Command Group

DLIFLC Leadership

The Defense Language Program includes both foreign and English language instruction for the DoD, with policy guidance provided by the Under Secretary of Defense (Personnel and Readiness). The Secretary of the Army is the Executive Agent for DLIFLC.

The Defense Language Steering Committee, established under DoD 5160.41 E and chaired by the Department of Defense Senior Language Authority, recommends and coordinates language policy, identifies present and emerging language needs, identifies language training, education, personnel, and financial requirements, and serves as an advisory board to USD (P and R).

As DLIFLC is a military school, it falls under a military chain of command. The Commanding General of TRADOC has administrative responsibility to manage, operate, fund, and provide personnel resources.

Colonel, Phillip J. Deppert,  U.S. Army



Colonel Phillip J. Deppert was commissioned an Infantry 2nd Lieutenant upon graduation from Ripon College, in Ripon, Wisconsin, and entered active duty in 1990. His initial assignment was with the 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he served as a rifle platoon leader, 81mm mortar platoon leader, Assistant Battalion Operations Officer, and as a rifle company Executive Officer.

Transitioning to the Military Intelligence Corps in 1994, he next served as a Battalion Intelligence Officer (S-2) for the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, in the Republic of Korea. Returning to the United States, he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1995-1998, where he served as the Group Military Intelligence Detachment Commander and Group Senior Intelligence Officer (S2).

After his 3rd Special Forces Group assignment, Col. Deppert transferred to another Special Operations assignment where he directly supported the Geographic Combatant Commanders’ worldwide contingency planning tasks. After completing Command and General Staff College, he served as the Chief, Division Analysis and Control Element, and Military Intelligence Battalion Operations Officer (S3), for the U.S. Army’s 25th Infantry Division from 2003-2005; he deployed with the division to Afghanistan from 2004-2005.

Upon redeployment from Afghanistan, Col. Deppert was assigned to Headquarters, U.S. Special Operations Command. From 2005-2008 he served as the Special Analysis Branch Chief and then selected as the first Director of Intelligence for the U.S. Special Operations Command Interagency Task Force (IATF), where he directly coordinated with multiple U.S. government agencies on a variety of counterterrorism missions around the world. After serving with the USSOCOM IATF, he was then selected as the Executive Officer to the Director for the USSOCOM Center for Special Operations; ensuring the Director’s guidance was disseminated and the staff synchronized across the Intelligence, Operations and Plans directorates.

After his USSOCOM assignment, Col. Deppert served as the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division Senior Intelligence Officer (G2), from 2008-2011; to include service in Iraq during Operations Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn. Upon redeployment, he served on the U.S. Northern Command Directorate of Intelligence staff, as the Deputy Mission Manager for Mexico.

Col. Deppert earned a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University, after which he completed the U.S. Navy War College, earning a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies. Prior to assuming command of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Col. Deppert served as the Chief of Staff and Deputy Commander of Joint Task Force North.

As of July 29, 2015, Col. Deppert assumed command of DLIFLC.

Col. Deppert is married and has three children.

Colonel, Keith M. Logeman,  U.S. Air Force

Assistant Commandant


Colonel Keith M. Logeman is currently the Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Commander, 517th Training Group, Presidio of Monterey, California. In this capacity, Colonel Logeman directs language training for 34,000 Department of Defense personnel annually in 89 languages at 31 sites worldwide. He also oversees 1,800 faculty members and 250 joint-service staff providing language training, proficiency testing, and curriculum to train successful warrior-linguists. As the 517th Training Group Commander, Colonel Logeman leads two squadrons composed of 1,200 Airmen, the majority of whom are Air Force Cryptologic Linguist trainees.

Colonel Logeman entered the Air Force as a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1992. A career intelligence officer, he has served and deployed in joint and Air Force organizations, including commanding the 17th Training Support Squadron at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. Colonel Logeman has operational experience in air, space, cyberspace, special operations, command and control, and training missions. He is a fully qualified Joint Specialty Officer and has served in staff positions at 24th Air Force, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, the Air Force Personnel Center, and Air Force Special Operations Command.

Colonel Logeman has led and served with linguists and cryptologic language analysts throughout his 23-year career. During his six years in the Air Force and Joint Special Operations Commands, Colonel Logeman led all-source Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) analysts and Direct Support Operators in missions that included OPERATION JOINT FORGE, support to operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.   Also of note, Colonel Logeman worked directly with language analysts from the 611th Air Intelligence Squadron while conducting aerospace warning and control missions as a NORAD Intelligence Watch Director. Lastly, Colonel Logeman worked side-by-side with Spanish linguists during his Air War College Regional Studies in Central and South America, using that cultural and language advantage to effectively engage with partner nations’ military and civic leaders.



• 1992 Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin
• 1997 Master of Business Administration, University of Phoenix
• 1998 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
• 2003 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Alabama
• 2005 Master of Arts in National Security & Strategic Studies, Navy Command & Staff College, Newport, Rhode Island
• 2007 Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Alabama
• 2014 Masters in Strategic Studies, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama


  1. March 1993 – November 1993, Intelligence Technical Training, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  2. November 1993 – October 1996, Flight Commander, 57th Operational Support Squadron and Chief of Intelligence, 549th Combat Training Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada
  3. October 1996 – October 1998, Chief of Intelligence Systems Program Section, Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command, Hurlburt AFB, Florida
  4. October 1998 – July 2001, Director of Intelligence, Aviation Tactics Evaluation Group, Joint Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, North Carolina
  5. July 2001 – July 2004, Chief of Field Grade Intelligence Officer Assignments and Executive Officer for the Director of Assignments, Randolph AFB, Texas
  6. July 2004 – June 2005, Student at the College of Naval Command and Staff, Navy War College, Newport, Rhode Island
  7. July 2005 – July 2007, Operations Officer, 595th Operations Support Squadron, 595th Space Group, Space Innovation & Development Center, Schriever AFB, Colorado
  8. August 2007 – July 2010, Duty Director of Intelligence, NORAD Intelligence Watch and Division Chief, Counterterrorism Analysis Division, NORAD and US Northern Command, Peterson AFB, Colorado
  9. July 2010 – July 2011, Chief of ISR Plans, Strategy & Special Programs Division, 24th Air Force (AFCYBER), Lackland AFB, Texas
  10. July 2011 – July 2013 Commander, 17th Training Support Squadron, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  11. July 2013 – July 2014 Student, Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  12. July 2014 – June 2015, Director of Intelligence, LeMay Center, Maxwell AFB, Alabama
  13. June 2015 – Present, Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California


Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Armed Forces Service Medal


Second Lieutenant:     May 22, 1992
First Lieutenant:          May 22, 1994
Captain:                         October 13, 1996
Major:                            April 1, 2003
Lieutenant Colonel:    April 1, 2008
Colonel:                         July 1, 2014

Command Sgt. Maj. Ryan J. Ramsey,  U.S. Army


Command Sergeant Major Ryan J. Ramsey enlisted in the United States Army in October 1992 as an infantryman and attended Basic Training and Advance Individual Training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was with the 25th Infantry Division (Light) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ramsey’s assignments include: Infantry Squad Leader at 1-27th Infantry and deployment to Haiti for Operation Uphold Democracy; Abrams Tank Commander at Alpha Troop 1-16 Cavalry Regiment; Electronic Warfare and Analysis and Control Element Military Intelligence Platoon Sergeant at 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment; 704th Military Intelligence Brigade; Special Operations Team Alpha (SOT-A) and Detachment Sergeant at 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force; First Sgt. at Fox Co. 229th MI BN; Military Combat Advisor and Trainer for 5th Iraqi Army Division in Baqubah, Iraq and establishment of Iraqi Commando Unit; 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade S3 Operations Sgt. Maj.; Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. for 109th Military Intelligence Battalion; and Task Force Disrupters Command Sgt. Maj. for the Combined Joint Task Force-1, Regional Command East, Afghanistan. Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. for the 2nd Signal Brigade “Brigade of Excellence” and G2 Sgt. Maj. for the 5th Theater Signal Command Clay Kaserne, Wiesbaden, Germany.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ramsey’s Task Force received Director of the National Security Agency & Commander of U.S. Cyber Command Trophy for the Best Military Signal Intelligence Unit in 2012.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ramsey is a graduate of the United States Army Sergeants Major Academy Class 60. His military education also included all Non-Commissioned Officer Education System courses and the First Sergeant Course. He was a top graduate at the Mideast Cryptologic Linguist School at Good Fellow Air Force Base and he is trained in Afghan Dari, Arabic, and Persian-Farsi. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (3 OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (4 OLC), Joint Service Commendations Medal, Army Commendation Medal (5 OLC), Army Achievement Medal (5 OLC), Army Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award (1 OLC), Armed Forces Expeditionary Award, and the Combat Action Badge and Airborne Badge.

Mr. Steven CollinsSteveCollins1

Chief of Staff


Steven Collins is the Chief of Staff of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Presidio of Monterey. He is responsible for coordinating and providing full spectrum staff support for over 15,000 military language students and 2,000 staff and faculty posted at the Presidio of Monterey and at 31 locations around the world.

A 1983 distinguished graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point, he began his commissioned US Army service in Europe with the 8th Infantry Division, Mainz, Germany. From 1988-90, he was a rifle company commander in the 7th Infantry Division (Manchu Regiment). From 1990-92, he attended Yale University and earned his Master’s Degree in European History (specializing in modern European Diplomatic History). Subsequently, from 1992-95, he was an Assistant Professor of European History, US Military Academy. Afterwards, he served as the Operations Officer, and then Commander, of the 6th PSYOP (now MISO) Battalion (the US European Command-oriented PSYOP formation). He was then the Chief of PSYOP Doctrine and Training at the US Army Special Warfare Center and School, and later the Chief, Analysis Branch, for US Special Operations Command. He was posted as the Chief of the Psychological Operations and Strategic Influence Branch at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Belgium, from 2001-2004, where he was responsible for all military information support operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, and Afghanistan.

His last assignment in uniform was as the Deputy Chief of Staff of Operations for the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. After retirement from the uniformed military in 2006, he was the Dean for Field Support at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, with responsibility for over 100 academic faculty and staff, posted at 23 locations around the world. He is knowledgeable in the German and French languages. A dedicated participant in triathlons and a cyclist, he is married and has one daughter.