June 3, 2016
By Amber Whittington
DLIFLC Public Affairs
MONTEREY, Calif. – After serving successfully at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center for two years, Command Sgt. Major Matildo Coppi relinquished his role as the institute’s most senior enlisted leader to Command Sgt. Major Ramsey on Soldier Field at the Presidio of Monterey,
California, June 3.
“You are our nation’s future …and you will continue to thrive because of the unity of services,” said Coppi in his final remarks to students standing in formation before him, Soldiers, Sailors, Airman and Marines.
The change of responsibility ceremony was presided over by Col. Phillip J. Deppert, commandant of DLIFLC.
“Senior enlisted leaders are important because we command together, drive positive change together and lead together,” said Deppert about serving with Coppi. Making references to Hollywood movies that featured strong leadership personalities, he said “For America, the sergeant is the Army.”
Several of Coppi’s achievements during his two-year tenure included the improvement of Non-Commissioned Officer development, the augmentation of number of Military Language Instructors in the schools, and efforts toward allowing service members to choose the foreign language they want to study.
Coppi will move on to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas, where he was selected to attend a special Master program in education for a year, after which he will teach at the academy.
Ramsey arrived in Monterey after serving as the G2 Sgt. Maj. for 5th Theater Signal Command Clay Kaserne in Wiesbaden, Germany.
“I know what you are capable of accomplishing,” said Ramsey, who has served at DLIFLC three times in the past and has been trained in Arabic, Persian Dari, and Persian-Farsi. “I look forward to working with you in the future.”
DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 23 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, California, with the capacity to instruct another 65 languages in Washington, D.C., graduating more than 230,000 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: 3 June 2016