By Seth Maggard, AFCLC Outreach Team
/ Published April 16, 2016
Col Charles Corcoran participates in a cultural exercise with role players at the Air Force Culture and Language Center at Maxwell AFB on 16 April 2016.
“There is a great deal of training to be completed before deploying anywhere,” said Col. Charles Corcoran after his April graduation, “but this is one opportunity that stands out. Every graduate that I have spoken to made sure to tell me not to miss this course and its amazing training.” Col. Corcoran attended GOPAC en route to the United Arab Emirates.
Several cultural experts are involved in training each GOPAC student through rigorous hours of culturally focused coursework. The officers were introduced to language and regional analysis training from the first day and led to increasingly more advanced topics as the course progressed. The cumulative event of the course, the Key Leader Engagement, places participants in a room with a native of their future destination, as they negotiate important decisions and enact social mannerisms.
The event also presents the challenge of dealing with ambience, interruptions, and other concerns during their assessment. It is a real-time assessment of the acculturation that they received here.
“The training was a perfect mixture of subject matter and professionally delivered lessons that constantly built on my confidence,” said Brig Gen David Hicks, a recent graduate of the course.
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