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  • 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.
  • Culture and Language…An Airman’s Perspective

    Airmen have a unique way of thinking about things and when you study our culture, it’s easy to explain. We are the legacy of pioneers who dared to defy gravity. Our heritage is to take to the heights and not only see but think about everything in new dimensions. It’s only fitting then that Airmen should innately understand how culture and language can enhance the application of airpower, support building alliances, and achieve unparalleled interoperability with valued partners.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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