Robert Lisch, LtCol, US Air Force

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students is a senior military officer who acts as a liaison among staff, schools, and military units in all student matters. As Dean of Students, this officer develops and manages policies and regulations governing student academic assessments and makes rulings on student relief and rebuttal actions. This officer also manages the Military Language Instructor (MLI) program.

Lieutenant Colonel Lisch is the dean of students and Assistant Provost for
DLIFLC's Undergraduate Education program. He is responsible for student issues at the Department of Defense's largest foreign language training activity, which produces more than 3,500 military foreign linguists annually.

Lt. Col. Lisch began his service at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in October 2011 as the Deputy Commander of the 517th Training Group. He took up his current position on June 17, 2013.

Lt. Col. Lisch is an intelligence officer with over 19 years of service. He
graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1994. Upon graduation he was one of four second lieutenants selected to attend the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC) at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C. He received his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from JMIC in 1995, and then attended intelligence technical school at Goodfellow AFB, TX.

In 1996, Lt. Col. Lisch was assigned to an operations support squadron at
McGuire AFB, NJ, where he provided intelligence briefs to the Wing
Commander and 21st Air Force Commander and their staffs. In addition, Lt.
Col. Lisch provided intelligence briefings and training for two C-141
squadrons and two KC-10 squadrons. In this capacity, he deployed on
multiple occasions to worldwide locations. In 1998, Lt. Col. Lisch was assigned to Osan AB, Republic of Korea, as an intelligence imagery systems and theater battle management systems officer. His next assignment was to Special Operations Command (SOCOM) at MacDill AFB, FL, where he served as an information operations analyst, special operations forces military capabilities studies analyst, and lead intelligence briefer for the Combatant Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command. Lt. Col. Lisch's next assignment was to Officer Training School (OTS) as a Flight Training Officer, Flight Commander, and Director of Operations. As the 23d Training Squadron Director of Operations, Lt. Col. Lisch was responsible for the mission effectiveness, course schedule, and day-to-day supervision of 42 squadron personnel and yearly production of 1,500 newly commissioned Air Force medical, legal, and chaplain officers. In England, he served as the Senior Watch Officer at the Joint Analysis Center at RAF Molesworth leading a 12-person team responsible for Indications and Warning throughout European Command's 92 countries. Lt. Col. Lisch served as the Branch Chief for 38 analysts providing intelligence assessments for the Commander of U.S. European Command and his staff. He graduated as a Distinguished Graduate from Air Command and Staff College (ACSC) in June 2008 and earned a Master's degree in Military Operational Art and Science. Following ACSC, Lt. Col. Lisch reported to U.S. Pacific Command where he served two years in the J5 Strategic Planning & Policy Directorate as the Russia and Mongolia Country Director and as the Deputy Division Chief for Northeast Asia Policy. He was selected to serve as the Deputy Director for the Commander's Action Group , where he developed and articulated strategic policies and vision for the 4-star Combatant Commander.

Lieutenant Colonel Lisch was born in Belleville, Illinois. He is married and has two daughters.


2008 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL, Master's Degree in
Military Operational Art and Science (Distinguished Graduate)
2004 Intelligence Master Skills Course, Goodfellow AFB, TX
2003 Air Command and Staff College, Correspondence
2002 Academic Instructor School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2001 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
1996 Intelligence Application Officer Course, Goodfellow AFB, TX
1996 Fundamentals of Intelligence Course, Goodfellow AFB, TX
1995 Joint Military Intelligence College, Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.,
Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence
1994 Bachelor of Science in Political Science, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO


June 1994 - September 1995, Student, Joint Military Intelligence College,
Bolling AFB, Washington, D.C.
September 1995 - May 1996, Student, Intelligence Technical School, Goodfellow AFB, TX
May 1996 - September 1998, Deputy Flight Commander, 305th Operations Support Squadron, McGuire AFB, NJ
September 1998 - September 1999, OIC, Theater Battle Management Systems, 607th Air Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, ROK
October 1999 - September 2002, OIC, Joint Operations Center Intelligence Section, U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill AFB, FL
September 2002 - September 2005, Operations Officer, Officer Training School, 23d Training Squadron, Maxwell AFB, AL
September 2005 - July 2007, Senior Watch Officer and Counterterrorism Branch Chief, Joint Analysis Center, U.S. European Command, RAF Molesworth, United Kingdom
July 2007 - June 2008, Student, Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
July 2008 - October 2011, Russia/Mongolia Country Director, J5, U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H. M. Smith, HI
October 2011 - June 2013, Deputy Commander, 517th Training Group, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, CA


Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2007 & 2011)
2008 Air Command and Staff College Distinguished Graduate and
Commandant's Athletic Award
Meritorious Service Medal
2003 Officer Training School Flight Commander of the Year
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster
2001 Squadron Officer School Outstanding Contributor
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal


Lieutenant Colonel, 1 July 2009
Major, 1 August 2004
Captain, 1 June 1998
First Lieutenant, 1 June 1996
Second Lieutenant, 1 June 1994
DLIFLC 1759 Lewis Rd. Bldg 614, Ste. 251 - Presidio of Monterey - Monterey, CA 93944 (831) 242-5119, (DSN-768)