By Patrick Bray
DLIFLC Public Affairs
MONTEREY, Calif. – Command Sgt. Maj. Eric C. Dostie, the incoming command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, made his first visit to the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey May 3-4.
Dostie said during his familiarization tour of the institute that he is very impressed with DLIFLC’s teachers and Military Language Instructors as he observed firsthand how DLIFLC trains military linguists during a visit to an Arabic and Korean classroom.
During a visit to the institute’s Technology Integration directorate, Dostie was also able to see the many online tools developed for students to access in and out of the classroom and some of the language training products produced by DLIFLC that are available for pre-deployment training, deployment use or refresher training.
Dostie also attended DLIFLC’s National Day of Prayer luncheon May 3 and spoke with senior noncommissioned officers of the 229th Military Intelligence Battalion May 4. He noted the extreme professionalism of the 229th MI’s NCO corps.
The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, organized under the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, is the Army’s lead organization for doctrine, training, education, leader development and lessons learned.
As part of that, DLIFLC provides resident instruction in 17 languages at the Presidio of Monterey, California, with the capacity to instruct another 65 languages in Washington, D.C. The Institute has graduated more than 220,000 linguists since 1941.
In addition, multiple language training detachments exists at sites in the U.S., Europe, Hawaii and Korea, spanning all the U.S. geographic combatant commands in support of the total force.