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...
First time college credit for military foreign language exam

First time college credit for military foreign language exam

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs Monterey, California – For the first time, the California State University system will accept the recommendations of the American Council on Education to provide credit for the results earned on the Defense Language Proficiency Test and Oral Proficiency Interview, according to a memo issued by the California State University Office of the Chancellor. “This is really big news,” said DLIFLC Provost Dr. Robert Savukinas. “It means that service members who take the DLPT and OPI, and score, for example, a 2+ in Listening, a 2+ in Reading, and a 2 in Speaking will be able to get up to 17 credits in the upper and lower division for the language they tested,” he explained, referring to the government foreign language proficiency scoring system, the Interagency Language Roundtable. For example, students pursuing a four-year degree with a foreign language major at a California State University might be expected to complete over 40 upper and lower division credits in that major. The California State University system currently numbers 23 university campuses throughout the state. Nearly half a million students attend one of these colleges in California. “The difference now is that a clear, system-wide pathway within the CSU system now exists for military service members to receive credit for their foreign language studies here in Monterey,” explained Savukinas. DLIFLC, regarded as the Department of Defense’s premier language provider, is attended by all four branches of the military and on occasion, the Coast Guard. The Institute does not provide open enrollment to the public. “Those in the military service are eligible to take the DLPT, even...
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