Chapman leads his final Commandant’s Run; says farewell to troops

Chapman leads his final Commandant’s Run; says farewell to troops

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – About 3,000 service members, along with some family members, joined Col. David K. Chapman as he led his final run as commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center July 24. The Commandant’s Run, as it is called, began at the Price Fitness Center athletic field and wound through the Presidio of Monterey, California, for a distance of about two miles. Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force units held their guidons high and called cadence throughout as they made their way to the finish line at Soldier Field. Throughout the U.S. Armed Forces these types of unit runs are designed to be challenging, team-building activities for service members. The runs are usually conducted within individual services, but at DLIFLC, the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force all have the unique opportunity to run together. “This reminds us that we’re all in one military, and we’re all on the same team,” said Chapman at the conclusion on Soldier Field. He continued by giving the service members and families a congratulatory “well done” along with an informal good bye. Chapman changes command July...
Expert on Islamic State speaks to DLIFLC students

Expert on Islamic State speaks to DLIFLC students

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Cole Bunzel, adjunct professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and leading academic expert on the background of the Islamic State, spoke to Arabic language students at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center July 17. The Islamic State became a growing concern for U.S. military leaders after it took control of most of Northern Iraq in 2014. Lectures such as this give students an opportunity to learn about potential issues they could be dealing with in their future careers. Bunzel’s discussion focused on the ideology of the Islamic State and its desire to reestablish the Islamic Caliphate. “The Caliphate is the state of the Prophet Muhammed. The successor to the prophet is the caliph,” said Bunzel. “It ceased to exist in Islamic history after the Mongols abolished it when they sacked Baghdad in 1258. The Islamic State today believes that the Caliphate is the only legitimate state in the world.” Bunzel discussed the rise of the Islamic State, beginning with al-Qaeda’s desire to establish a Caliphate in Iraq during the Iraqi insurgency in the early 2000s. Known as al-Qaeda in Iraq, it was led by Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi until he was killed by U.S. airstrikes June 7, 2006. The period between 2006 and 2013 the Islamic State became known as the “paper state,” said Bunzel, as their claim to have founded a state was not being taken seriously and the state existed only on paper or online. “Outside the narrow world of the jihadi Internet, the announcement of an Islamic State in Iraq drew little attention,” said...
Commandant says farewell at faculty potluck luncheon

Commandant says farewell at faculty potluck luncheon

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – More than 150 faculty and staff of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center said farewell to Col. David K. Chapman, DLIFLC commandant, during a luncheon at Khalil Hall on the Presidio of Monterey, California, July 16. “Thank you faculty for all you do. You made my job so much easier. All those great ideas came from you. All I had to do was go along with it,” said Chapman, referring to some of the academic initiatives he spearheaded with faculty input. “A three-time grad of DLIFLC, a true professional, and a very caring and compassionate person are all the more reasons we will miss Col. Chapman,” said DLIFLC Chief of Staff, Steve Collins. “We know he will stay in touch and will be looking to see if we can keep the momentum going on the many great initiatives he started.” Although serving as commandant for only about a year, Chapman has been very busy with many initiatives that effect students and faculty and better the institute. Even after his change of command, scheduled for July 29, Chapman plans to remain an advocate for DLIFLC, in support of the institute’s future success. “We thank you for your genuine concern for our faculty and students, for hosting faculty luncheons, for visiting the schools, and augmenting our overseas immersion program,” said Dr. Jim Zhao, associate provost of Undergraduate Education. Although the faculty played host for Chapman at the potluck luncheon, he hosted faculty members for lunch in his home on a monthly basis throughout his year in command in order to...
C Co., 229MI changes command

C Co., 229MI changes command

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Captain Shawn Zima assumed command of Charlie Co., 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, from Capt. Austin Holdridge on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California, July 2. In his outgoing remarks, Holdridge complimented his soldiers on their perseverance and dedication to becoming proficient military linguists. He also thanked the leadership of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion for their support during his one-year command tour. Zima, in his first remarks to the company upon assuming command, said that he has some big shoes to fill after Holdridge but sees the challenge as an opportunity. 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...
CALMED trains for life flight

CALMED trains for life flight

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – California Shock Trauma Air Rescue (CALSTAR) gave an orientation and overview of one of their helicopters at California State University – Monterey Bay July 2. Participants included first responders from the Monterey area and medics from the California Medical Detachment (CALMED). CALMED operates the health clinic for service members assigned to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language and the Presidio of Monterey. During the training, the medics learned how to load a patient onto a CALSTAR helicopter if the need should ever occur. The time it takes to receive emergency medical treatment can mean the difference between life and death. CALSTAR can rapidly transport trauma patients via air ambulance to a major medical...
Institute welcomes new assistant commandant

Institute welcomes new assistant commandant

By Patrick Bray DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Colonel Ginger Wallace relinquished responsibility of her position as assistant commandant at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center during a change of command ceremony June 26 on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey, California. Colonel Keith Logeman assumed responsibility as DLIFLC assistant commandant, which also includes command of the U.S. Air Force’s 517th Training Group. “I am passionate about this institute and this training group. I am convinced you are the right person to take both organizations to even bigger successes,” said Wallace to Logeman. “I have known Ginger since we were captains at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and the last ten days she’s continued to teach me about this amazing institute as she did then,” said Logeman. Wallace also thanked DLIFLC instructors for teaching students more than six to seven hours per day. “You are the heart and soul of this institute,” she said. As assistant commandant, Wallace 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, she lead two squadrons composed of 1,200 Airmen, the majority of whom are cryptologic linguists. For her leadership and service, Wallace was awarded the Legion of Merit, one of the U.S. Armed Forces’ highest awards, from Col. Kimberlee Joos, commander of the 17th Training Wing, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, which is responsible for the 517th Training Group. Logeman will assume these same responsibilities from Wallace, but first thanked his family for their patience in the many moves that military families must endure....
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