B Co., 229th Military Intelligence Battalion changes command

B Co., 229th Military Intelligence Battalion changes command

Story by Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Captain Nick Sabatino assumed command of Bravo Co., 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, from Capt. Phil Novak on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, May 1. The 229th Military Intelligence Battalion assigned to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center facilitates the production of qualified warrior linguists and sustains Soldiers and their families to support the operational force. Command of Bravo Co. is considered the most challenging in the 229th due to the quick turnover rate of students. Most students are enrolled in the 26-week European language courses, which also means students have less time to become proficient than the other languages. In his outgoing remarks, Novak complimented his Soldiers on their perseverance and dedication to becoming proficient military...
HHC, DLIFLC changes command

HHC, DLIFLC changes command

Story by Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Captain Sarah A. Martin assumed command of Headquarters and Headquarters Co., Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, from Capt. Alicia D. Scott on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, May 1. “As I stand before you for the last time, I could not be more proud or more humble, because to command is to serve,” said Scott. “My service to you is the rent I paid for the privilege of being charged with command.” Scott will move on to a new position at U.S. Army Headquarters at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Martin is coming from DLIFLC’s Persian-Farsi School where she served as associate dean since August 2014. “I am honored to take command of this outstanding company,” said Martin. “I fully understand that command is a privilege and I want to ensure that I give my all to this unit and its mission.” HHC consists of the command and staff of DLIFLC as well as additional support and administrative offices. The HHC company commander is primarily responsible for the administrative and training aspects of the...
Big turnout for SHARP Color Run

Big turnout for SHARP Color Run

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) office held a Color Run in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month at Soldier Field on the Presidio April 29. About 100 service members preregistered for the awareness-raising event, but on run day approximately 150 more than expected turned out, for a total of about 250 people. The run took service members around Soldier Field. As participants ran by, volunteers threw a mixture of corn starch and food coloring on them, adding to the spirit of the event. “This was a healthy and fun way to bring service members together,” said Sgt. 1st Class Tanner Swanson, SHARP victim advocate. “At the end we had everyone together to shout ‘Color DLI free of sexual assault.’” Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month events were conducted throughout April and hosted by the Presidio and DLI. “A lot of the events that we had planned were more information based, which is very productive but can be a little heavy sometimes,” said Tanner. “So, we wanted something fun and lighthearted to finish off the month.” Plans are already underway to host the 2nd Annual SHARP Color Run next year....
A CO, 229th MI BN changes command

A CO, 229th MI BN changes command

Story by Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Captain Robert T. Hammond assumed command of Alpha Co., 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, from Capt. Jason L. Reedy on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, April 24. The 229th Military Intelligence Battalion assigned to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center facilitates the production of qualified warrior linguists and sustains Soldiers and their Families to support the operational...
DLIFLC students win in annual Mandarin speech contest

DLIFLC students win in annual Mandarin speech contest

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Service members studying Mandarin Chinese at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, participated in the 40th Annual Mandarin Speech Contest in San Francisco April 26, with 28 DLIFLC students winning awards. About 500 Mandarin Chinese students from Northern California universities such as Stanford, Berkeley, San Francisco State and the University of California – Davis competed in the contest. Teachers in DLIFLC’s Chinese department encourage their students to participate in the annual contest, which many of them see as a measure of both faculty and student success, according to Patrick Lin, a lead faculty member at DLIFLC Asian School I. “Every year we take this contest as a driving force to enhance our students’ language proficiency,” said Lin. “This requires students to think in their new language.” Students deliver a three to five-minute speech, which they wrote, memorized and delivered on their own, on any appropriate topic the student chose to speak on, appropriate to his or her level of training. Airman 1st Class Naomi Woods won first place for her speech in Mandarin about joining the U.S. Air Force to study at the institute and not letting her mother down. “I spoke about how important it was for me to come here and learn Chinese and be good at it and make my mom proud because she did not have the same opportunities that I had,” said Woods. Airman 1st Class Justin Rodgers won second place for his speech about teaching English as a second language to bilingual preschool students and what he did to...
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