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  • More than words: Different languages also means different ways of communicating. This Air Force staff sergeant is excelling at the challenge

    If you are a staff sergeant working in food service in the U.S. Air Force, a “by-name” request for your support from the Service’s top non-commissioned officer is notable and rare event — but that’s just what happened to Staff Sgt. Jason Sugimoto, a participant in the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program. LEAP is a career-spanning program to sustain, enhance and use the existing language skills of Airmen. The objective of LEAP is to develop cross-culturally competent leaders across all Air Force specialties with working-level foreign language proficiency.
  • LEAP: Captain finds use for Russian in Syria

    Over the last decade, the dynamic and multicultural nature of combat operations demonstrated a critical Air Force need to develop Airmen who not only know their job, but are culturally aware and language capable. The Air Force Culture and Language Center stood up the Language Enabled Airman Program to advance this cause, and today this program “sustains, enhances and utilizes the existing language skills and talents of Airmen” across the total force.
  • Speaking the lingo: Ethiopia BPC

    Amharic is not a widespread language, but it is spoken by the 100+ million inhabitants of Ethiopia. This country in Africa is one of the few to have resisted colonization and has a proud heritage and culture.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj Charlynne McGinnis

    “Thanks to LEAP, I felt confident conversing in Filipino when we met up with Philippine key leaders at the US Ambassador's house and discussed political and military concerns shared by both countries. Highlight of the night was former President Fidel Ramos unexpectedly showing up!”
  • Language, Culture and medical knowledge boosts ties for Airman, Bundeswehr

    Language and cultural training, packed in with the right amount of Air Force job proficiency, can culminate into a valuable product. In November 2016, the German military spent four weeks working alongside that product as, 1st Lt Nadine Suh, a health services administrator assigned to 22d Medical Support Squadron at McConnell AFB, Kansas visited their largest Army hospital as a pioneer participant of the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • DLIFLC & Air University: 10 Years and Counting

    How time flies! 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLI or DLIFLC) of Monterey, CA providing foreign language classes on the Air University (AU) campus here at Maxwell AFB, AL.
  • Air University language program prepares Captain in search for missing WWII Airmen

    September 2016, an American B-24 bomber aircraft lies crashed at the bottom of the ocean, off the coast of Italy. Its 8 man crew entombed among the mangled fuselage and sea life for decades. It’s time to bring them home, but before that can be done, someone has to communicate between the Italian government and US agency trying to find them. That’s where Capt. Catanese comes in.
  • LEAP: Experiencing Germany’s largest military hospital

    In October 2016, I received the unique opportunity to spend four weeks at the largest Bundeswehr (Armed Forces of Germany) hospital as part of the Air Force’s Language Enabled Airmen Program (LEAP). This rare opportunity not only allowed me to practice my language skill, but I was also able to learn about a foreign military’s medical service, hospital administration, and their national health care system, all while building partnerships.
  • There and Back Again… and Here and There: Medical officer uses LEAP and DIMO to use French skills anywhere

    Managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC), the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP), is a career-spanning program to sustain, enhance, and assist with the utilization of the existing language skills of general purpose forces. LEAP has postured one of its participants, Maj Sylvia Kim, to carve out a unique career path thanks to its intensive training program.
  • Coffee, Cameroon and the Corps: A LEAP Experience

    As an Air Force Academy graduate early in her career, 1st Lt. Ariel Saltin, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, looks for every possible opportunity to provide her skills to enhance her surroundings.
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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.