Silver Star Award Ceremony

Silver Star Award Ceremony

By Amber K. Whittington DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – After 44 years, and the persistence of an Army major, two Vietnam veterans received the Silver Star Medal on March 8, at the Presidio of Monterey in the historic Weckerling Center. Retired Col. William Reeder Jr. and retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Daniel Jones, both Army helicopter pilots during the Vietnam War, were presented with the third highest award exclusively for combat valor by Congressman Sam Farr. The award was initiated by retired Army Maj. John Duffy from Santa Cruz, California, whom the two saved during their heroic actions in Vietnam during one of the most infamous battles in Vietnam, in Kontum Province, at the Battle for Charlie. During the fight, ground forces were heavily outnumbered and under attack by heavy artillery and small arms fire. Reeder and Jones took out several lethal guns all while under intense fire from multiple anti-aircraft positions. After leaving the battle to rearm and refuel, Reeder and Jones’ team volunteered to return to engage the enemy, when they faced even worse conditions with low clouds, smoke, haze and darkness fully setting in. The heroic contributions of the two pilots lead to the escape of a dozen friendly forces and Maj. John Duffy, who was an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. Reeder thanked everyone who came to honor him and Jones at the ceremony, but gave an emotional word of gratitude to his special guest for the event Ke Nghiem. “As we are being thanked for what we did, I need to thank Ke for what he did, to save my life,” said Reeder to the crowd....
Retired general recalls largest military sex scandal

Retired general recalls largest military sex scandal

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Retired Maj. Gen. Robert Shadley spoke at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California, about sexual harassment/assault response and prevention during the institute’s quarterly SHARP training Feb. 19. “I speak to groups about eradicating the cancer of sexual harassment and assault from their organizations,” said Shadley to about 250 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines at the Post Theater. Shadley, the former commander of the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School, then located at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, unraveled the largest military sex scandal to date in 1996. Known as the “Game ala military,” an entire network of senior instructors were in competition to prey on young female trainees at the ordnance school. “We found that it was easy to cut down on trainee-on-trainee misconduct, but one day a first sergeant intercepted a love note from a trainee to her drill sergeant,” said Shadley. The investigation that followed had a snowball effect, eventually leading to charges against officers and enlisted Soldiers around the U.S. including Sgt. Maj. of the Army Gene McKinney, the highest-ranking enlisted Soldier. In 2010, after believing that little has improved in preventing sexual harassment and assault in the military, Shadley wrote a book, The GAMe – Unraveling a Military Sex Scandal, about these incidents at Aberdeen. “If you take care of your people, reward the good and correct the bad, the mission will be achieved and you and your organization will succeed,” said Shadley. Shadley was followed by skits from each of the services with winners receiving a copy of his book....
FAO program guest speaker on US-Korea Alliance

FAO program guest speaker on US-Korea Alliance

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. – Retired Korean Maj. Gen. Lee Seo-young, now a professor at the Korea National Defense University, spoke about the alliance between the U.S. and Korea to students at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Feb. 10. Lee gave his presentation, titled the Republic of Korea – U.S. Alliance: Past, Present and Future, to students at the institute’s Asian School II in Korean and then again later in English to the Foreign Area Officers. Speaking to the FAOs, “You are the experts between the U.S. and the country in which you serve,” said Lee, who served as a Defense Attaché for Korea in Washington, D.C., where he often worked on issues related to the alliance. Korea and the U.S. have maintained a bilateral Alliance for more than 60 years. Born out of the Korean War, the alliance grew stronger, both during and after the Cold War. Today, both nations “go together,” as their slogan suggests, to meet the security challenges of Northeast Asia. Beginning his presentation, Lee spoke about what he learned while researching alliances. “Most alliances last no more than 10 years,” said Lee. “The Republic of Korea – U.S. Alliance has lasted for 60.” In the first stage of the alliance during the 1950-1953 Korean War under the United Nations Command, Gen. Douglas MacArthur commanded all U.N. forces fighting in Korea. Afterwards, Seoul and Washington signed a mutual defense treaty authorizing further stationing of U.S. troops in Korea....
TRADOC commanding generals says DLIFLC is an example for Army University

TRADOC commanding generals says DLIFLC is an example for Army University

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center welcomed Gen. David Perkins, the commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Virginia, to the Presidio of Monterey, California, Feb. 9. Perkins visited a classroom in the institute’s Middle East I school where he interacted with some of the students who are learning Arabic. Afterwards, he spoke about DLIFLC as an example in the upcoming Army University, which will be a premier learning institution that prepares Soldiers and civilians to win in the future security environment. “Something we are trying to increase and propagate in the Army is that we want you to continue your education and your level of self-development,” said Perkins. “For the rest of your life we want you to build tools to stay connected to the community of learning, and I think DLIFLC is really setting a great example of how we do that.” Since 2002, service members attending the institute have been able to earn an accredited Associate of Arts degree in foreign language upon successful graduation from their program. Nearly 12,000 associate degrees have been awarded since DLIFLC became accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The Army has succeeded in making it possible for students to receive the two-year college degree with 45 DLIFLC credits and 18 units transferred from other accredited institutions or authorized sources. “In many ways, DLIFLC is a part of an example we want to propagate throughout the rest of the Army in that...
Former DLIFLC instructor speaks about UN

Former DLIFLC instructor speaks about UN

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Kim Sung-lim, a former Korean instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and now a security coordination officer within the department of safety and security at the United Nations, returned to DLIFLC to speak about the U.N. Jan. 28-29. Kim spoke about the role of the U.N. in monitoring the human rights situation in North Korea and presented on the first day to Foreign Area Officers and Military Language Instructors and the second day with students attending the institute’s  Korean school. “There is no parallel in the contemporary world to the level of human rights abuse in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” said Kim. For decades, North Korea has remained at the top or near top of all measures of state repression. The U.N. General Assembly has condemned North Korea for human rights abuses annually since 2003. “The U.N. is expected to be impartial even as a humanitarian agency, but in some cases it must execute justice,” said Kim, who feels very strongly about human rights abuses in North Korea. Human rights abuse is only one of many issues the U.N. must deal with on North Korean. A nuclear test was detected in the north of the country in early January. The U.N. Security Council quickly held an emergency meeting at the request of South Korea and decided to increase economic sanctions against the North. In 1945, the U.N. was established to prevent war, but it approved use of force in two situations: Korea in 1950 and Iraq in 1990. North and South Korea signed an...
Retired general encourages FAOs in language learning

Retired general encourages FAOs in language learning

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center hosted the Joint Foreign Area Officer Course Jan. 25-29 at the Weckerling Center on the Presidio of Monterey, California. FAOs, who come from the four branches of the U.S. military, are regionally focused and are considered experts on political-military issues. Once their FAO training is completed, they are expected to serve as defense attachés, security cooperation officers and political-military planners worldwide. Retired U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Matthew Brand spoke about the language enabled FAO Jan. 28. He served as a defense attaché in the Republic of Georgia and is a Russian linguist. He also served as the former deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and policy at NATO, his final assignment. “We are training you in this language so you can talk to people. You cannot get access to somebody if you can’t speak their language,” said Brand. “The most important tool in your kit is your language.” As part of their training path, a FAO could spend anywhere between 26 weeks to 64 weeks in class, seven hours per day at DLIFLC studying a foreign language. “The most important person you should know is yourself,” said Brand, who recommends that the FAOs become familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire to assist in their language learning. In theory, Myers-Briggs determines how humans process information and which of the four psychological functions is dominant for one person most of the time – sensation, intuition, feeling and thinking. “How does this apply to language learning? One thing we all have in common...
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