Awards presented for Command Language Program and Professional of the Year

Awards presented for Command Language Program and Professional of the Year

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Col. Phil Deppert, presented awards to the winners of the Department of Defense best Command Language Program and Command Language Professional of the Year Sept. 27. Members of all four branches of the Services and DOD civilians gathered at the Weckerling Center, at the Presidio of Monterey, to attend the Advanced Command Language Program Manager Workshop held from Sept. 27-29, during which the awards are traditionally presented. U.S. Army policy states that units that are assigned linguists must maintain a command language program and provided several hours per week for linguists to train to maintain their language. More than 150 command language program managers attend the course each year to glean knowledge about the trends in foreign language acquisition and new products offered to military service members to better maintain and improve their foreign language skills. The winner of the DOD’s best Command Language Program of the Year for 2015 was the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command’s 704th Military Intelligence Brigade at Fort Meade, Maryland. The award was received by Col. Rhett Cox, brigade commander, and Selena Heckman, the Command Language Program Manager. Heckman is a 2012 graduate of DLIFLC in Korean and is also a Soldier-linguist in the Army National Guard. She has been with the 704th MI as a Department of the Army Civilian since February. “I was lucky to come in with an unbiased and outsider’s view of the program. The statistics, the numbers on paper, show how over the past five years the 704th...
Master Sergeant loves mentoring, giving back

Master Sergeant loves mentoring, giving back

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Though the U.S. Army has taught him much, if there is one thing in particular that Master Sgt. Mike Gabino has learned from the Army is that everybody has the ability to learn if you have the right instructor. That is why he strives to be the “right instructor” to his Soldiers as he gives back what the Army has given to him – opportunities. Gabino is fluent in Spanish and has served in the Army since 1993. He is the noncommissioned officer in charge of Undergraduate Education at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, California, which is regarded as one of the finest schools for foreign language instruction in the Nation. All basic foreign language teaching at the institute takes place in undergraduate education. “Part of being an NCO is to be a teacher able to coach, mentor and develop others,” said Gabino, which is standard throughout the Army, but at DLIFLC the stakes are higher. Considered one of the toughest challenges in the Department of Defense, the language school places enormous pressure on students from across the services – Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force – to succeed in only a limited amount of time. Proficiency standards for military linguists are high and getting higher. Students spend up to seven hours a day in class, followed by three hours or more of homework each night. Weekends are filled with extra studying, and that does not include the day-to-day requirements of being a service member. Dependent upon the language being learned,...
24th Korean Day Cultural Festival in San Francisco

24th Korean Day Cultural Festival in San Francisco

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   SAN FRANCISCO – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center commandant, joint-service color guard and fan dance team from the Korean School participated in the 24th Korean Day Cultural Festival in San Francisco Sept. 17. Col. Phil Deppert, commandant, spoke on behalf of the institute at the festival, commending the Korean-American community for their work and contributions made to the Nation and thanked them for allowing DLIFLC to take part in the celebration. See more...
FAO program guest speaker on the India-Pakistan dyad

FAO program guest speaker on the India-Pakistan dyad

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   Editor’s note: This article is a feature from the Foreign Area Officer program’s monthly officer professional development series at DLIFLC. MONTEREY, Calif. – Dr. Sharad Joshi, an assistant professor of nonproliferation and terrorism studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, spoke to Foreign Area Officers in language training at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Sept. 14 about relations between India and Pakistan. In his presentation “Assessing the India-Pakistan Dyad,” Joshi spoke about why this issue is important within U.S. National Security Strategy. The U.S. identifies a plethora of problems in Asia as it continues its rebalance to Asia and the Pacific, according to the strategy. In South Asia, the U.S. works with both India and Pakistan to promote strategic stability, combat terrorism, and advance regional economic integration in South and Central Asia. “In this partnership we always have to consider the other power,” said Joshi, referring to India and Pakistan as a hyphenated partnership. “For example, one cannot just go to Islamabad or just go to New Delhi without going to the other.” The problem herein is that India and Pakistan have been at odds with each other since the British Partition of India of 1947, which created India and the Dominion of Pakistan, later splitting into Pakistan and Bangladesh. Since then, India and Pakistan fought wars with each other from 1947-1948, in 1965, and in 1999. Kashmir, the disputed northernmost province of India, is at the heart of the tensions between the two countries. The vastly-Muslim province has religious and cultural ties to Pakistan, but is...
Former FAO program director at DLIFLC recalls 9/11 at the Pentagon

Former FAO program director at DLIFLC recalls 9/11 at the Pentagon

By Warren Hoy U.S. Army Retired   MONTEREY, Calif. – My job at the Pentagon was to manage the Army’s Foreign Area Officer Program. There were five of us FAOs working together on accessions, training, and policy matters regarding Army FAOs. As part of the training side of our job, we worked closely with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to meet FAOs’ foreign language requirements. We also presented the Joint FAO Course twice a year at the Presidio of Monterey. I recall a beautiful late-summer day, warm-not-hot, with the kind of achingly blue sky no cloud would dare appear in. I was at work in my cubicle, but the biggest thing on my mind was how to sneak out early and enjoy the day. Maybe go for a bike ride. Then, at 9:37 a.m., a Boeing 757 crashed directly beneath my desk. My cubicle was in Room 3D452 of the Army ring at the Pentagon, and the date was Sept. 11, 2001. When American Airlines flight 77 struck the building, it hit the first and second floors and tunneled directly under my third-floor office. The explosion sent a fireball through the window next to my desk, the impact knocked me out of my chair, and the room immediately filled with thick, black oily smoke. My desk was at the back of a cubicle farm that held about 80 personnel, near the office of our division chief, Col. Mark Volk. Since we were at the back of the room, we knew no one was behind us, so as Col. Volk and I moved toward the exit we gathered up...
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