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Thursday, March 28, 2019


A new old way of learning languages

If you were to ask the average service member, chances are they would not equate military classes with a flexible learning system. The military, perhaps by definition, is rigid with rules and regulations. The Hebrew classroom here at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center is very different.



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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Egyptian General visits DLIFLC

Egyptian Brigadier General Mohamed Moustafa Kamal Ibrahim Fahmy, the Commandant of the Defense Language Institute of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, receives a brief about the U.S.-based Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center from Foreign Area Officer Lt. Col. Jayson Weece, May 22. Fahmy has not visited DLIFLC for nine years and says he wants to receive an update on the changes in curriculum and use of technology in the classrooms. Story and Photo Credits Story and photos by Natela Cutter, PAO


Thursday, April 18, 2013

Martial arts experts train Presidio Service Members

Shou Shu, which translates to “fighting way of the beast,” a full-on combat form of martial arts, was taught at the Presidio of Monterey Saturday, 29 March, by 10 black belt instructors, or Shi Gungs, who came from as far away as Lake Tahoe. The Shi Gungs, led by Ray Kriegr from Moore’s Martial Arts in Pacific Grove volunteered their Saturday to teach dozens of Service Members stationed at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. “I wanted to do something to empower people [Service Members] to be able to stand up against something,” said Sgt. 1st Class Stephanie Schafer, the installation Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. Schafer, a black belt in her own right and one of the instructors that […]


Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army visits Presidio of Monterey

Maj. Gen. Clyde Butch Tate, the Deputy Judge Advocate General of the Army, visited the Presidio of Monterey Office of Staff Judge Advocate April 18 in a bi-annual scheduled visit of outlaying installations that are within his realm of responsibility. Article 6 of the UCMJ requires the general officers of the different services’ JAG Corps to regularly inspect their general court martial convening authorities.


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Counterterrorism expert gives advice to military language students

The man who leads the State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications, Ambassador Alberto Fernandez, visited his alma mater April 17, and gave Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center students some good advice regarding their language studies. “Love it,” and “have patience.” “Cultivate that love for language…It’s like any other relationship. And you have to have patience. Language is something that takes years. It takes decades. It is easy to get frustrated so you have to put in the time year after year and go deep into the language,” he told service members studying Arabic-Levantine. And Fernandez knows this from experience. He is a DLIFLC 1978 graduate of the Arabic Basic Course and a heritage speaker of Spanish. His perseverance […]


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

TRADOC general tells students language is “life skill”

MONTEREY, Calif., – The deputy commanding general of the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command, LTG David Halverson, told service members studying Chinese at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center that the language and culture training they are receiving will be a “life skill” that will contribute to national security. In a visit to DLIFLC on Feb. 20, Halverson spent a day touring the facilities at the Presidio of Monterey and, in addition to Chinese, observed an advanced Russian Defense Threat Reduction Agency course, watched the interaction of Persian Farsi and Arabic language students in an immersion setting, and received a brief about continuing education through distance learning, as well as predeployment training to the Services worldwide. “It will be […]


Thursday, February 7, 2013

New U.S. Citizens Sworn In

The United States has ten new citizens as of February 7th. The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s faculty and their family members were sworn in during a Special Naturalization Ceremony, held at the Presidio of Monterey. The Institute’s commandant, Col. Danial D. Pick, delivered the opening remarks welcoming each new citizen and briefly describing their path towards American citizenship. Section Chief Anita Erfan, from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, officiated the Oath of Allegiance, while USCIS officer Danilo Ayran, who was born in the Philippines, delivered keynote remarks about his own naturalization experience. This was the third such ceremony held at DLIFLC, which was preceded by a USCIS outreach event, held earlier that same day. During the event, […]


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