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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

AFRICOM general shares experience with FAOs

Maj. Gen. Charles W. Hooper, director of strategic plans and programs for the U.S. Africa Command, shared some of his life experiences with Foreign Area Officers stationed at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Naval Postgraduate School Tuesday. “There is no secret to success…do the best you can, take jobs that are fulfilling, don’t chase the rainbow and work as hard as you can,” said Hooper, to more than 100 officers and staff who attended the event. Hooper, who graduated from DLIFLC in May 1987 from the Chinese Mandarin Basic Course, has worked his way from an infantry second lieutenant to major general with AFRICOM, which aims to protect American interests on that continent and assist its […]

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Friday, December 21, 2012

DLIFLC provost retires for a second time from Institute

MONTEREY, Calif. – The provost of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Dr. Donald Fischer, literally rocked his way through his second retirement Dec. 20, playing his electric guitar in a band following the official ceremony attended by more than 250 faculty, staff, and distinguished guests. “He was the right man for the right time and he is leaving with every student having a MacPro (notebook) and iPad,” said Dr. Richard Brecht, Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland, who has worked with Fischer since he became provost in 2005. Fischer is credited for placing a heavy emphasis on technology in the classrooms and in the hands of students and faculty. […]

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Language school receives Samurai sword from MIS officer family

The Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center was presented with a symbolic Japanese gift on Dec. 17, a samurai sword, donated to the Institute by the family of Lt. Col. Richard Sakakida, a Military Intelligence Service officer who served in the Philippines and Japan during and after WWII. “He was the right person at the right time in Japan. He accomplished so much not only for U.S. forces, but also the Japanese government which didn’t know whom to trust during the rebuilding of their country,” said Brian Shiroyama, a friend of the Sakakida family, who presented the sword to DLIFLC Commandant Col. Danial D. Pick. “It is a great honor to receive this gift,” said Pick, who […]

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

One Marine student recognized as the DoD Language Professional of the Year

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. – One Marine student here was recently recognized as the Department of Defense Language Professional of the Year. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center student, Marine Sgt. Zachary Coates, is a Middle East Cryptologic Linguist who hails, from Kansas City, Kan. Coates enlisted in the Marine Corps in October 2006 and graduated from the Modern Standard Arabic Basic Course in August 2008. For his follow-on training, Coates was stationed with the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion in Fort Gordon, Ga. In his time there, he provided support to the Global War on Terrorism and Overseas Contingency Operations, eventually deploying to a cryptologic support team in July 2010 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Upon returning in […]

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Top defense intelligence official says language central to new defense strategy

MONTEREY, Calif. – The under secretary of defense for intelligence, Dr. Michael G. Vickers, was pleasantly surprised Nov. 3 when he encountered his former Spanish instructor at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center while observing a Spanish language class. “Although I was able to understand what was being discussed during the class, I was also a little bit worried because I thought I was going to be re-tested in Spanish, which has atrophied somewhat,” said Vickers with a chuckle. “It was wonderful to see my old student. When I saw his face, it all came back to me,” said Dr. Deanna Tovar, who had just begun her career as a Spanish instructor in the late 1970s and is today […]

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Sunday, November 4, 2012

71st Anniversary Ball

More than 350 guests attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center 71st Anniversary Ball on Nov. 3, held at the Naval Postgraduate School’s historic Herrmann Hall Ballroom. “We were pleased that so many of DLIFLC’s faculty and staff attended the event. This is a unique opportunity for instructors to attend a ball, interact with the Institute’s leadership, and have fun,” said Ben De La Selva, president of the DLI Alumni Association, and sponsor of the ball. The guest speaker at the event, Dr. Michael G. Vickers, currently under secretary of defense for intelligence, graduated twice from DLIFLC, the Czech course in 1977 and the Spanish course in 1979. Story and Photo Credits: Story by Natela Cutter, Strategic Communications Photo: […]

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