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Wednesday, July 31, 2019


Linguist at the Berlin Wall: Henry Klaput’s podcast story

After graduation in 1960, Henry was stationed in Berlin. He wasn’t sure he would get the chance to use his language much as a first sergeant. It wasn’t until the Soviets put up the Berlin Wall in 1961 that Henry was called on to be a translator.



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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Generations study language at DLIFLC

When U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Kuhlman in-processed last fall at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif., he picked up a special 70th anniversary edition of the installation Globe magazine, and started thumbing through the pages. “On page 14 he noticed a picture of a group of Slavic folk dancers. The nice-looking young lady third from the left in the picture, Olga Vieglias, is Matt’s mother,” said retired Lt. Col. Jim Kuhlman, in an e-mail to the Institute. “I was a student of Russian at DLI from July 1974 to June 1975 as a trainee in the Army’s Foreign Area Officer Program for the Soviet Union and East Europe. Olya was one of my instructors in the […]


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Rear admiral tells officers they need to be “elite”

The Navy’s senior foreign area officer and director of International Engagement, Rear Admiral Douglas J. Venlet, told a group of more than 80 officers at a Foreign Area Officer Conference that their job is to use their unique language and culture skills in order to build and maintain international relationships and partnerships throughout their careers. “We live in a globalized world. If we are not connected linguistically, we are out of the picture,” Venlet said, at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif. “You need to be elite…Focus on the language you are studying now and get to that 3/3 level,” he said, referring to a high level of foreign language proficiency. “Study, study, study. Don’t settle […]


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Regional expertise more important in new Army construct

The director of Strategy, Plans and Policy Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G- 3/5/7, Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow, told a group of Foreign Area Officers that their future roles as regional language and culture experts will become even more important with the implementation of new concept called Regionally Aligned Forces that will organize military missions into five geographic regions over the next year. “You will be the individual who will be translating ideas between the support command, theater objectives and building partnership capacity,” he told a group of some 80 FAOs from all services attending the four-day long FAO Conference at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey June 10-13. FAOs in the Army and […]


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.