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, Wiley L. Barnes,  U.S. Air Force

Assistant Commandant


Colonel Wiley Barnes is currently the Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Commander, 517th Training Group, Presidio of Monterey, California. In this capacity, Col. Barnes directs language training for 34,000 Department of Defense personnel annually in 89 languages at 29 sites worldwide. He also oversees 1,800 faculty members and 250 joint-service staff providing language training, proficiency testing, and curriculum to train successful linguists. As the 517th Training Group Commander, Col. Barnes leads two Air Force squadrons composed of 1,200 Airmen, the majority of whom are Air Force Cryptologic Linguist trainees.

Prior to serving at DLIFLC, Col. Barnes was the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Operations Division Chief, Intelligence Directorate, United States European Command (EUCOM J2), responsible for Collection Management, Intelligence Watch, and the Joint Reconnaissance Center. He previously served as EUCOM J2 Plans Branch Chief, where he led deliberate and crisis action planning. Before arriving at EUCOM, he was a National Defense Fellow at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. and commanded the Air Intelligence Squadron (AIS) at Scott AFB, Illinois.

A second-generation Airman, Colonel Barnes was commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps. His assignments include intelligence support to B-1 and C-130 operations; Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) U-2, RQ-4, and MQ-1 operations; 28th Bomb Wing senior intelligence officer; and instructor at Air Force Officer Training School (OTS). He is a School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS) graduate and served in the Concepts, Strategy, and Wargaming Division (Skunk Works), the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Strategic Studies Group (CSAF SSG), and the Air-Sea Battle concept development team on the Headquarters Air Force staff.

Colonel Barnes has deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, with duty as the 480th Intelligence Wing DCGS liaison officer at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) and as the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing senior intelligence officer.


 1996 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.

2002 Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2005 Master of Arts in Organizational Management, George Washington University, D.C.

2005 Air Force Intern Program (Intermediate Developmental Education), Pentagon, D.C.

2007 Air Command and Staff College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2010 Master of Airpower Art and Science, School of Advanced Air & Space Studies (SAASS), Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2012 Air War College (correspondence), Maxwell AFB, Ala.

2015 National Defense Fellowship, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.

2015 Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II), Norfolk, Va.


  1. Feb 1997 – Nov 1997, Student, Intelligence Fundamentals & Applications Courses, Goodfellow AFB, Texas
  2. Nov 1997 – Jun 1999, Threat Intelligence Analyst, Air Armament Center, Eglin AFB, Florida
  3. Jun 1999 – Apr 2002, C-130 Intelligence & Force Protection Instructor, Intelligence Flight Commander, Combat Aerial Delivery School, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
  4. Apr 2002 – Aug 2003, Instructor, Officer Training School, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  5. Aug 2003 – Jul 2005, Air Force Intern, Pentagon, D.C.
  6. Jul 2005 – Jun 2007, U-2 & RQ-4 ISR Mission Commander, UAV Flight Commander, Assistant Director of Operations, 13th Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
  7. Jun 2007 – Jun 2009, B-1 Intelligence Flight Commander, Senior Intelligence Officer, Wing Executive Officer, 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
  8. Jun 2009 – Jul 2010, Student, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  9. Jul 2010 – Jun 2012, Joint Integration Branch Chief, Concepts, Strategy, and Wargaming Division (Skunk Works) and Airpower Strategist, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Strategic Studies Group (CSAF SSG), Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, D.C.
  10. Jul 2012 – Jun 2014, Commander, Air Intelligence Squadron, Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill.
  11. Jul 2014 – Jun 2015, National Defense Fellow, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C.
  12. Jun 2015 – Aug 2015, Student, Joint Forces Staff College (JPME II), Norfolk, Va.
  13. Aug 2015 – Jun 2017, Plans Branch Chief, then ISR Ops Division Chief, Intelligence Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany
  14. Jul 2017 – Present, Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center


  1. Aug 2015 – Jun 2017, Plans Branch Chief, then ISR Ops Division Chief, Intelligence Directorate, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart, Germany, as a lieutenant colonel and colonel


Defense Superior Service Medal

Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters

Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters

Twelfth Air Force Field Grade Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Officer of the Year Award

Air Mobility Command Company Grade Intelligence Officer of the Year Award

Squadron Officer School – Distinguished Graduate, Squadron Outstanding Graduate, Chief of Staff Trophy (#1 Flight)


 Second Lieutenant Dec. 14, 1996

First Lieutenant Jan. 7, 1999

Captain Jan. 7, 2001

Major Sep. 1, 2006

Lieutenant Colonel Dec. 1, 2010

Colonel Apr. 1, 2017

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.