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...
Top DoD official says DLIFLC the premier foreign language provider

Top DoD official says DLIFLC the premier foreign language provider

10/27/2014 By Natela Cutter DLIFLC Public Affairs Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Jessica L. Garfola Wright, says that the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center is the premier language provider to the Department of Defense, not only for resident instruction but also online foreign language training materials. “When I first came here I thought, ‘well they teach just a little bit of language.’ I have had only a few hours here and I am thoroughly impressed with the in-depth quality and professionalism of what they do here,” said Wright in an interview Oct. 22.”They (DLIFLC) not only teach more than ‘a little bit’ of language, they teach you to be proficient in the language and they teach multiple levels of that language, with phenomenal web-based programs to maintain your language skills,” said Wright in an interview. Accompanied by Stephanie Barna, acting Assistant Secretary of Defense Readiness and Force Management and Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz, the senior enlisted advisor for USD(P&R), Wright received a tour and briefing Oct. 22,  from DLIFLC Assistant Commandant Col. Ginger Wallace.Wright is a senior DoD official and the principal staff assistant and advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense for Total Force Management regarding readiness, National Guard and Reserve component affairs, health affairs, training, and personnel requirements and management. A part of Wright’s portfolio is also DLIFLC and the DoD foreign language training mission.Impressed by an Urdu class, Wright praised both the students and classroom instructor. “The interaction that I saw between the instructor and the students was just amazing. She was very knowledgeable, she was very professional, and she...
Presidio dedicates building to Medal of Honor recipient

Presidio dedicates building to Medal of Honor recipient

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. — More than 100 people turned out for the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Presidio of Monterey’s newest instructional building in honor of a Medal of Honor recipient and language graduate here Oct. 17. Building 618 is now known as “Cook Hall,” in memory of Marine Corps Col. Donald G. Cook. The building was officially opened after a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the building followed by a dedication ceremony inside. During the ribbon-cutting event, Presidio of Monterey Garrison Commander Col. Paul Fellinger, U.S. Rep. Sam Farr and Cook’s son Thomas Cook cut the ceremonial ribbon. Then, at the end of the dedication event, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Commandant Col. David Chapman and Farr and Cook’s daughter Victoria Spalding unveiled a bronze plaque of Cook. In addition to the participants, both events were also attended by other Cook family members and friends, state and local officials and military community members. Marine 1st Lt. Donald Cook attended the Army Language School, the predecessor to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, and graduated near the top of his Mandarin Chinese class in 1961. In December 1964, Cook became the first Marine captured in Vietnam. And, eventually, Col. Donald Cook, posthumously, would become the recipient of this nation’s highest military honor: the Medal of Honor. The building dedicated to Cook is a 110,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility, using the latest energy- and water-conservation technologies. It is one of the most environmentally friendly structures on the Presidio. For example, all the rainwater that lands on Cook Hall is collected and stored in large underground cisterns. The water...
2014 Ready & Resilient Campaign

2014 Ready & Resilient Campaign

09/05/2014 DLIFLC and Presidio of Monterey kick off Ready and Resilient campaign The Presidio of Monterey kicked its Ready and Resilient wellness campaign Sept. 4 with the signing of a suicide prevention proclamation, a buddy pledge, a prayer for the fallen, and a moment of silence.The proclamation and buddy pledge was signed by Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Commandant Col. David Chapman and Presidio of Monterey Garrison Commander Col. Paul Fellinger, accompanied by DLIFLC Command Sgt. Maj. Matildo Coppi and Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Wynn.“What is the essence of this day today?” asked rhetorically Chapman. “After nearly 13 years of conflict and the continuous deployment of our service members into harm’s way, the Army, and other Services, realized that the resilience of the force has weakened,” he explained to some   4,000 service members studying foreign languages at DLIFLC.“We realize there is a stigma surrounding seeking help… and to change a culture or behavior, we must all work together. We must look out for each other and use the buddy system – intervene when necessary,” Chapman told the audience, mostly ranging between 18 and 23 years of age.Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and has become a growing concern among military leaders. “All branches of the military are affected by suicide. The attitude toward seeking help will change when leaders convey the message that asking for help is not a sign of weakness but strength,” stated the narrator Sgt. Amy Cho. Thirty eight vendors were present at the wellness fest half of which were booths containing information on how to seek help...
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