FAO program guest speaker on North Korea nuclear weapons

FAO program guest speaker on North Korea nuclear weapons

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. Wade Huntley, academic director of the Regional Security Education Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, also in Monterey, spoke to Foreign Area Officers in language training at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center June 21 about North Korea and its nuclear weapons program. Huntley’s teaching interests include nuclear, biological and chemical weapons proliferation and non-proliferation, and Northeast Asian security. He gave FAOs a detailed lecture on North Korea’s quest to obtain the bomb. “Why does North Korea do anything it does?” asked Huntley, who explained that motives of the world’s most secretive and isolated regime are sometimes baffling. Huntley began by discussing the 1970 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which commits states with nuclear weapons to pursue disarmament, while states without nuclear weapons agree to forgo developing or acquiring weapons of their own. In the 1980s, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, pushed North Korea to sign the treaty. Then, the world began to change dramatically. The Berlin Wall fell and the Tiananmen Square protests in Beijing both took place in 1989, followed by the downfall and 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, North Korea’s main benefactor. “The Soviet Union left North Korea out in the cold (after the collapse),” said Huntley. “In the early to mid-1990s North Korea was imploding. We didn’t realize it then because the problem was chronic rather than acute.” North Korea’s nuclear ambitions may have begun as a way to ensure...
DLIFLC receives prestigious teaching award

DLIFLC receives prestigious teaching award

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The American Association of University Administrators, or AAUA, awarded the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center the prestigious Nikolai N. Khaladjan International Award for Innovation on June 11, during an annual leadership seminar held in San Antonio, Texas. Founded in 1970 in Buffalo, New York as a non-profit educational organization, the AAUA’s mission is to develop and advance superior standards for the profession of higher education administration. This year, 60 practicing administrators from around the world attended, while the topic addressed was “Enterprise Risk Management” associated with universities and colleges. “Each year we recognize one or two (institutions). From our perspective, foreign language education in American higher education is one of those disciplines that absolutely is critical to the advancement of our national interests and is also a discipline in higher education that needs attention and innovation,” said Dr. Dan King, president and CEO of the AAUA. The award, for outstanding foreign language teaching methodology, was received by DLIFLC Provost Dr. Betty Lou Leaver on behalf of the institute faculty, composed of some 1,800 foreign language instructors, 95 percent of whom are native speakers of the languages they teach. “The selection of DLIFLC among 13 other competing universities means that our pedagogy is unique and strong enough to qualify, even though we do not necessarily have a traditional international relations program, commonly found at civilian colleges,” said Leaver.  ...
Record attendance at JFAOC on the Presidio

Record attendance at JFAOC on the Presidio

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – More than 200 officers attended the Joint Foreign Area Officer Course held at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center June 6-10 at the Weckerling Center on the Presidio of Monterey. “I have come all the way from Romania to attend this course,” said Lt. Cmdr. John Amiral, who currently works as the director of the Joint Visitor Bureau at the U.S. Aegis Ashore Missile Defense System Romania. “This is a great opportunity to learn about our profession, but also to meet people and network.” The five-day course that includes spouses, is held biannually at the Presidio of Monterey and is meant to prepare newly minted FAOs for their careers where they are expected to serve as defense attachés, security cooperation officers and political-military planners worldwide. As a part of this training, many FAOs attend a language course at the Presidio and or attend the neighboring Naval Postgraduate School to obtain highly specialized Master degrees. “Some day you will get a call from a four star (general or admiral) who will ask you for your opinion,” regarding a political situation,” said key note speaker Rear Adm. David Manero who is going to be the next defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Sharing his experiences as a seasoned FAO, Manero told the audience to “Get out there and mingle with people who are not necessarily part of the military,” referring to living abroad on assignment. “Use ‘direct osmosis’ and move about the society…don’t put the (foreign) language away but read and know the current events and history.” Brig....
DLIFLC receives new Command Sergeant Major

DLIFLC receives new Command Sergeant Major

June 3, 2016 By Amber Whittington DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – After serving successfully at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center for two years, Command Sgt. Major Matildo Coppi relinquished his role as the institute’s most senior enlisted leader to Command Sgt. Major Ramsey on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, June 3. “You are our nation’s future …and you will continue to thrive because of the unity of services,” said Coppi in his final remarks to students standing in formation before him, Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines. The change of responsibility ceremony was presided over by Col. Phillip J. Deppert, commandant of DLIFLC. “Senior enlisted leaders are important because we command together, drive positive change together and lead together,” said Deppert about serving with Coppi. Making references to Hollywood movies that featured strong leadership personalities, he said “For America, the sergeant is the Army.” Several of Coppi’s achievements during his two-year tenure included the improvement of Non-Commissioned Officer development, the augmentation of number of Military Language Instructors in the schools, and efforts toward allowing service members to choose the foreign language they want to study. Coppi will move on to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was selected to attend a special Master program in education for a year, after which he will teach at the academy. Ramsey arrived in Monterey after serving as the G2 Sgt. Maj. for 5th Theater Signal Command Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany. “I know what you are capable of accomplishing,” said Ramsey, who has served at DLIFLC three times in the...
Eight awards in Russian essay contest

Eight awards in Russian essay contest

By Chief Petty Officer Ted Hellene DTRA Interpreting Course   MONTEREY, Calif. – Eight Russian language students at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center received awards from the American Council of Teachers of Russian for their entries in the 17th Annual National Post-Secondary Russian Essay Contest at the DOD Center Monterey Bay in Seaside, California, May 31. Sgt. Van Walther received a bronze medal in Category A, Level 3 (Students who do not and did not ever speak Russian or any other Slavic language at home and have had more than 250 contact hours, but fewer than 400 contact hours of instruction in Russian). Staff Sgt. Olga Messier received a silver medal in Category C, Level 5 (Students who speak Russian with their families, and who attended school for 5 or more years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and have not had to relearn reading and writing skills after emigration). Staff Sgt. Anna Lyubarskaya received honorable mention in Category C, Level 4 (Students who speak Russian with their families, and who attended school for fewer than five years in Russia or the former Soviet Union and may have had to relearn reading and writing skills after emigration, and who have had fewer than 60 contact hours of instruction in college). Petty Officer 2nd Class Julia Shkunda won a gold medal in category B, Level 4 (Heritage speakers of a Slavic Language other than Russian, who have had more than 400 contact hours of instruction in Russian). Petty Officer 1st Class Gheorghe Cormos received honorable mention in Category A, Level 4 and 5 (Students who do not...
Memorial Day observance at the Presidio of Monterey

Memorial Day observance at the Presidio of Monterey

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 26. 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. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. William “Terry” Bare, former assistant commandant at DLIFLC from 2008 to 2011 and guest speaker at the event, encouraged the attendees to observe the Memorial Day holiday as a day of reflection and remembrance and not just a long weekend. “So here’s my challenge to you. Think about on Memorial Day those Americans from the late 1770s to the current day, those 1.5 million veterans, who gave their lives for all,” said Bare. Bare is the executive director of the Monterey County Veterans Transition Center and serves on a program that helps veterans in need. “I believe as a nation and a community we owe them our best effort,” said Bare. Following the remarks, Col. Phillip 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 the Global War on Terrorism. This year, there were no names to add to the plaque, a list which includes 330 DLIFLC graduates who gave their lives for their nation since 1963, when official documentation began. 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...
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