MONTEREY, Calif. – “The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC), such a great gem for America, where we teach culture and language to not only our service members but to so many others in government and local government so that we can communicate through diplomacy and not have to use our military all the time,” said Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez from California’s 46th district in Orange County, California.
Presidio of Monterey (POM), Garrison Commander, Army Col. Paul Fellinger gave Congresswoman Sanchez a tour the DLIFLC this past Friday, April 10, 2015. After a short brief by Fellinger and DLIFLC Chief of Staff, Mr. Steven Collins, Ms. Sanchez’ first stop was at the Presidio Municipal Service Agency, a model of efficiency for the Department of Defense, saving the government more than $1.5 million over the past 5 years and nationally lauded as the Monterey Model.
Ms. Sanchez’ next stop was at the Persian Farsi School where she was met by Capt. Sarah Martin, Interim Dean, and Assistant Dean Dr. Martine Danan. Ms. Sanchez visited a Persian Farsi classroom where she was given a classroom demonstration by students in Farsi. Before leaving the Persian Farsi School, Ms. Sanchez was given a brief technology demonstration of the online learning system that the DLIFLC offers to military and civilians at no cost.
After a short walk next door to the Price Fitness Center, Ms. Sanchez was met by Mr. Bob Emanuel, fitness center director and given a tour of the new Functional Fitness Facility. Through the generosity of a local community activist, Mr. Bud Colligan, the Functional Fitness area was created and equipped. The primary goal is to help service members maintain combat readiness during their time at the DLIFLC.
Ms. Sanchez’ final stop was lunch at Belas Dining Facility where she had lunch with students, Col. Paul Fellinger and other leaders from the Presidio of Monterey and Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center.
STORY AND PHOTO CREDITS
Story by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs
Photo 1: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez visits the Presidio Municipal Service Agency and tours their facility. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)
Photo 2: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez takes a photo with Persian Farsi students. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)
Photo 3: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez visits the Price Fitness Centers new Functional Fitness Facility with POM Garrison Commander, Col Paul Fellinger and DLIFLC Chief of Staff Steven Collins. (Photo by Gary Harrington, DLIFLC Public Affairs)