By Patrick Bray
DLIFLC Public Affairs
MONTEREY, Calif. – The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center conducted its Fall 2015 Resiliency Day in conjunction with Patriot Day and Suicide Prevention Month Sept. 11 at the Price Fitness Center field, at the Presidio of Monterey, California.
Resiliency Day promotes wellness, safety, team-building, unit morale, and esprit de corps among service members, especially at DLIFLC where the stress of foreign language study can seem overwhelming.
Col. Phillip Deppert, DLIFLC commandant, kicked off the day’s events, which included physical fitness competitions such as team sports and races, wellness awareness activities, a variety of food vendors, and much more.
“We stop and take a knee today to remember to take care of each other,” said Deppert in his suicide awareness remarks. He continued by encouraging the troops to have fun and stay safe. “You all deserve to have this break today.”
Before the activities began, Deppert and Command Sgt. Maj. Matildo Coppi, DLIFLC command sergeant major, presented awards on behalf of the West Point Society of the Monterey Peninsula and the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association of Monterey Bay, as well as DLIFLC leadership awards.
The Naval Academy and West Point Society awards are given to any service member who demonstrates leadership, physical fitness, academic performance and volunteer service.
U.S. Marine Corps Pfc. Conner Brew and Airman 1st Class Christina James received the West Point awards. U.S. Army Sgt. Paul Tamashiro received the Naval Academy award.
Posted Date: 14 September 2015