Command Group

Col James A. Kievit, DLIFLC Commandant

Colonel James A. Kievit


Colonel James Kievit is the 31st Commandant of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center. He graduated as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Pennsylvania State University in 1998 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. His education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from PSU, and a Master of Arts in Global and International Studies from the University of Kansas. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains’ Career Course, Combined Arms Staff School, Civil Affairs Qualification (J.F.K. Special Warfare Center), the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the United States Army War College.

Col. Jennifer L. Saraceno - Assistant Commandant DLIFLC

Colonel Jennifer L. Saraceno

Assistant Commandant

Colonel Jennifer L. Saraceno is currently serving as the Assistant Commandant, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Commander, 517th Training Group, Presidio of Monterey, California. In this capacity, Colonel Saraceno directs language training for 34,000 Department of Defense personnel annually in 89 languages at 29 sites worldwide. She also oversees 1,800 faculty members and 250 joint-service staff providing language training, proficiency testing, and curriculum to train successful linguists. As the 517th Training Group Commander, Colonel Saraceno leads two Air Force squadrons composed of about 1,200 Airmen, the majority of whom are Air Force Cryptologic Linguist trainees.
Ernesto L. Cruz - CSM

Ernesto L. Cruz

Command Sgt. Major

Command Sergeant Major Ernesto L. Cruz is a native of Arroyo, Puerto Rico; he enlisted in July 1998 as a cryptologic linguist. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, the Hebrew basic course at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center at the Presidio of Monterey, and completed follow-on training at the Goodfellow Air Force Base, San Angelo, Texas.
Ernesto L. Cruz - CSM

Mr. Steven Collins

Chief of Staff

Steven Collins is the Chief of Staff of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and the Presidio of Monterey. He is responsible for coordinating and providing full spectrum staff support for over 15,000 military language students and 2,000 staff and faculty posted at the Presidio of Monterey and at 31 locations around the world.