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  • When You Know You’re Right Where You’re Supposed to Be

    It should have been an uneventful flight. Washington, DC, to Brussels, Belgium, to Kigali, Rwanda, where Maj Ryan Hess would begin the first leg of his in-region training in Africa. “I think I have a trump card for one of the worst travel stories of all time,” Hess laughed. “Anytime someone says they have a bad-travel story, they have no idea!”
  • Fifth Annual AU LREC Symposium Goes Virtual

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University is gearing up to host its Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium (AU LREC) 14-16 October with one change…the event will be VIRTUAL!
  • 95 Cadets Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a virtual selection board process this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) selected 95 Airmen for the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) out of 208 applicants. This year also marked the first year candidates were selected for LEAP from a branch other than the United States Air Force; seven of the LEAP selectees will eventually enter the United States Space Force.
  • VIDEO: Language Sustainment Resources and Tips from AFCLC and DLIFLC

    VIDEO: Language Sustainment Resources and Tips from AFCLC and DLIFLC
  • LEAP Spotlight: 2nd Lt Stephenie Reid

    One of 2nd Lt Stephenie Reid’s favorite quotes is from retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” According to Reid, “it encourages me to stay positive. I always try to remember the importance of having positivity and enthusiasm with others and oneself, especially when it comes to any language acquisition journey because it’s a lifelong endeavor that revolves around constant improvement.”
  • LEAP to FAO: Giving More than What’s Expected

    The Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program deliberately develops Airmen for work in international affairs by facilitating language, regional knowledge, and culture courses.
  • AFCLC Adds New eMentor Courses for Wolof and Twi Languages

    In March 2020, Gen Stephen Townsend, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, commented that “a secure and stable Africa remains an enduring American interest…I believe in Africa building partner capacity and counterterrorism efforts or counter VEO (Violent Extremist Organization) efforts are a way we do global or great power competition in Africa because that is what our partners are hungry for.”
  • Speaking Air Forcefully: REBLUE

    The Air Force is blue – a crisp, bright lapis. If an Airman’s blue hue fades a bit or gets “rusty” from too much time in a joint assignment, it is recommended that they reconnect with their Air Force community and their identity as an Airman. They must, like a weapon that has lost its protective oxidation, “reblue.”
  • Making the Grade: What Makes eMentor and LITES Essential to LEAP?

    The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is one of the cornerstones of the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC). More than a decade after implementing the concept of deliberately developing language-enabled, cross-cultural Airmen across the General Purpose Force, AFCLC continues to navigate outside the box for challenging educational opportunities and training situations for today’s Airman.
  • The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s LEADeR data system available on commercial and military networks

    As thousands of service members and Department of Defense employees telework amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force Culture and Language Center is making one its site more accessible across all networks.

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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.