 to 2015.

Since joining the U.S. Department of State in 1995, Mr. McCary has also been posted to Tunis, Baghdad, Rabat, Cairo, Jakarta, Riyadh, and Washington, D.C.

Mr. McCary has received the Department of State’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Secretary of Defense’s Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service, and Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. He holds a Bachelors degree from Boston University and a Masters degree from Georgetown. Mr. McCary speaks Arabic, French, and some Indonesian.

He is married with three children and is a native of Ithaca, NY.