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  • Air University center helps shape airpower with GOPAC, COMPAC

    Inside of a conference room at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, general officers and commanders have been quietly meeting, training, and preparing pre-deployment and pre-assignment for their journeys around the world.
  • At home and abroad, an Airman gives back

    Airmen who join the U.S. Air Force after being born and raised in a country other than the United States often say that serving in the military is a way to “give back” to their new home. For one Air Force captain, his work not only gave him an opportunity to serve the United States; it also meant being about to “give back” to his homeland.
  • AFCLC professor hopes to return ‘good luck flag’

    Fitted in a frame for preservation, Jessica Jordan is both haunted and intrigued by the tattered Japanese war flag in her office. The worn national flag covered in personal handwritten messages dates to World War II. The flags are known in Japan as a “hinomaru yosegaki” and in English as “good luck flags.”
  • LEAP over the airwaves

    An Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, Laura Hunt admits she was nervous when she walked into AFN Kaiserslautern radio station. It was an early Friday morning and Hunt was getting ready to go live over the American Forces Network airwaves. Her job: tell all of their listeners about the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • Congo native and Airman inspired by the ‘Tree of Life’

    A canvas painting of a baobab tree dominates the small hallway in the Air Force Culture and Language Center. Hanging on a wall, the red and orange water colors slowly blend to form a breathtaking African sunset overlooking vast grassland. Frayed at the ends, the artwork pays homage to the ancient African “Tree of Life”. The tree is a cultural and national symbol in Africa, known for its healing power, and has been a source of inspiration for Air Force Technical Sergeant Alain Mukendi.
  • 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.
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