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Thinking outside the box for your AFSC

When you think of jobs that require foreign languages, air traffic controller is not usually first on that list. Especially since English is the international language of air traffic control.



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Friday, September 13, 2013

Air Force 311th drill team sweeps victory

Members of the 311th Air Force Training Squadron drill team won hands down over their competitors, the 314th AF Training Squadron team, in a quarterly competition that took place on Solider Field Sept. 12, at the Presidio of Monterey and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “It was like watching an America’s got Talent show with a backdrop of an incredible view of Monterey Bay from Soldier Field, “said Col. Ginger Wallace, who took command of the 517th Training Group and position of DLIFLC Assistant Commandant in June.”This was the first time I have presided over this kind of an event here. It’s fantastic!” The 311th drill team prepared an elaborate free style routine that included tossing rifles more than […]


Thursday, September 5, 2013

DLIFLC Instructors become new citizens

Ten faculty members of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center became naturalized citizens in a ceremony carried out by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) at the Presidio of Monterey Sept. 5. Four additional family members participated in the naturalization ceremony, though they had automatically become citizens the moment their parents received notification. The process takes place automatically if children are under the age of 18. “The youngest person ever to participate in this ceremony was Ms. Zainab who is six years old. She was so excited about the ceremony and wanted to be there with her big brother and sister,” said Connie Trautman, a DLIFLC Faculty Personnel System staff member who helped coordinate Thursday’s event. “It is […]


Monday, July 8, 2013

DLIFLC Korean students showcase language proficiency

Students of the Korean Basic Course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center gathered to help commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at the 11th annual Korean Speech Contest held on June 27. DLIFLC Commandant, Col. Danial D. Pick, praised the students for undertaking an endeavor as serious and difficult as learning a foreign language for the benefit of their country. Pick also applauded the teachers of Asian II School who make student success possible. “I would like to thank the faculty and staff who continue to provide leadership and academic excellence in the classroom day after day that leads to events like today and the graduation of 87 percent of our students at a 2/2/1+ […]


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Presidio bids farewell to Air Force assistant commandant, welcomes new commander

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and members of the Air Force’s 517th Training Group said goodbye to one commanding officer and welcomed a new one during a formal change-of-command ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey June 26. The institute bid farewell to Assistant Commandant and Commander of the 517th Training Group, Air Force Col. Laura Ryan, and welcomed Air Force Col. Ginger Wallace during the event at Soldier Field. Air Force Col. Kimberlee Joos, Commander of the 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, who presided over the ceremony, said she had served with Ryan at McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. at the beginning of their officer careers and “knew she was destined for great things.” Ryan […]


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Generations study language at DLIFLC

When U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Kuhlman in-processed last fall at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif., he picked up a special 70th anniversary edition of the installation Globe magazine, and started thumbing through the pages. “On page 14 he noticed a picture of a group of Slavic folk dancers. The nice-looking young lady third from the left in the picture, Olga Vieglias, is Matt’s mother,” said retired Lt. Col. Jim Kuhlman, in an e-mail to the Institute. “I was a student of Russian at DLI from July 1974 to June 1975 as a trainee in the Army’s Foreign Area Officer Program for the Soviet Union and East Europe. Olya was one of my instructors in the […]


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rear admiral tells officers they need to be “elite”

The Navy’s senior foreign area officer and director of International Engagement, Rear Admiral Douglas J. Venlet, told a group of more than 80 officers at a Foreign Area Officer Conference that their job is to use their unique language and culture skills in order to build and maintain international relationships and partnerships throughout their careers. “We live in a globalized world. If we are not connected linguistically, we are out of the picture,” Venlet said, at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif. “You need to be elite…Focus on the language you are studying now and get to that 3/3 level,” he said, referring to a high level of foreign language proficiency. “Study, study, study. Don’t settle […]


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