How language opened doors for some alumni

How language opened doors for some alumni

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Studying foreign languages in Monterey has been a platform from which many Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center alumni have launched successful careers. It’s given them the language skillsets needed to conduct business in the international landscape. Below are just a few of many testimonies of former students who believe that everything they became began at DLI. From DLI to Vice President in Procter & Gamble Imagine being a private in the U.S. Army at the Defense Language Institute in 1969 learning Russian. Then imagine using a two-track reel-to-reel tape recorder weighing about 20 pounds, along with another 20 to 30 pounds of books. Now fast forward, and imagine being a vice president for one of Procter & Gamble’s first manufacturing plants and newest subsidiary in Eastern Europe. If you are a DLI graduate, this could be your destiny. “Graduating from the Russian Program at DLI was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life,” said Bill Harter, who graduated from Columbia University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor degree in Slavic Languages in 1975. Three months later, Harter got a job with P&G which led him to traveling around the world, to promote some of the products our lives would be impossible to imagine without: Ivory soap, Pampers, Mr. Clean, etc. “I traveled throughout Central Europe, Turkey, the Balkans, Central Asia, and picked up a few more languages such as German and some Dutch,” said Harter. With the fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of East and West Germany, Harter found himself jettisoned once...
Assistant Commandant Retires after 24 years

Assistant Commandant Retires after 24 years

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Col. Keith Logeman relinquished responsibility of his position as assistant commandant at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and command of the U.S. Air Force’s 517th Training Group July 13, 2017 on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California. Logeman was effectively retired from the Air Force July 14, 2017. Col. Wiley Barnes assumed responsibility as DLIFLC assistant commandant, which also includes command of the 517th Training Group. As assistant commandant, Logeman was responsible for more than 1,800 faculty members and 250 joint-service staff providing language training and operational support. As Commander of the 517th Training Group he lead two squadrons composed of about 1,200 Airmen, the majority of whom are cryptologic linguists. Barnes assumed these same responsibilities from Logeman. Previously he was the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations Division Chief for United States European Command. See more photos on...
Photos: The 15th Annual Korean Speech Contest

Photos: The 15th Annual Korean Speech Contest

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Asian School II at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, held the 15th Annual Korean Speech Contest June 29. The contest provides students with an opportunity to showcase their Korean language ability and cultural awareness. Students also performed various Korean pop songs on stage. Students who study Korean are not only encouraged to learn about traditional songs but also modern music such as those performed during the contest. Building on a foundation of language and cultural knowledge is a concept taught at DLIFLC and the institute has found that it aids in language improvement. Asian School II has been holding the Korean speech contest every year during the week of the anniversary of the Korean War. See more photos on...
TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. on NCO education and DLI role in Army future

TRADOC Command Sgt. Maj. on NCO education and DLI role in Army future

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Traveling throughout the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command during the week of the U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday, Command Sgt. Maj. David Davenport, the TRADOC Command Sergeant Major, finished up at the Presidio of Monterey, California, June 16-17. During a professional development forum taking place at the Weckerling Center on the Presidio June 16, Davenport spoke with noncommissioned officers of the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion assigned as platoon sergeants, military language instructors, trainers or other leadership positions at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He also used the forum to give answers to questions that were brought up to him at an NCO Call during his first visit to the Institute in October 2016. As the Army birthday is a time to reflect back on 242 years of history, Davenport said the Army’s future is built upon that legacy and part of its future involves NCO education. Prior to 1973 there was little investment in the NCO, said Davenport. Then in 1973, with the establishment of TRADOC, an evaluation system was put in place to help NCOs grow and succeed, known as NCOES. Now that system is being replaced by the NCO Professional Development System to help the Army achieve its NCO 2020 Strategy, he continued. NCO 2020 requires that all leaders understand their responsibility for developing the current and next generation of NCOs. Part of this effort places an emphasis on providing the outstanding training and education needed to conduct complex missions in the future. Davenport, who considers himself a “tech guy,” knows that it is only...
New Center for Leadership Development opens

New Center for Leadership Development opens

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – A new Center for Leadership Development opened at the Defense Language Institute Foreign language Center this March, as a result of a senior leadership summit held in summer of 2016, identifying the need for a pathway to identify leadership competencies necessary at each level of supervision at the Institute. “The Commandant of the Institute, Col. (Phil) Deppert, understands the unique challenges of leadership at a multicultural educational military institution. He identified the need for a local leadership center focused on developing those skill sets,” said Dr. Natalie Marchenko-Fryberger, who serves as the first director of the Center. The Center’s purpose is to help develop current and future leaders who are committed to promoting a highly engaged and positive workplace. The focus at the Institute is on achieving higher student proficiency levels and requires customized and innovative leadership skill sets to increase faculty collaboration and involvement in decision making. “Current leaders and faculty who are interested in career progression, which includes leadership positions, will have access to a tangible career development path,” said Fryberger. The path toward career advancement will include context specific training, mentoring and coaching as well as workshops and guest...
Memorial Day Observance 2017

Memorial Day Observance 2017

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center observed Memorial Day during a ceremony on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, May 25 and honored three fallen linguists from the Vietnam War era. Col. Phil Deppert, commandant, and Ben De La Selva, founder of the DLI Alumni Association, unveiled the plaque of the Institute’s graduates who lost their lives in Southeast Asia with the three service member’s names added. Sgt. Clarence L. ‘Boone’ McNeill was killed in action February 5, 1969 when the aircraft on which he was serving as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist was downed by enemy fire over Laos. Spc. 5 Richard Jay Hentz went missing March 4, 1971 when the aircraft on which he was serving as a Voice Interceptor was downed by enemy fire over Vietnam. Staff Sgt. Todd Michael Melton was killed in action February 5, 1973 when the aircraft on which he was serving as an Airborne Cryptologic Linguist was downed by enemy fire over southern Laos. The Institute has honored fallen linguists dating back to 1963, when official documentation began, which includes more than 330 graduates who gave their lives for their country. The annual ceremony consists of a formation of troops in their dress uniforms representing all four service detachments, ceremonial cannon fire and the playing of taps. Memorial Day dates back to the end of the Civil War as towns across America honored those who died in the war. The tradition continued as the U.S. fought in other wars, and it became an official federal holiday in 1971 as...
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