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:...
DLIFLC Celebrates Black History Month

DLIFLC Celebrates Black History Month

By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center celebrated Black History Month Feb. 26, at the Tin Barn on the Presidio of Monterey. The event began with the national anthem, sung by the joint force DLIFLC choir, and was then followed by the invocation from Air Force 517th Chaplain, Capt. John Runnels. Following the invocation, Army Col. Glen Fallo of the Dental Activity Command, gave the opening remarks and introduced the guest speaker, Reverend Valentine Royal Thomas, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Pacific Grove, Calif. Reverend Thomas is an ordained pastor of the American Baptist Churches USA. She is the first recipient of the J. Alfred Smith Preaching Award (Allen Temple Baptist Church, Oakland, Calif.) and an inductee of the Morehouse College of Preachers (Morehouse College Atlanta, Ga.). Reverend Thomas is a graduate of the American Baptist Seminary of West Berkeley, Calif., with undergraduate studies in Special Education and Music from the Lone Mountain College in San Francisco, Calif. “A Century of Black Life History and Culture,” was the theme for the event with Reverend Thomas speaking to the crowd of approximately 130 patrons. Reverend Thomas revisited and shared stories from her life and her parishioners, and mentioned many black Americans who paved the way for others to follow, culminating with the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. The DLIFLC choir ended the ceremony with the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” by James Weldon Johnson (1871 – 1928), an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, and civil rights...
3,000 service members participate in Commandant’s Run

3,000 service members participate in Commandant’s Run

By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – The sun came out just in time to kickoff the Commandant’s at the Presidio of Monterey Feb. 18. With more than 3,000 service members from the Army, Marine, Navy and Air Force taking part, DLIFLC Commandant, Col. David K. Chapman, led the run which began at the Price Fitness Center athletic field. The run wound its way up and down hills and curves of the Presidio of Monterey before eventually reaching the bottom of the Presidio’s Soldier Field. Service members were in high spirit with the Presidio’s largest battalion, the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion, leading the way with cadence calls, a traditional call-and-response sung by military personnel while running or marching. The Air Force followed with the Navy and Marines bringing up the rear. Once at the bottom of the Presidio on Soldier Field, Chapman addressed the service members with a congratulatory “well done.” He told the service members that at larger installations, the Commandant’s run can consist of more than 20,000 participants, making this run look small with its 3,000 service members. Chapman pledged to host another Commandant’s Runs in July. The Commandant then handed the stage over to Command Sgt. Maj. Matildo Coppi who laterally promoted Provost Sgt. Maj. Wyndham Fox to Command Sergeant Major. Fox served as Provost Sgt. Maj. at DLIFLC since June 2012 and headed for a new assignment to serve as Battalion Command Sergeant Major at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. The United States Army first established the rank of Sergeant Major during the Revolutionary War, when Baron Fredrick William von Steuben, a Prussian volunteer, spelled out the...
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