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

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 incoming students ranging from recent high school graduates to seasoned officers. With service members coming in every Tuesday to begin their 36 to 64 week course in a foreign language, and graduation that takes place every Thursday, Donehue has a tough job of looking at the requirements in the field, assessing what is happening with the academic teaching side, and making sure that all elements work together to produce service members ready and capable of providing critical information to their commanders for national security needs. “I understand the unique role which a linguist plays in providing intelligence.  This capability requires a lot of hard work and dedication while studying at DLI, and more importantly, they must embrace the concept of being a life-long learner of the language,” said Donehue in a separate interview. As an Arabic and Persian Farsi linguist, Donehue has a habit of poking around the eight...
Navy makes splash at Command Language Program Awards

Navy makes splash at Command Language Program Awards

By Brian Lepley, Presidio of Monterey PAO Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force foreign language-trained service members and civilians gathered at the Presidio of Monterey to attend the Institute’s Advanced Command Language Program Manager’s Workshop held from Aug. 26-30. The workshop run by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, is regarded crucial for professional development and networking for CLP managers who are tasked with assisting linguist personnel in maintaining their language capabilities. Naval Information Operations Command-Georgia collected the 2017 best Command Language Program. The award follows NIOC-Maryland claiming the 2016 title. Petty Officer 1st Class Jaimie Biro of NIOC-Georgia is the 2017 Department of Defense Language Professional of the Year. DLIFLC Commandant, Col. Gary Hausman, and Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas Donehue presented all the awards, including those for each service’s top CLP and managers. Each service’s winners in the 2017 Command Language Program of the Year were the 3rd Radio Battalion, Marine Corp Base Hawaii, at Kaneohe Bay; the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; and the Army’s 704th Military Intelligence Battalion from Fort Meade, Maryland. More than 150 command language program managers attended the CLP workshop this year in order to glean knowledge about the trends in foreign language acquisition and new products offered to military service members maintain and improve their foreign language...
Meet the latest TRADOC NCO Instructor of the Year

Meet the latest TRADOC NCO Instructor of the Year

Face to Face There’s an Arab proverb: “Learn a language, and you’ll avoid a war.” Each day when Staff Sgt. Alex Rababah wakes up at 4am, he reminds himself of the importance of his job as an instructor at the Defense Language Institute at the Presidio of...
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...
LINGO promoted!

LINGO promoted!

On June 12, the Institutes’ beloved mascot, Pfc. Lingo, was promoted to the rank of Specialist. Lingo received his name as the result of a popular vote conducted on the institute’s Facebook page. Lingo came to the DLIFLC by way of adoption from the Monterey County SPCA two and a half years ago. “It started out as a joke with my staff, during a meeting where the SPCA director was giving a speech. By the time we walked out, everyone was talking about turning this idea into reality. Getting approval to have a mascot was the fastest Judge Advocate ruling I have ever received,” said then DLIFLC commandant, Col. Philip...
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