DLIFLC reaffirms accreditation for seven more years

DLIFLC reaffirms accreditation for seven more years

By Natela Cutter MONTEREY, Calif. – The Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges acted to reaffirm the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s accreditation for another seven years in early June. In a letter to the commandant of the institute, members of the ACCJC/WASC stated that the decision was made during their June 6-8 meeting where members reviewed DLIFLC’s Institutional Self Evaluation Report and evidentiary materials. This information was augmented by a peer review team that conducted an onsite visit March 5-8, in order to prepare an External Evaluation Team Report. “The team found the Institute to be in compliance with ACCJC Eligibility Requirements, Commission Policies, and U.S. Department of Education regulations. The team found a number of innovative, student-centered, and effective programs and practices and thus issued a number of commendations to the Institute,” stated the External Evaluation Report, prepared by Dr. Jill Sterns. The core purpose of accreditation is to assure the public that institutions are meeting specific standards to achieve their stated educational mission. “I am extremely pleased that our institute’s regional accreditation was reaffirmed.  The reaffirmation process is rigorous and the outstanding results confirms the quality of foreign language education that we provide to our service members,” said DLIFLC Provost Dr. Robert Savukinas. The final report included seven commendations: Extremely clear mission that drives planning; strong student learning and achievement – focused programs with program-level learning outcomes; Sensing Sessions for student feedback; holistic student support, including Military Language Instructors as essential support for students; professional development opportunities for faculty and staff; shared governance structures and practices; and the Board...
Happy birthday, U.S. ARMY!

Happy birthday, U.S. ARMY!

The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. The 14 June date is when Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in The Committee of the...
New commandant takes charge of DLIFLC

New commandant takes charge of DLIFLC

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs MONTEREY, Calif. – After serving successfully for nearly three years, Col. Phillip J. Deppert relinquished command of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, to Col. Gary M. Hausman June 12. The change of command ceremony was presided over by Lt. Gen. Michael D. Lundy, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. “This is the toughest colonel command in CAC (Combined Arms Center) but possibly one of the most rewarding,” said Lundy in his remarks. “Phil, you have done a great job…Gary, you will no doubt continue the great work the Depperts have done.” “This has been the most fulfilling three years of my career, and I know you will have the same experience,” said Deppert to the new commandant and his family. In his farewell remarks, Deppert recognized what he called the “Team of Teams,” referring to faculty, Non-Commissioned Officer Military Language Instructors and service unit leaders of all four branches, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the institute. “The institute continues to thrive because of your unwavering support and open arms,” he said. Deppert has been credited for conquered big challenges such as implementing higher faculty pay compensation which gave instructors an approximate 20 percent pay raise and benefits augmentation, amounting to a $31.8M increase in annual salaries. He also reinvigorated Shared Governance at the institute by directing a review of the mission to improve communication between the representative groups and leadership. During his tenure, significant strides had been made in achieving higher student proficiency levels and Deppert instituted...
229th MI Battalion changes command

229th MI Battalion changes command

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif.,  – The 229th Military Intelligence Battalion welcomed Lt. Col. Jeremy L. Click to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and said farewell to Lt. Col. Toni Sabo June 8 on Soldier Field, at the Presidio of Monterey. “You are the top one percent of Soldiers I have served with,” said DLIFLC Commandant Col. Phil Deppert, who presided over the change of command. “I am moved and touched, and glad to have been a part of this important mission to make these Soldiers the best possible, given the high expectations we have of them,” said Sabo. “…This has been the highlight of my career …to work among the MI’s best professionals.” Soldiers of the 229th MI Battalion assigned to DLIFLC facilitate the production of qualified warrior linguists and sustains Soldiers and their families to support the operational force. “I give my oath of commitment to make you better every day,” said incoming commander Click. “Soldiers first – May you live our motto,” he said to the formation on the field. Click came to Monterey from an assignment at Fort Meade, Maryland. He has deployed to both Afghanistan and Iraq. Sabo served as the 229th MI BN commander since July 2016. She started her career in 1992 when she enlisted as a Chinese Linguist in Alpha Company on the Presidio of Monterey. Five years later, when she finished college, she enlisted and was assigned to the 902nd MI Group. This spring, Sabo decided to obtain her AA degree in Chinese, which was not possible when she graduated. Serving as an example...
314th Training Squadron welcomes new commander

314th Training Squadron welcomes new commander

PRESIDIO OF MONEREY, Calif. — The 314th Training Squadron conducted their change of command at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California, June 6. The 314th TRS welcomed their incoming commander, Lt. Col. Jaclyn DeRoush, and thanked Lt. Col. Christopher Walker, 314th TRS outgoing commander, for his dedication and hard work. “When I learned that I had been selected for command of the 314th Training Squadron, I was both humbled and excited,” expressed DeRoush, as a part of her incoming speech to her new squadron. “I have seen firsthand both the tactical and strategic impact of professional linguists.” During his farewell speech to the squadron, Walker reminded Airmen how they are all important to the Air Force. “Thank you for all that you are doing. I know that the training pipeline here is extremely long but you will all push through it,” said Walker. “The skills you learn here will be vitally important to our national...
DLIFLC receives new Command Sergeant Major

DLIFLC receives new Command Sergeant Major

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – After serving successfully at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center for two years, Command Sgt. Major Ryan Ramsey relinquished his role as the institute’s most senior enlisted leader to Command Sgt. Major Thomas Donehue on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey June 1. “I’ve served in many capacities here at DLI and am humbled to serve as the Command Sgt. Major for this historic installation… My experiences here prepared me to serve in the operational force and reach my potential as a Soldier,” said Donehue, adding that he entered a recruiting station 26 years ago in Beaufort, South Carolina, requesting to go to California. “This institute means the world to me.  I have one goal ­­­­here, which is to help set the conditions to provide the nation professional, ready, linguists who will assist commanders with making sound operational decisions. I will work with the military units, staff and faculty to make this happen,” pledged Donehue. The change of responsibility ceremony was presided over by Col. Phillip J. Deppert, commandant of DLIFLC. “Senior enlisted leaders are important because we command together, drive positive change together and lead together,” said Deppert, who himself is slated to change command on June 12. Several of Ramsey’s achievements during his two-year tenure included the improvement of Non-Commissioned Officer development, the augmentation of number of Military Language Instructors in the schools, and efforts toward allowing service members to choose the foreign language they want to study. DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 17 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, California, to nearly 2,500 students...
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