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  • Public Affairs, the Peruvian Air Force, and Partnerships

    “I remember growing up in Minnesota and watching my dad and my brother”. It was within the walls of her family’s kitchen where 2nd Lieutenant Madeline Krpan’s desire to join the Air Force was awakened at a young age. Her father’s vivid tales of life in the Army combined with her brother’s experience in the Air Force served as inspiration for Krpan early on.
  • CMSAF Wright on the Air Force Culture and Language Center: ‘This is a great opportunity’

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listened intently as the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Director Howard Ward shared the Center’s mission and vision with the audience during this year’s Senior Enlisted Leader International Summit (SELIS).
  • Get to know: Air Force Times’ Airman of the Year and LEAP Scholar Capt Gluck

    Air Force Captain Julian Gluck has a few copies of the Air Force Times at his home that he has been giving to family. The newspapers and a large wooden American flag serve as keepsakes for the B-52 long-range bomber pilot who has been named the publication’s Airman of the Year. At just 27-years-old, Capt Gluck is being recognized for his community service, his devotion to country, and his commitment to the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • Weather and Culture: The forecast for a great Air Force partnership

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Zachary Kelly’s model data, meteorology abilities, and geography skills are some of the most important tools in the Air Force forecaster’s armory. For four years, his weather knowledge served as a guiding light for pilots at Yokota Air Base in Japan. Combining his military experience with his scientific and language expertise, each one of SSgt Kelly’s calculations ensured the safety of his fellow Airmen.
  • Air University center helps shape airpower with GOPAC, COMPAC

    Inside of a conference room at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, general officers and commanders have been quietly meeting, training, and preparing pre-deployment and pre-assignment for their journeys around the world.
  • At home and abroad, an Airman gives back

    Airmen who join the U.S. Air Force after being born and raised in a country other than the United States often say that serving in the military is a way to “give back” to their new home. For one Air Force captain, his work not only gave him an opportunity to serve the United States; it also meant being about to “give back” to his homeland.
  • AFCLC professor hopes to return ‘good luck flag’

    Fitted in a frame for preservation, Jessica Jordan is both haunted and intrigued by the tattered Japanese war flag in her office. The worn national flag covered in personal handwritten messages dates to World War II. The flags are known in Japan as a “hinomaru yosegaki” and in English as “good luck flags.”
  • LEAP over the airwaves

    An Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Laura Hunt admits she was nervous when she walked into AFN Kaiserslautern radio station. It was an early Friday morning and Hunt was getting ready to go live over the American Forces Network airwaves. Her job: tell all of their listeners about the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • Congo native and Airman inspired by the ‘Tree of Life’

    A canvas painting of a baobab tree dominates the small hallway in the Air Force Culture and Language Center. Hanging on a wall, the red and orange water colors slowly blend to form a breathtaking African sunset overlooking vast grassland. Frayed at the ends, the artwork pays homage to the ancient African “Tree of Life”. The tree is a cultural and national symbol in Africa, known for its healing power, and has been a source of inspiration for Air Force Technical Sergeant Alain Mukendi.
  • Who Hugs the Man with a Knife for a Hand?

    Humans are humans, and our humanity remains consistent, throughout time and throughout the world. This consistency allows us to ask, and answer, some of the questions raised by anthropologists. Archeology, a subfield of anthropology, involves taking fragmented details of daily life and human activity to build story of living, breathing people and the world they created for themselves.
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DoD Vision
The Department will have the required combination of language skills, regional expertise and cultural capabilities to meet current and projected needs.

AFCLC Mission
The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen, and provides the Service with the subject matter expertise required to institutionalize these efforts.

AFCLC Vision
The Air Force Culture and Language Center will lead the U.S. Air Force in building a cross-culturally competent Total Force to meet the demands of the Service's dynamic global mission.