DLIFLC students volunteer at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

DLIFLC students volunteer at the 2015 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs MONTEREY, Calif. – Over the last 60 years, students of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center have volunteered, carried golf bags, and worked concession booths while creating great memories of their days at the once named Bing Crosby National Pro-Am in Monterey, Calif. Today, although the name has changed (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in 1985) it is no different as more than 250 service men and women volunteer, giving valuable support to the PGA Tour, the community, and numerous charities who receive hundreds of thousands of dollars of funds raised during this six-day annual event. Pebble Beach Golf Links opened its doors in 1919 along the spectacular Pacific Ocean making it one of the greatest public courses in America. In 1947, The U.S. Army Language School opened just minutes away in Monterey. In the early years students would walk the 4-5 miles to play on Pebble Beach or carry bags earning a few extra dollars when not in classes. Since 1947 the Pebble Beach Pro-Am is held annually in early February, except in 1996 when it was cancelled due to bad weather. The tournament is held on 3 courses on Pebble Beach Resorts, Spyglass Hill, the Links at Spanish Bay and Pebble Beach Golf Links. In the early years, the tournament was named the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am with the winner receiving $2,000 for winning the tournament; today the winner receives $1.2 million, with the tournaments total purse exceeding $6.8 million dollars. Over the years students from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and nearby Naval Post Graduate School have volunteered...
Ten become U.S. citizens at Presidio of Monterey

Ten become U.S. citizens at Presidio of Monterey

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif. – Ten individuals were inducted as new U.S. citizens in a naturalization ceremony that took place at the Presidio of Monterey Feb. 5, marking the seventh such event hosted by the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “I worked very hard to come to the United States and today my dream has come true,” said Asma Naser from Afghanistan and a Pashto instructor at DLIFLC. Naser, who speaks excellent English, came to the U.S. in 2006, after having worked at the European Commission in Kabul for a year. “I am so happy today,” beamed Naser, who said that she was fortunate to attend Middleburry College, Vermont, and receive a degree in International Studies. “I love teaching my culture and language to students. They work really hard,” she said. Naturalization ceremonies occur several times a year at DLIFLC, organized by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  from nearby San Jose, California, in cooperation with the Institute’s Faculty Personnel System. Some 1,800 foreign language instructors teach  23 languages at the Institute. “It is an honor to welcome you as new citizens of the United States,” said Gary Garman, USCIS section chief who presided over the event. Those naturalized Thursday came from a number of countries, including Iraq, Iran, Somalia and China. “I feel proud of myself and proud to be an American,” said Bunyada Horn from Thailand. Horn came to the U.S. with her husband who had been stationed in Thailand in 2008. She has been able to gain her General Education Degree and is looking forward to a career in...
Marines win 2nd straight Commanders Cup

Marines win 2nd straight Commanders Cup

02/04/15 By Gary Harrington DLIFLC Public Affairs The Marine Corps Detachment defeated the Army, Air Force and Navy at the second quarter Commanders Cup Feb. 4, on Soldier Field. Just before the competition began, several awards were presented to service members. Mr. Don Conrad presented the West Point Society of the Monterey Peninsula Leadership Award and recognized, Lance Cpl. Paul Smith from the Marine Corps Detachment, Seaman John Wallace from the Center for Information Dominance Unit, Airman 1st Class Nathan Thompson from the 517th Training Group. Mr. John Alich, the presenter for the Naval Academy Leadership Award recognized Sgt. Jesse David from Marine Corps Detachment and Petty Officer 1 Christopher Franks from the Center for Information Dominance Unit. Lastly, DLIFLC Command Sergeant Major, Matildo Coppi, presented the CSM coin with certificates to Sgt. Miguel Iles and Sgt. Jesse David from the Marine Corps Detachment. To make the competition more interesting, DLIFLC Commandant, Col. David K. Chapman began the race by announcing the names of randomly drawn service members to compete in pull-ups, sit-ups, burpees, the litter race, and the relay race. With an equal number of female and male competitors, the Marines and Army made it clear – it was their competition win, with the Air Force and Navy trailing behind. In the end, the Marines took the Commanders Cup for a second straight time. Although the Navy came in last, Chapman praised them for their spirit of competition. The Commanders Cup is held quarterly with the next event tentatively scheduled for late April or early...
Senior defense attaché shares experience with FAOs

Senior defense attaché shares experience with FAOs

By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs   MONTEREY, Calif., – Maj. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, the senior defense attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, shared advice and some of his life experiences with Foreign Area Officers at the Presidio of Monterey Jan. 13. A Joint Foreign Area Officer Course is organized each year by the DLIFLC FAO office, gathering officers from all four branches of the military for several days to teach new FAOs and their spouses about their future career path and what will be expected of them while working abroad. “You (are expected) to act as a combat multiplier…FAOs are always shaping. In the Army we call it ‘Prevent, Shape and Win,’ …the essence of your talents and your skills is to shape that strategic environment and hopefully prevent the possibility or the utility of arms,” said Hooper, to more than 100 officers. As regionally focused experts, FAOs normally receive foreign language training at DLIFLC and possess unique skills with political, cultural, sociological, economic, and geographic awareness of the nations they study. These highly trained individuals will go on to receive Master degrees in their field of expertise and serve as defense attaches, political-military advisors,  and occupy positions at the Joint Staff, major Combatant Commands and Department of Defense. “Build partner capacity in support of U.S. goals and objectives,” recommended Hooper. “The reason you are being trained to do what you do is to assist our partners in creating a security environment that is favorable to U.S. interests.” Hooper also recommended that one of the most important aspects of being a FAO is the ability...
2014 POM Chapel Tree Lighting Ceremony

2014 POM Chapel Tree Lighting Ceremony

<>DLIFLC Commandant, Col David Chapman presiding over the tree lighting ceremony PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. – Community members turned out for some holiday cheer during the Presidio’s holiday tree-lighting ceremony at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel Dec. 4. Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Commandant, Col. David Chapman was on hand Thursday evening December 4, 2014 at the Presidio of Monterey Chapel to participate in a countdown of the Presidio of Monterey Annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Families, friends, and even pets showed up for the event. All were in a festive mood while participating in the countdown and sang Christmas carols while greeting Santa Claus who arrived on a shiny red fire engine. After the lighting ceremony everyone was invited into the Chapel Annex for snacks and drinks, while Santa handed out candy canes, gifts, and took photos with the children.  ...
DLIFLC Hold 73rd Anniversary Ball

DLIFLC Hold 73rd Anniversary Ball

11/15/2014 DLIFLC holds 73rd Anniversary Ball The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center held its 73rd Anniversary Ball on Nov. 1st, with more than 350 faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends in attendance. The event, sponsored in part by the DLI Alumni Association and Foundation, was held at the Naval Postgraduate School’s historic Herrmann Hall, in Monterey.The guest speaker for the event was Ambassador Daniel Smith, Deputy Secretary for Intelligence and Research from the Department of State.”The Defense Language Institute is a world renowned organization and has no peer when it comes to producing the quality and quantity of linguists,” said Smith, thanking the faculty and staff for their contributions to national security by training some 3,500 students in 23 foreign languages year-round.“What you accomplish in such a short period of time is truly remarkable,” said Smith, citing his own experience and the difficulty of studying foreign languages.The event included performances carried out by faculty and students as well as numerous culture displays depicting Middle Eastern and Asian cultures. “We are a global power and we have global interests. We have a need for information from around the world and the kind of training you do for both non-commissioned officers and officers, is critical to our ability to function abroad,” said Smith, in a separate interview. “I am very familiar with the contributions that DLI graduates make in the intelligence community,” said Smith. “(DLI) is a critical component, the backbone, if you will, of training for our young men and women who will be our eyes and ears out there when it comes to the collection of information.” During...
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