U.S. State Department Federal Agent
Themie Karavites has served as a special agent in the United States Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service for the past 16 years. In this capacity, he has served as a member of the Secretary of State’s protective detail, providing close-in protective security. Furthermore, he has undertaken five Department of State overseas tours in Greece, Iraq, Afghanistan, Angola, and Montenegro. Themie Karavites has also served as an investigator in the Washington Field Office and as a physical security advisor in the Project Coordination Branch, and has been an instructor in the Diplomatic Security Training Center’s training academy in Dunn Loring.
Themistocles Karavites earned his BA in international relations at the University of South Carolina, where he was the beneficiary of a three-year, full scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps. He subsequently undertook Marine Corps officer leadership training at The Basic School (TBS) in Quantico, Virginia. Upon completion of TBS, he attended the Marine Corps Infantry Officer's Course (IOC), and served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps from 1994 to 1999.
During this period, Themistocles Karavites was assigned to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe, Hawaii as a platoon commander, later serving a second tour as a company executive officer and also a short time as company commander. Later assigned to Richmond, Virginia, he served as the officer selection officer for central and southeast Virginia. He was awarded two Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medals during his active-duty service with the Marine Corps.
The 2015 Honolulu Marathon
A reserve officer with the U.S. Marine Corps, Themistocles “Themie” Karavites currently serves as a special agent with the Diplomatic Security Service of the U.S. Department of State. Outside of work, Themie Karavites enjoys participating in marathons across the globe, including the Boston, Athens, and Honolulu Marathons.
The city of Honolulu, Hawaii, has held an annual marathon for more than four decades. The event draws over 25,000 participants each year, making it one of the most popular marathons in the world.
The 2015 Honolulu Marathon will take place on December 13th, beginning at 5 am on Ala Moana Boulevard. The course will take participants past some of Hawaii’s most well-known landmarks, including Honolulu Harbor, Diamond Head volcanic crater, and Waikiki Beach. During the race, runners can refuel at 16 medical stations and cool down as they pass through misters assembled alongside the course. The marathon will conclude at the famous Kapiolani Park, where participants can partake in celebrations and receive a commemorative marathon shirt. For those who do not wish to run, the marathon features a simultaneous Race Day Walk, which is noncompetitive and spans only 6.2 miles of the 26.2-mile course.
About Bureau of Diplomatic Security Special Agents
A securities professional, Themistocles “Themie” Karavites is a reserve officer in the US Marine Corps. Additionally, Themie Karavites provides close-in protective security for the US Department of State as a Diplomatic Security (DS) special agent.
DS special agents handle security measures for visiting foreign dignitaries and ambassadors as well as the secretary of state. As part of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, the agents are tasked with managing complex security problems related to foreign policy.
DS special agents spend much of their career overseas, working in US embassies and consulates. In fact, more than 1,900 special agents make up the task force. They coordinate efforts with regional security officers and security officials from host nations to develop and implement comprehensive security programs designed to safeguard personnel, infrastructures, and information from adversaries.
Because the Bureau of Diplomatic Security handles much of its work abroad, the division ensures its special agents come from varying backgrounds. This allows the bureau to manage security needs with a high level of cultural awareness. Further, agents must demonstrate exceptional strategic thinking skills and adaptability.
The Diplomatic Security Service: Protecting America's Diplomats
Themistocles (Themie) Karavites is a former US Marine and special agent with the Department of State’s Diplomatic Security Service (DSS). Themie Karavites has worked with the Department of State for almost 16 years, and during that time he has been deployed around the world in his role with the DSS.
The DSS is the arm of the Department of State responsible for the safety of diplomatic personnel both inside and outside of the United States. This means protecting American diplomats in their work abroad, as well as foreign dignitaries visiting the US. Created in 1916 by Secretary of State Robert Lansing during World War I, the DSS marks its centenary this year. Since that time, the service has grown to keep pace with the security needs of America’s embassies and consulates around the world, and has evolved to meet the changing nature of security threats faced by America.
While the job descriptions of the men and women who serve with the DSS are diverse, they share in common the reality that they may have to give their lives to support the mission of the DSS. Over its history, the DSS has lost 137 personnel. These men and women are publicly honored with a memorial at the Washington D.C. headquarters of the DSS.