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  • Sharing Your Voice: The Reason We Call You Scholars

    We call members of the Language Enabled Airman Program “scholars” for a reason. A scholar is a person dedicated to lifelong learning…for a purpose. That purpose is to serve others by sharing knowledge to turn darkness into light, as expressed by St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • LEAP Scholars Facilitate Virtual Security Cooperation Engagement Initiative

    This past summer and fall, the Air Force’s Southern Surgeon General’s Office conducted three medical VSCEs (Virtual Security Cooperation Engagements) in support of building partnerships across the Western Hemisphere.
  • Zooming Ahead with Distance Learning

    Throughout October 2020, the Air Force Culture and Language Center piloted an unprecedented learning model: virtual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture sessions for Africa instructed by Language Enabled Airman Program scholars, a foreign area officer, and AFCLC faculty via ZoomGov.
  • SECAF Emphasizes Importance of Language and Culture Skills at AFCLC and AU’s Symposium

    Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett addressed attendees virtually for the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University’s Fifth Annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (AU LREC) Symposium. During her pre-recorded remarks, Barrett thanked Air and Space professionals for continuing to hone their skills to better the Total Force.
  • Italian LEAP scholars Contribute to Contingency Operations

    Last month, Italian Language Enabled Airman (LEAP) scholar Maj Derreck Monnier led a five-scholar document translation team in support of the USCENTOM Vendor Vetting Branch. LEAP scholars Capt Grazia Castagna, Capt Marco Catanese, Capt Scott Divett, and Capt Stefanie DePriest worked with Maj Monnier to translate a 13-page document from Italian into English.
  • LEAP Scholars Contribute to Safeguarding Gabon’s National Parks

    In 2002, the government of Gabon made history by creating 13 national parks, protecting over 10% of the country’s landmass. In turn, Gabon’s National Agency for National Parks (ANPN) was created in order to manage the national parks, protecting the wildlife and environment, and increasing appreciation for the parks through conservation tourism.
  • AFCLC and Air University’s first virtual LREC Symposium draws thousands of people

    Once a year, hundreds of people travel to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama for the Air Force Culture and Language Center and Air University’s annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (AU LREC) Symposium. Scholars and practitioners from across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the LREC community come together to meet, greet, and share ideas.
  • A Conversation with AFCLC’s New Senior LEAP Scholar – Col Antonio Delgado

    Following the retirement of Maj Gen Patrick Higby in September 2020, Col Antonio Delgado became the highest-ranking officer in the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP), part of the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC).
  • LEAP Scholars on the Front Lines with COVID-19

    Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) track and investigate millions of cases of illnesses across the world. In late 2019, a novel coronavirus appeared in China, which had never been seen before and quickly blanketed the country. Epidemiologists conducted field investigations to learn as much as possible about the new virus, especially where it came from, its communicability, and its lethality.
  • 304 Active Duty Airmen and Space Professionals Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    Following a virtual selection board process this summer, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) selected 304 Airmen for the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). The Active Duty selection board and AFCLC received 680 applications for the 2020 cycle.

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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.