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...
California Representative Loretta Sanchez tours DLIFLC

California Representative Loretta Sanchez tours DLIFLC

By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – “The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, such a great gem for America, where we teach culture and language to not only our service members but to so many others in government and local government so that we can communicate through diplomacy and not have to use our military all the time,” said Rep. Loretta Sanchez from California’s 46th district in Orange County, California. Presidio of Monterey, Garrison Commander, Col. Paul Fellinger gave Sanchez a tour of DLIFLC April 10. After a brief by Fellinger and DLIFLC Chief of Staff, Steven Collins, Sanchez’s first stop was the Presidio Municipal Service Agency, a model of efficiency for the Department of Defense, saving the government more than $1.5 million over the past five years and nationally lauded as the Monterey Model. Sanchez’s next stop was the Persian Farsi School where she was met by Capt. Sarah Martin, interim dean, and assistant dean Dr. Martine Danan. Sanchez visited a Persian Farsi classroom where she was given a classroom demonstration by students in Farsi. Before leaving the Persian Farsi School, Sanchez was given a brief technology demonstration of the online learning system that the DLIFLC offers to military and civilians at no cost. After a short walk next door to the Price Fitness Center, Sanchez was met by the director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Robert Emanuel, and given a tour of the new Functional Fitness Facility. The facility was created and equipped through the generosity of a local community activist, Bud Colligan. The primary goal is to help service members maintain...
SHARP workshop invites military, academia to share best practices

SHARP workshop invites military, academia to share best practices

By Tonya Townsell Presidio of Monterey Garrison Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Local military and academic representatives attended a two-day Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) workshop at the Presidio of Monterey March 31 and April 1 to exchange ideas regarding challenges faced by both military and academic institutions. Guests from about 15 universities and a variety of local military agencies representing the Army, Air Force and Navy gathered for the event to share best practices. Some topics discussed included barriers to reporting; unique challenges within the Department of Defense and academia; fostering student activism; and building military and civilian community partnerships. Military installations and universities both serve a similar population and face like challenges, explained Sgt. 1st Class Saffron Fletcher, the installation sexual assault response coordinator. A big focus at the joint workshop was on a significant need to eliminate victim blaming and preconceived notions about reported suspects. This would require a culture shift, according to guest speaker Russell Strand, chief of the Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training Division at the U.S. Army Military Police School. The good news is there are various culture shifts regarding sexual harassment and assault happening now, according to Strand, and he believes others are just around the corner. The workshop was the first of its kind with a plan to continue similar workshops in the future, according to Harry Green, the Training and Doctrine Command SHARP program manager. The SHARP Program reinforces the Army’s commitment to eliminate incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault through awareness and prevention, training, victim advocacy, reporting and accountability. The program is a comprehensive integration and...
TRADOC Army National Guard

TRADOC Army National Guard

By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center was a lot bigger than he thought, the professionalism of the command was extraordinary as well as the staff and students that make up the school, summed up Maj. Gen. Glen Moore. Moore began his visit with a tour of Gasiewicz Hall, a cultural immersion facility on Ord Military Community in Seaside, California, where the Immersion Language Office director, Jelena Teague, gave him a tour, which included visiting an Arabic immersion class. Moore said he was impressed the immersion program and was especially impressed with the overseas immersion program and how it enables students to learn in a natural environment the language they are studying. Moore also visited the Continuing Education program. Dr. Christine Campbell, associate provost for Continuing Education, briefed Moore on the Distance Learning capabilities that are offered through various programs and products. Moore received a product demonstration that used Headstart2, GLOSS and RAPPORT LSKs, language learning products accessed by students and government linguists around the world daily. Moore said the products offered could be a great asset to National Guard members before deployments, especially the Headstart2 program and that he would like to see the online products pushed by the National Guard Intelligence Advisory Council. Then, at Presidio of Monterey, Moore observed Persian-Farsi students. His reaction was an impressed one as he noted the professionalism and dedication of the students in learning to master a language in such short periods. “They are terrific examples of extraordinary Soldiers,” Moore said. Finally, after a briefing from DLIFLC Commandant Col. David Chapman...
US Army Training and Doctrine Command

US Army Training and Doctrine Command

TRADOC Daily News, 23 Mar 15 Military Training Technology by Harrison Donnelly The military has long recognized the importance of foreign language capabilities, with the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center serving as the premier language provider to the Department of Defense, not only for resident instruction but also for online training materials. The wide range of military needs for language abilities—not only for tongues from every corner of the world but also for different types of job specialties—is spurring technological innovation. Read full story at:...
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