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  • Three LEAP participants selected for the Mansfield Fellowship program

    The Mansfield Fellowship Program is one of the most prestigious international fellowships in the world and this year, three of the selected Mansfield Fellows are also members of the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • 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.
  • LEAP preparing Airmen for the future

    Sixteen years have passed since Lieutenant Colonel Dear Beloved joined the Air Force. At the time when he entered, there were mounting tensions between Iraq and the U.S. and a shortage of Arabic speakers in the military. Lt Col Beloved did not speak a second language, but, he knew he needed to learn.
  • Air University Commander visits the Air Force Culture and Language Center

    Air University President and Commander Lieutenant General Anthony Cotton visited the Air Force Culture and Language Center Wednesday morning. During a briefing, he described the center’s work as “very beneficial”. “I didn’t even realize how many countries we are associated with,” Cotton said, “this is very exciting”.
  • Get to know: AFCLC Asia Pacific Expert Dr. Jessica Jordan

    Dr. Jessica Jordan has a Ph.D. in History (Modern Japan) from the University of California, San Diego. She speaks Japanese fluently and is currently serving as the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Assistant Professor of Regional Cultural Studies for Asia. Her deeply rooted knowledge is helping to educate men and women of the Air Force and shape the future of Air Power.
  • ‘Surreal’: Air Force Major relies on military, language training in aircraft crash rescue

    One minute, you’re having a well-deserved beer after a long hike. The next minute, all hell breaks loose, and you find yourself in the middle of a dangerous crisis. How do you react? What do you know that could be the difference between life and death? Military training was key for Maj. Braden Coleman, a C-17 pilot currently in training at the Joint Military Attaché School in Washington, DC. Braden is a Foreign Area Officer, which means he spent 47 weeks at the Defense Language School in Monterey, Calif., learning Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, and honing his cross-cultural skills. The culmination of his training was a cultural immersion in South Asia in 2017. He was sent overseas to visit several countries, practice his language abilities, and “get the lay of the land,” he said.
  • From Montgomery to Romania and Moldova: Air War College courses take students around the world

    The temperature was a bitter 16 degrees, ice coated the roads, and snow had just begun to fall when Dr. Tricia Fogarty and her Air War College students arrived in Romania back in February.
  • Thinking in Chinese – Staff Sergeant finds meaning beyond words through LEAP

    “Do you understand me?” is a question often asked when people who speak two different languages meet. The question of understanding goes deeper than just the meaning of words, though – according to one Language Enabled Airman Program participant, language skills are only part of the equation. To truly understand what is said in these conversations, cultural competence is the key, and that’s something she’s gained as a participant in LEAP.
  • Francophone Captain shines in Africa

    With time spent in more than 13 African countries, Capt. Megan Gallagher is not your typical U.S. Air Force officer. As part of the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Gallagher spends about half her time traveling from her home station at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to various locations across Africa, helping partner nations in almost every capacity associated with building strong aviation enterprises.
  • More than words: Different languages also means different ways of communicating. This Air Force staff sergeant is excelling at the challenge

    If you are a staff sergeant working in food service in the U.S. Air Force, a “by-name” request for your support from the Service’s top non-commissioned officer is notable and rare event — but that’s just what happened to Staff Sgt. Jason Sugimoto, a participant in the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program. LEAP is a career-spanning program to sustain, enhance and use the existing language skills of Airmen. The objective of LEAP is to develop cross-culturally competent leaders across all Air Force specialties with working-level foreign language proficiency.
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