Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Raymond Odierno, visited the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey Calif. 4 Nov.
While speaking to staff during his visit, Odierno shared his views of how DLIFLC is handling the task of conducting DoD’s language and culture training mission.
“The size and ability for DLI to reach out not only to initially teach our young Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines how to operate in a language, but also the way servicemembers can reach back and continue to learn once they leave is impressive,” said Odierno.
During his visit, Odierno observed a classroom of Dari language students and received a demonstration of the use of technology in the learning environment. Students also provided information on how they leverage technological capabilities to make language learning flexible, more mobile, and even immersive.
Impressed with the entire program, Odierno added, “This is terrific, we have come a long way (in teaching methods). I hope the students know how fortunate they are to be here.”
Departing the Institute, Odierno commented on the continued importance that DoD places on DLIFLC’s mission.
“I think DLI is going to continue to grow and I think it is going to be something that we find will be one of the most important things we need in order to continue to advance in understanding cultures and language capabilities,” he said.
Brian Lamar, DLIFLC Strategic Communications
Photos By Brian Lamar and Steven Shepard