A former Air Force translator, Peter A. Prahar, is the latest ambassador to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), a country of tiny, scattered islands in the Western Pacific. In 1983, the US and FSM governments entered into a status of Free Association, which provides Micronesia with significant financial assistance in exchange for U.S. defense rights in the region. The FSM islands were part of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, established after World War II by the United Nations but administered by the United States beginning in 1947. The FSM consists of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, and Kosrae. These four out of the original seven Trust Territory districts are together for one reason—the U.S. had no plans for military bases in any of them. President Barack Obama nominated Prahar for the post October 9, 2009, and he was confirmed by the Senate November 20.