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  • Who Hugs the Man with a Knife for a Hand?

    Humans are humans, and our humanity remains consistent, throughout time and throughout the world. This consistency allows us to ask, and answer, some of the questions raised by anthropologists. Archeology, a subfield of anthropology, involves taking fragmented details of daily life and human activity to build story of living, breathing people and the world they created for themselves.
  • ‘A dream come true’: A trajectory through trial, tragedy shapes Air Force career

    Capt. Lesly Toussaint isn’t your average Airman. Even if you overlook his advanced degrees (he has two, and they are from universities in France and Canada,) his rise from enlisted Air Reserve technician to commissioned officer, and his fluency in three languages – he would still stand out.
  • Air Force Scholar LEAPs to the top of his ISOS class

    Growing up, Captain Rocque Gartland’s abuelita would tell him stories about his family, his Chilean heritage, and what is means to be “lo mejor”. Translation: the best “You don’t have to always be the best, but you should always do your best,” Capt Rocque Gartland said, “work as hard as you can and let the results speak for themselves”.
  • A warm welcome: LEAP participant meets Chinese PLAAF leaders

    Midday and middle of the week, a wave of blue and navy uniforms washed over the inner circle of Air War College. Decorated in lapels, badges, and insignia, from a far, the group looked like one synchronous unit. But up close, it was an obvious blend of foreign and U.S. military members: the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force leaders and United States Air Force service members.
  • In Niger, Airmen continuously work to build relationships

    Capt Dustin Tanen constantly relives his time in Niger. He remembers the sights and sounds of downtown Niamey, the sandstorms of the 11-month dry season, and the intersection of Francophone, Muslim, and west-African cultures. As a special operations pilot, he traveled to Niamey, Niger in May 2017 for a Language Intensive Training Event. An immersion that would change his life.
  • 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
  • #AirPower and #GirlPower fuel Interoperability in the Air Force

    Air Force Master Sergeant Martha Meza describes herself as an International Airman, just like her male counterparts. Even though, she admits, there have been several occasions where she is the only “female Airman” in the room. Despite the lack of diversity, at times, when it comes to her job in the Air Force, she said, gender has never been an issue
  • Get to Know: AFCLC’S FAO In-Region Training Consultant Jessica Carroll

    Jessica Carroll’s desk is a collage of colorful artwork and family photos. At the Air Force Culture and Language Center, Carroll is the In-Region Training Consultant for the Foreign Area Officers. In her official duties, she helps the FAOs make travel arrangements for their language, culture, and strategic training.
  • 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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