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Air Force steps up recruiting linguists

“The Air Force linguist corps has some unique challenges,” said Trefflich, chief military language instructor at the Korean schoolhouse, and an Air Force linguist recruiter liaison.



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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 […]


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Regional expertise more important in new Army construct

The director of Strategy, Plans and Policy Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G- 3/5/7, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, told a group of Foreign Area Officers that their future roles as regional language and culture experts will become even more important with the implementation of new concept called Regionally Aligned Forces that will organize military missions into five geographic regions over the next year. “You will be the individual who will be translating ideas between the support command, theater objectives and building partnership capacity,” he told a group of some 80 FAOs from all services attending the four-day long FAO Conference at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey June 10-13. FAOs in the Army and […]


Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Egyptian General visits DLIFLC

Egyptian Brigadier General Mohamed Moustafa Kamal Ibrahim Fahmy, the Commandant of the Defense Language Institute of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, receives a brief about the U.S.-based Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center from Foreign Area Officer Lt. Col. Jayson Weece, May 22. Fahmy has not visited DLIFLC for nine years and says he wants to receive an update on the changes in curriculum and use of technology in the classrooms. Story and Photo Credits Story and photos by Natela Cutter, PAO


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Martial arts experts train Presidio Service Members

Shou Shu, which translates to “fighting way of the beast,” a full-on combat form of martial arts, was taught at the Presidio of Monterey Saturday, 29 March, by 10 black belt instructors, or Shi Gungs, who came from as far away as Lake Tahoe. The Shi Gungs, led by Ray Kriegr from Moore’s Martial Arts in Pacific Grove volunteered their Saturday to teach dozens of Service Members stationed at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “I wanted to do something to empower people [Service Members] to be able to stand up against something,” said Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Schafer, the installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Schafer, a black belt in her own right and one of the instructors that […]


Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army visits Presidio of Monterey

Maj. Gen. Clyde Butch Tate, the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army, visited the Presidio of Monterey Office of Staff Judge Advocate April 18 in a bi-annual scheduled visit of outlaying installations that are within his realm of responsibility. Article 6 of the UCMJ requires the general officers of the different services’ JAG Corps to regularly inspect their general court martial convening authorities.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Counterterrorism expert gives advice to military language students

The man who leads the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, visited his alma mater April 17, and gave Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center students some good advice regarding their language studies. “Love it,” and “have patience.” “Cultivate that love for language…It’s like any other relationship. And you have to have patience. Language is something that takes years. It takes decades. It is easy to get frustrated so you have to put in the time year after year and go deep into the language,” he told service members studying Arabic-Levantine. And Fernandez knows this from experience. He is a DLIFLC 1978 graduate of the Arabic Basic Course and a heritage speaker of Spanish. His perseverance […]