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  • Speaking Air Force-fully

    When I began working for the Air Force Culture and Language Center as a Subject Matter Expert in Culture (aka SME, pronounced like Capt Hook’s clownish pirate boatswain), I recognized that I was immersing myself in a culture that was fairly new to me – that of the United States Air Force. I quickly came to realize that there are many cultural assumptions in the Air Force that I was not aware of. Even now, years later, I am still occasionally caught off guard by a disconnect between my own cultural assumptions, and those of the larger Air Force. That’s when I learn something new about Air Force culture.
  • Air University and AFCLC hosted the fourth annual AU LREC Symposium

    Air University’s Air Force Culture and Language Center welcomed more than 300 participants to the fourth annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium here, from March 27 – 29. This year’s theme was “inter {culture} operability”, which was taken from the 2018 National Defense Strategy to focus on strengthening alliances and attracting new partners.
  • Five reasons you should attend Air University’s Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium

    From interactive panels to the in-depth cultural discussions, Air University’s annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Symposium sets the tone for the future of LREC and the Air Force. Each year, some of the biggest names in the LREC community gather at Maxwell Air Force Base to share their research and ideas.
  • Register now for Air University’s 4th annual LREC Symposium!

    Registration is now open for Air University’s 4th annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium.
  • Call for proposals: Take part in Air University’s LREC Symposium!

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center is seeking presenters and proposals for Air University’s 4th annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) symposium. The symposium provides a platform for academic exchange on topics specific to culture and language education in the military. This year, AFCLC will be addressing/exploring the theme of "Inter{cultural}operability".
  • Making Hay While the Sun Shines

    Recently, I read a story in BBC’s travel section by an English woman who had moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not long after she arrived, she was invited to a party at the home of a new friend, and on the appointed evening showed up on her friend’s doorstep a few minutes after the party was scheduled to begin. When the door opened she was surprised to be greeted by her slightly annoyed hostess, wrapped in a towel and dripping from her recent shower, pointing to the festive food still stacked in bags and making it clear that she wasn’t ready yet — neither the host nor the house was “party-prepared.”
  • After meeting at AU’s LREC symposium, Airman and researchers use language skills to impact international security analysis

    655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Reserve Citizen Airman Tech. Sgt. Clark (first name withheld), an analyst with the 49th Intelligence Squadron, is impacting an international security analysis program. Clark is combining deep linguistic expertise with cutting-edge data science to build a Ukrainian-English urban phrase “exonym” dictionary for the Coalition for Open-Source Defense Analysis (CODA) to use in creating an algorithm to predict the outbreak of radicalized violence in Ukraine.
  • Air University's LREC Symposium focuses on the Air Force and cultural agility

    Cultural agility and adaptability are the key skills Airmen need to build partnerships around the world. It was this presumption that led hundreds of service members, experts, and linguists to Maxwell Air Force Base for Air University’s 3rd annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture AU LREC Symposium focuses on the Air Force, cultural agility, and cultural property protection
  • Oman and Beyond

    Earlier this week, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Oman to discuss strengthening U.S.-Omani relations. If you’re the average American reader you may be wondering to yourself, where is Oman? You’re not alone and Omanis don’t mind this anonymity.
  • LREC symposium: Addressing the critical role of cross-cultural competence in the Air Force

    The programs are heading to the printers, the speakers have been finalized, and preparations are well underway for Air University’s Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Symposium in Montgomery, Alabama.
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