By Patrick Bray
DLIFLC Public Affairs
MONTEREY, Calif. – A new initiative launched by the Department of Defense Feb. 1, known as “This is Your Military,” is a concept already in practice on the Monterey Peninsula between the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the rest of the community.
“This Is Your Military” highlights the work of service members, dispels myths about military service, and increases awareness among the American people, according to Amber Smith, the deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for outreach.
“We are proud to call ourselves members of this great community,” said Col. Phil Deppert, commandant of the Institute.
The cooperative partnership between the community and the military includes DLIFLC, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center, the U.S. Coastguard and the Defense Manpower Data Center, alongside local cities in the Monterey county region.
As part of that community partnership, Clive Roberson, the mayor of the City of Monterey, and the city council acknowledged three U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to DLIFLC with a signed proclamation during a live-streamed city council meeting Feb. 20.
“Recognition ceremonies, such as yesterday’s, really highlight our deep and long lasting partnership and our mutual support,” said Deppert.
Each Soldier was the winner of the Institute’s quarterly Joint Enlisted Board. The City of Monterey highlights the quarterly board members at city council meetings to help citizens connect with service members.
Also part of being a good neighbor is communicating with each other. So, DLIFLC and the Presidio of Monterey leadership meet with leaders from the cities of Monterey, Seaside, Marina, and Del Rey Oaks quarterly to discuss some of the common issues they face in the community.
For example, along with California State University, Monterey Bay, all of the cities’ leadership met at the Presidio Feb. 9 to learn more about internet technology and communication services used by DLIFLC and the Naval Postgraduate School – an .edu system as opposed to a .mil system used by the rest of DOD.
DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 17 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, California, with the capacity to instruct another 65 languages in Washington, D.C. The Institute has graduated more than 220,000 linguists since 1941.
In addition, multiple language training detachments exists at sites in the U.S., Europe, Hawaii and Korea, spanning all the U.S. geographic combatant commands in support of the total force.
Posted Date: 22 February 2018