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  • Remove the Earpieces: LEAP Scholar Conquers Barriers

    “I was on vacation the week prior in the Dominican Republic when my boss called and asked if I’d be able to fly to El Salvador that weekend and brief the Chief of Staff of the Air Force.” Hiding her nervous energy, 1st Lt. Lorrayne Kealty replied, “of course, no problem.”
  • LEAP scholar shares his journey from humble beginnings in Korea to Air Force flight nurse

    Air Force Major Michael Yim remembers his early days in the United States vividly. At just 15, his family relocated from their home in Korea to Virginia. It was a long journey that came with some harsh realities for the Korean-born teenager now living in the U.S. “I just remember getting here and thinking we looked different, we talked different, and we ate different,” Yim said. “I was made aware of my differences right away.”
  • Storyteller—Life is an opportunity—don’t waste it

    “Hey, your mom drank poison, and they are taking her to the hospital.” Those were the words Staff Sgt. Gopal Pudasaini, 21st Medical Operations Squadron family health clinic patient advocate, heard as he was in the middle of a school exam in a small village near Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. Pudasaini started running. Sharp gravel stabbed into his bare feet, but his panic, fear and anger fueled him to run through the pain.
  • Taking the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): A Vital Readiness Indicator

    LEAP Scholars, I want to talk to you about an important topic that deals with turning your LEAP education into a more precise measurement of military readiness—the OPI. The OPI provides data that offers planners a more refined picture of “right airman, right skill, right place, right time” when filling billets requiring LREC skills or contingencies where those skills add incredible value.
  • AFCLC selects 149 cadets for the Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a rigorous selection board process, the Air Force Culture and Language Center has selected 149 new cadets for the Language Enabled Airman Program. Participation in LEAP is voluntary and to become a LEAP scholar, Airmen must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List, receive endorsement from their unit commander, and compete via a board process. Selection to LEAP is based on applicants’ existing language proficiency, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, and Air Force language requirements.
  • LEAP: Improving my language skills at ISOS

    The purpose of the Inter-American Squadron Officer School (ISOS) is to cultivate those leadership qualities expected in superior ranks. The course mirrors Squadron Officer School (SOS) at Maxwell Air Force Base, but taught entirely in Spanish alongside officers from our Latin American partners.
  • Language Enabled Airman Program accepting cadet applications

    The Language Enabled Airman Program is accepting cadet applications now until March 15. Those intending to submit applications must apply online by visiting www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC.
  • Airman returns to home country Bulgaria for joint exercise

    May was a memorable month for U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Svetlana Alviar. She celebrated more than a decade of service, embraced a new promotion, and returned to her home country, Bulgaria, for a joint exercise. “I just hit my 11-year mark in the Air Force and I was able to return to Bulgaria and work with the Bulgarian and Romanian Air Forces,” Alviar said. “It’s been a great experience and I really look forward to what’s to come”.
  • LEAP Perspective: Returning home to Kenya

    Staring into the eyes of more than a dozen children at Mogra Children’s Centre and orphanage, Second Lieutenant Levi Mburu realized his life had come full circle---from Kenya to the United States and back to his homeland again. Once a young Kenyan boy, he was now a man and was at the orphanage representing the United States Air Force. As a respected officer, he wanted to use his story to make a lasting impression; shaping children who looked like him, who grew up in his hometown, and who had dreams beyond the city of Nairobi.
  • “I would not be an Air Force officer if it wasn’t for LEAP”

    When 1st Lieutenant Gorge Hernandez-Rodriguez enlisted in 2008, he was living in Puerto Rico, struggling financially, and looking for a way to support himself through college. Rodriguez knew the Air Force would afford him those opportunities, but he had no idea that his commitment and his language skills would help him grow both professionally and personally.
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