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  • A Conversation with AFCLC’s Senior LEAP Scholar – Maj Gen Patrick Higby

    During its 10-year history, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s (AFCLC) Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) has produced thousands of LEAP scholars utilized in exercises around the world.
  • AFCLC Faculty Advise Award-Winning AWC and ACSC students

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s (AFCLC) faculty members are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but they also teach a variety of courses at the Air War College (AWC) and the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Most recently, three of AFCLC’s faculty members advised students writing award-winning Professional Studies Papers (PSPs).
  • LEAP Scholars Answer the Call

    In early June, defense and public-security leaders from 13 Caribbean nations and four territories participated in the 2020 Caribbean Security Conference (CANSEC), which was hosted virtually for the first time by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). This year’s CANSEC focused on regional mechanisms to mitigate the impact of disasters in a COVID-19 environment.
  • 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.
  • Facing the Future with Perpetual Optimism

    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.”
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