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  • 251 Active Duty Airmen Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a rigorous selection board process this summer, the Air Force Culture and Language Center selected 251 Airmen for the Language Enabled Airman Program. The Active Duty selection board and AFCLC received a record number of more than 1,200 applications for the program.
  • “GANs and Deepfakes”: AFCLC faculty dig into research elective at SOS

    AU's SOS students in the AU Research Elective briefed Mr. Joseph McDade Jr, the SES Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff in HAF/A8, on their work regarding the threat of Generative Adversarial Networks and Deepfakes.
  • From LEAP Scholar to STEM Hero

    For Capt. Jorge Díaz, persistence and patience were crucial once he decided to apply to the Language Enabled Airmen Program. He missed more than one application deadline, but he also knew LEAP was the key to career success down the road. He kept trying.
  • AFCLC’s Czech Republic Expeditionary Culture Field Guide available now

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center at Air University’s latest Expeditionary Culture Field Guides has been released. This past month, Czech Republic has been added to the center’s growing collection of field guides.
  • 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.
  • Taiwan added to AFCLC’s field guide inventory

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center at Air University continues to expand its Expeditionary Culture Field Guides inventory. This past month, Taiwan has been added to the center’s growing collection of field guides.
  • Speaking Air Force-fully: Defining “spun up”

    Let’s start with a question: What does it take to get you spun up? Do you need a tranche (another great Air Force word) of information and maybe some well written Standard Operating Procedures? Or would some frustration and aggravation do the trick of spinning you up? Your response to these questions will vary significantly, depending on whether you are in the Air Force or if you are a civilian.
  • Speaking Air Force-fully: Defining 'kludge'

    The first uniquely Air Force word that I encountered was “kludge,” and to this day, I’ve never heard it spoken by anyone outside of the Air Force. Awkward, guttural and inelegant, it was especially notable because I could not, for the life of me, figure out what it meant.
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