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Thursday, September 20, 2018

 

Advice from the wise: don’t cram on the test

By Natela Cutter MONTEREY, Calif. – Every Tuesday morning, Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Donehue heads for the Tin Barn, a 1950s building on the Presidio of Monterey, where new students in-process and start the first day of their journey to becoming military linguists by mastering one of the 17 languages taught at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “If there is one thing I want you to remember, and there are many, you have to know that you can’t cram on the tests here,” said Donehue, to an incoming group of students from all four branches of the service. “I have gone through DLI three times, and know a few things,” he said to the group of about 30 […]

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

New U.S. Citizens Sworn In

The United States has ten new citizens as of February 7th. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s faculty and their family members were sworn in during a Special Naturalization Ceremony, held at the Presidio of Monterey. The Institute’s commandant, Col. Danial D. Pick, delivered the opening remarks welcoming each new citizen and briefly describing their path towards American citizenship. Section Chief Anita Erfan, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, officiated the Oath of Allegiance, while USCIS officer Danilo Ayran, who was born in the Philippines, delivered keynote remarks about his own naturalization experience. This was the third such ceremony held at DLIFLC, which was preceded by a USCIS outreach event, held earlier that same day. During the event, […]

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

DLIFLC commandant awarded Danish medal

The commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Col. Danial D. Pick, was awarded the Danish Armed Forces Medal for Special Meritorious Service by the Danish Royal Army Jan 30. The award was presented by Lt. Col. Nicolas T. Veicherts, the foreign language program director of the Royal Danish Defence College. The medal is typically awarded to civilians or military personnel who have done meritorious service to the betterment of the Danish Defence Forces. Veicherts visited DLIFLC with his colleague, Maj. Astrid Bjerregaard, to present the medal and tour DLIFLC facilities where four Danish soldiers are attending a 63-week Pashto language course, and seven others are attending a two-week special exchange Pashto immersion program. “This medal is given […]

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Sailor Combines Principles of Martial Arts Training to Everyday Life

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Sonie Lasker, a student assigned to the Center for Information Dominance Unit (CIDU) Monterey and attending the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), is the reigning Women’s World Martial Arts Champion and shares her knowledge, discipline and experience of the martial arts to fellow service members on and off the mat. Before joining the Navy in 2010, Lasker was the team captain of the United States Martial Arts Team. She competed in over 500 tournaments worldwide and was a 14-time world champion. Since arriving at DLIFLC, Lasker has taught many forms of martial arts to service members from the Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps five days a week at the Price Fitness Center […]

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AFRICOM general shares experience with FAOs

Maj. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, director of strategic plans and programs for the U.S. Africa Command, shared some of his life experiences with Foreign Area Officers stationed at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Naval Postgraduate School Tuesday. “There is no secret to success…do the best you can, take jobs that are fulfilling, don’t chase the rainbow and work as hard as you can,” said Hooper, to more than 100 officers and staff who attended the event. Hooper, who graduated from DLIFLC in May 1987 from the Chinese Mandarin Basic Course, has worked his way from an infantry second lieutenant to major general with AFRICOM, which aims to protect American interests on that continent and assist its […]

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Friday, December 21, 2012

DLIFLC provost retires for a second time from Institute

MONTEREY, Calif. – The provost of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Dr. Donald Fischer, literally rocked his way through his second retirement Dec. 20, playing his electric guitar in a band following the official ceremony attended by more than 250 faculty, staff, and distinguished guests. “He was the right man for the right time and he is leaving with every student having a MacPro (notebook) and iPad,” said Dr. Richard Brecht, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland, who has worked with Fischer since he became provost in 2005. Fischer is credited for placing a heavy emphasis on technology in the classrooms and in the hands of students and faculty. […]

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Language school receives Samurai sword from MIS officer family

The Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center was presented with a symbolic Japanese gift on Dec. 17, a samurai sword, donated to the Institute by the family of Lt. Col. Richard Sakakida, a Military Intelligence Service officer who served in the Philippines and Japan during and after WWII. “He was the right person at the right time in Japan. He accomplished so much not only for U.S. forces, but also the Japanese government which didn’t know whom to trust during the rebuilding of their country,” said Brian Shiroyama, a friend of the Sakakida family, who presented the sword to DLIFLC Commandant Col. Danial D. Pick. “It is a great honor to receive this gift,” said Pick, who […]

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