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  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Jimmy Chien

    “I wish more people knew about LEAP and the resources and experiences it can provide. LEAP is absolutely vital in ensuring the Air Force develops personnel with language and cultural skillsets. These skillsets will become invaluable as we continue to leverage and foster our partnerships across the world.” Chinese Mandarin LEAP Scholar and FAO Capt Jimmy Chien said.
  • AFCLC Faculty Enhances Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication Course

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Air Force Culture and Language Center offers participants in the Community College of the Air Force program a distance learning course, Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication, to provide knowledge and skills associated with cross‐cultural communication in an applied context. Recently, the CCC course received major enhancements from course instructors Dr. John Miller, Adjunct Instructor and Dr. Susan Steen, professor of record for CCC and AFCLC’s Faculty and Region Division Chief.
  • AFCLC’s Educational Student Support Team: Judi Goodall and Marsha Russell

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center has a unique team of individuals whose mission is the administration of the Center’s two courses that each receive three semester hours of credit through the Community College of the Air Force. Part of that team consists of Judi Goodall and Marsha Russell, who handle all student-related matters from course registration to reminding students of assignment deadlines.
  • LEAP Scholars Attend New SNCO Academy Course at IAAFA to Address Partner Nation Needs

    Spanish Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars Master Sgt. Alfredo Miranda Rosales and Master Sgt. Carlo Estrada Oquendo were among the first U.S. participants and Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars selected to attend the new Inter-American Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy course.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj. Timothy Bettis

    "The ability of AFCLC to be forward-thinking and enable USAF students to flex their curriculum to anticipate future DOD needs is highly important. The bottom-up nature of the Language Enabled Airman Program allows students to be more agile in matching their interests and capabilities to emerging DOD needs more than a top-down, requirements-based bureaucracy could ever be," LEAP Scholar and FAO Maj. Timothy Bettis said.
  • Siblings of LEAP: Major Marie and Captain Liana Gaudreault

    Growing up in a military home with Air Force parents, Maj. Marie Gaudreault and Capt. Liana Gaudreault both continued the legacy by joining the Air Force. As sibling pilots in the Air Force and French Scholars in the Language Enabled Airman Program, the Gaudreaults are living out their life journeys separately but together.
  • LEAP Accepting Cadet Applications 10 January through 7 March

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center announced the Language Enabled Airman Program will accept U.S. Air Force Academy and Air Force ROTC Cadet applications beginning 10 January through 7 March for the 2022 application cycle. LEAP is a career-spanning program to sustain and improve Airmen’s and U.S. Space Force Guardian’s language and cultural capabilities. Managed by AFCLC, LEAP develops cross-culturally competent leaders who meet air and space force mission requirements.
  • AFCLC Launches New Introduction to China, Russia Courses with Certificates on Culture Guide App

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center recently added Introduction to China, Introduction to Russia Culture courses, and a video library to its newly updated, free Culture Guide mobile app. The addition of the courses moves lock-step with Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s strategic initiative, Accelerate Change or Lose, outlining four Action Orders and focusing on people, decision-making, competition, and adapting to change.
  • AFCLC and DPAA: A Partnership for Mission Success

    Since 2012, Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars and Foreign Area Officers from the Air Force Culture and Language Center have helped to support the Defense POW/MIA Agency’s mission. What started as linguistic support for DPAA’s Short-term Individual Augmentee Sourcing Conference has now developed into life-changing language, cultural and tactical support in helping DPAA connect with families of missing personnel.
  • French LEAP Scholars Participate in ISO Immersion Course for Integrated Deterrence

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center developed a two-week isolated immersion course to better prepare LEAP Scholars for integrated deterrence and partner interoperability. During this immersion, the Scholars were in a real-world isolated environment. They lived together and utilized their target language 100 percent of the time during their stay, including during excursions and outings. They discussed strategic topics related to integrated deterrence and completed excursions within the community related to the target language. Seven French LEAP Scholars were hand-selected by AFCLC Language Development Coordinators based on their language proficiency, experience, and overall LEAP level to participate in the course.
  • AFCLC Hosts Its Largest PAC for 3rd Air Force Command Chiefs

    In November, the Air Force Culture and Language Center completed its largest and perhaps most ambitious three-day virtual Pre-Acculturation Course for eight Command Chiefs with the 3rd Air Force. The CHIEFPAC covered the history, culture, and strategic issues of Europe, Africa, Russia, Ukraine, the Baltics, the Artic, and other NATO networks. The course was facilitated by AFCLC’s in-house faculty Dr. Scott Edmondson, Dr. Elizabeth Peifer and Dr. Patricia Fogarty.
  • AFCLC Co-Sponsors Squadron Officer School “Think Tank” Event

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center collaborated with the Squadron Officer School to launch its 22A Think Tank initiative. The 22A Think Tank, which took place from 8 November 2021 to 15 December 2021, was an opportunity for a select group of students to tackle a major issue and present creative solutions to senior leaders. They also received intensive coaching on design principles adapted from the best practices in industry, academia, and militaries from across the world directly applicable to the strategic thinking skills that are highly valuable to leaders at all levels.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Aigerim Akhmetova

    “LEAP is a great program and positively impacts our strategic objectives by building and strengthening strategic alliances around the world. My latest LEAP opportunity, which was also my Language Intensive Training Event, was personal. It was personal because it meant I would have the opportunity to return to my native land and strengthen relations between the countries and cultures. Growing up in Kazakhstan, my parents instilled the Kazakh traditions and respect to native soil. I was excited, prepared, and beyond grateful to the Air Force, my Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, and 92nd Force Support Squadron family for supporting me in this journey back to my native land," Kazakh LEAP Scholar Capt. Aigerim Akhmetova said.
  • AFCLC Faculty Tackles Indo-Pacific Basing with Research Task Force

    Dr. Jessica Jordan, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia), is accelerating learning for Airmen and Guardians by facilitating a two-term research elective to explore military basing in the Indo-Pacific Region from August 2021 until February 2022.
  • AFCLC TV: AFCLC to Feature Programs and Staff on Facebook Live

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center is launching a new program, AFCLC TV, to showcase the Center’s products, innovative teaching and learning strategies, and tactics developed to leverage language and cultural expertise in a global mission for enhancing partner interoperability and adversary understanding beginning in December.
  • LEAP Scholars to Present Live in Special Facebook Group

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Division is launching a new program to showcase the Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars and their highly specialized culture and language training. The program, called “LEAP Live,” will allow LEAP Scholars to deliver course projects live online in the AFCLC LEAP Facebook Group each month beginning on 30 November 21.
  • Going the Extra Mile in Language Learning

    Although new to the Language Enabled Airman Program, Japanese LEAP Scholar Maj. Jacob McCauley is not a newcomer to the realm of language training. Since childhood, he studied to become proficient in both linguist and technical languages.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Tech Sgt. Trymaine Kelley

    “Being a LEAP Scholar is life-changing. Just recently, I re-took the DLPT test, and I got my highest scores ever. Now, not only do I get paid extra to know a language, but I also get to help out the Air Force and support missions I wouldn’t have access to otherwise. I have been to Costa Rica, Mexico City, and Miami on LITEs. I have made lifelong friends on each trip and experienced cultures in a way that wouldn’t be possible without LEAP. I am very happy to be in the program, and I plan to stay in it for the rest of my career," Spanish LEAP Scholar Tech. Sgt. Trymaine Kelley said.
  • AFCLC, Air University’s Sixth Annual LREC Centers around “Great Power of Culture”

    This October, the Air Force Culture and Language Center and Air University hosted the second virtual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium. Scholars and practitioners from across the Department of Defense and the LREC community worldwide came together online to share ideas.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Brian Reed

    “The Language Enabled Airman Program helped reinforce my perspective on just how important it is for United States and Japanese military forces to be able to effectively work together on a strategic, tactical, and operational level,” Japanese LEAP Scholar Capt. Brian Reed said.
  • LEAP Spotlight: LEAP to Space Force with SMSgt. Adrian Gaxiola

    “LEAP gave me skills and experiences I would have never gained within my AFSC. It also allowed me to serve in a PME role while being an intelligence professional. Currently, my role is to teach NCOA to Airmen and Guardians while helping the USSF stand up its first Enlisted PME Center. In the future, I hope to leverage LEAP to help bring international students to attend United States Space Force Enlisted PME courses. Without LEAP, I would not be working for the USSF today," Spanish LEAP Scholar SMSgt. Adrian Gaxiola said.
  • LEAP Scholars Support FAMEX-21

    For the first time, the United States was designated as the “Nation of Honor” for this year’s Mexican Air Defense Trade Show, known as FAMEX. There to commemorate the moment was a team of Spanish-speaking LEAP Scholars, providing language support for the event through the Air Force Language and Culture Center’s Training Partnership Request.
  • 305 Active Duty Officer and Enlisted Airmen and Space Guardians Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    Following a virtual selection board process this summer, the Air Force Culture and Language Center selected 305 Airmen and Guardians for the Language Enabled Airman Program. The LEAP selection board and AFCLC received 1,175 applications for the 2021 cycle.
  • AFCLC launches updated culture guide app, introduces new educational course with certificate

    Airmen now have at their fingertips the opportunity to receive credit for learning about another country’s culture while simultaneously meeting the chief of staff of the Air Force’s action order to understand the nation’s strategic competitors. This can be achieved by accessing the latest version of the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Air Force Culture Guide app. The director of the AFCLC, Howard Ward, unveiled version 2.0 of the app to a virtual audience on Oct. 15, 2021, the last day of the 2021 Virtual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium.
  • AU LREC Symposium: SECAF Stresses Necessity of Culture and Language Skills for Building Partner Alliances in Strategic Competition

    Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall addressed attendees virtually during the Air Force Culture and Language Center and Air University’s Sixth Annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Symposium on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, thanking Air and Space professionals for continuing to hone their culture and language skills in the pursuit of building alliances and partner capacity in defense of our nation.
  • Enrollment Extended for Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication – 26 October - 2 November

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Community College of the Air Force and the Air Force Culture and Language Center are offering a Distance Learning Course, Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication, providing the knowledge and skills associated with cross-cultural communication in an applied context.
  • What Happens If You Don’t Speak the Language?

    When Maj. Alex Watkins deployed to Turkey, it may not have been Language Enabled Airman Program-oriented, but she used her specialized skill set in ways that could help her redefine her career path.
  • AFCLC Faculty Profile: Dr. Susan Steen

    For Dr. Susan Steen, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Culture and Region Faculty Chair/Division Chief and Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication, her teaching, administrative work, and research have always been deeply interconnected.
  • Building Better Service with Jessica Carroll

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center Team is equipped with experienced and dedicated individuals who ensure that our Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars, Foreign Area Officers, and other military personnel who utilize our services have everything they need to complete each mission. Team members like FAO Planning Coordinator Jessica Carroll help AFCLC to build and embody the true essence of customer service.
  • Ramstein Airmen LEAP into learning new languages

    The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is beneficial to the U.S. Air Force across worldwide relations and for interoperability. U.S. Air Force personnel describe their experiences and perspective of the volunteer-based program at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
  • Training Partnership Request: A Strategic Method for LEAP and FAO Utilization

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program deliberately develops language enabled, cross-cultural service members across the Air Force and Space Force with working-level foreign language proficiency to better support the application of air and space power through strengthening partnerships and interoperability. One innovative pathway available for advanced LEAP Scholars and Foreign Area Officers to support mission success is AFCLC’s Training Partnership Request.
  • LEAP Scholars Support Annual Central American Air Chiefs Conference

    A team of 10 LEAP Scholars supported the annual Air Chiefs Conference hosted by the 12th Air Force, also known as AFSOUTH, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, through the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Training Partnership Request. This annual conference aims to conduct an event with AFSOUTH leadership and the Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders from Central America and the Caribbean. The theme of this year’s conference was "Collaboration in a Post-Pandemic Environment," with emphasis on Humanitarian Assistance Cooperation, Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Joint Operations and Transnational Threats.
  • LEAP: The Critical Link to Mission Success

    Arabic Language Enabled Airman Program Scholar Maj. Zachary Ziegler has been an instrumental member of LEAP, providing outstanding support on several Training Partnership Requests, including a major annual military exercise known as African Lion.
  • LEAP Scholars Keep Communication Channels Open

    A team of 12 service members, 10 of which are Language Enabled Airman Program Scholars, translated 46 pages of Joint Publication 5-0 (Joint Planning) from English into Ukrainian. The publication covers the Joint Planning Process that the U.S. Military is helping the Armed Forces of Ukraine adopt.
  • LEAP Scholar Comes Full Circle on POW/MIA Mission in Vietnam

    Language Enabled Airman Program Scholar and U.S. Space Force Master Sgt. Hanh Le first heard of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in 2016 when she was stationed in Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, interning to a three-year National Security Agency Military Electronic Signals Analyst Program.
  • PAC graduates describe the course as “well worth the time.”

    One of our summer PACs included Brig. Gen. Steven Edwards, Col. George Dietrich and Chief Master Sgt. Heriberto Diaz. They each took a moment to look back at the course to discuss how the information and instruction would assist them in moving forward into their new assignments.
  • Developing Cultural Competence in a New Strategic Hot Spot

    During a visit to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said Alaska is a strategic hot spot for defending the United States. To fulfill the challenge of developing cultural competence of the Arctic region in strategic competition, the Air Force Culture and Language Center leans on research analyst Mr. Luis Rojas. Rojas is helping the Air Force Culture and Language Center enhance Airmen’s knowledge and cultural competence of the arctic region through his compilations of research focusing on the Arctic Region.
  • Personal Experience Plus Professional Training Equals Mission Success with LEAP

    In the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program, Airmen with working-level foreign language proficiency are trained to utilize their language skills in professional settings. While language proficiency is important, cultural competence and regional knowledge are equally vital to the success of a mission. Many LEAP Scholars, like Serbo-Croatian LEAP Scholar Tech Sgt. Nikola Bozic, have had the opportunity to combine their personal experiences with LEAP training to exceed expectations in the field.
  • Enrollment Window Open for Introduction to Culture – 21-27 September

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Community College of the Air Force and the Air Force Culture and Language Center offer a Distance Learning Course, Introduction to Culture, providing the principles of culture in an applied context.
  • LEAP Scholar Works with DPAA in Hungary

    Across the world, 126 service members remain unaccounted for from the Cold War. Hungarian LEAP Scholar 1st Lt Attila Zsigmond provided language support to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Hungary to help recover the remains of these missing service members.
  • LEAP Scholar: “There are a lot more MIAs out there.”

    LEAP Scholar Capt. Panupong Phongpitakvises provided Lao language support to a Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency recovery/excavation mission in Laos. According to DPAA, the remains of more than 1,000 Americans killed in the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to their families for burial with full military honors since 1973.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Colonel Ceir Coral

    “As I go into my 36th year of service in the USAF, I can reflect on my opportunities to utilize my language skills and am fortunate to be a part of the tremendous, force-enabling LEAP; I am excited to see the continual growth in language and culture awareness,” Portuguese Brazilian Language Enabled Airman Program Scholar and Foreign Area Officer Col. Ceir Coral said.
  • LEAP Scholar Supports U.S.- Chile Defense Consultative Commission Event

    On his most recent mission supporting the U.S. – Chile Defense Consultative Commission on Research Development Testing event, Spanish Language Enabled Airman Program Scholar Master Sgt. Jorge Anchundia was praised for his eagerness to accept the mission on short notice and his excellent performance during the event.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj. Julio “Baxter” Arizmendi Laclaustra

    “I first found out about the Language Enabled Airman Program at the Air Force Culture and Language Center while in ROTC when my Detachment Commander and early mentor Lt. Col. Delucca notified me about the opportunity to join the program. I was interested and excited to grow professionally while enhancing my cultural and language abilities. As military officers to one of the most powerful and talented global air forces, we should strive to build partnerships and understanding of our allies and partner countries to ensure synergy and interoperability to effectively defeat our adversaries and retain air, space and cyberspace supremacy."
  • LEAP Spotlight: Special Agent Rory Swafford

    “A firm understanding of cultural nuances is critical for building international partnerships, and LEAP has undoubtedly been a vital cornerstone in greatly expanding my knowledge base,” Special Agent Rory Swafford said.
  • AFCLC, AF Cyber College host cyber LITE training event

    In August 2020, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. wrote in his strategic plan entitled Accelerate Change or Lose, “We must empower our incredible Airmen to solve any problem. We must place value in multicapable and adaptable team builders and courageous problem solvers that demonstrate value in diversity of thought, ingenuity and initiative.” In keeping with Brown’s mandate of “Accelerate Change or Lose,” the Air Force Culture and Language Center is co-hosting a cyber educational event July 20-29, 2021, to take a closer look at cyber operations in today’s era of global strategic competition.
  • LEAP Spotlight:1st Lt. James Kiesewetter

    “A question I’ve often thought about — what does being a part of another culture look and feel like? For me, learning German started when the U.S. Air Force Academy chose what language I would take for one year: German. I fell in love with learning a language, and here I am more than five years later. I have spent about half of my adult life in Germany, studied in Germany, and have wonderful German friends who will be in my life forever.
  • LEAP Spotlight with Maj. Wesley Meredith

    “I joined the Language Enabled Airman Program in 2010 for Swahili, which I learned while growing up and going to school in Kenya. I started with a limited knowledge of Swahili, but through LEAP, I grew my language capabilities. I went on my first Language Intensive Training Event in 2015 to Tanzania. I have been able to go on two more LITEs for Swahili since then, and each time I have returned with an improved proficiency and confidence in the language. Combined with the eMentor courses, LEAP enabled me to maintain and grow my proficiency in Swahili year to year.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Tech. Sgt. Emmanuel Franco-Heredia

    Tech. Sgt. Emmanuel Franco-Heredia completed his master’s degree in Logistics and Transportations in 2018. During that time, he also learned about the Language Enabled Airman Program offered by the Air Force Culture and Language Center.
  • Advanced LEAP Scholars Host Virtual Subject Matter Expert Exchange

    Through the Training Partnership Request program, Spanish Language Enabled Airman Program scholar Master Sgt. Victor Perez recently provided language support to a Search and Rescue Subject Matter Expert Exchange between the U.S. Air Force, the Mexican Air Force, the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA in Spanish), and Integral Aerial Surveillance Systems (SIVA in Spanish). The TPR program allows the Air Force Culture and Language Center to pair advanced LEAP scholars with partner organizations to host advanced Language Intensive Training Events.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Maira Garza

    Language Enabled Airman Program Scholar Capt. Maira Garza is currently providing Spanish language support to the 12th Air Force in Guatemala for a site survey supporting Resolute Sentinel Exercise Related Construction and Humanitarian Assistance Program projects. During this Training Partnership Request, Capt. Garza worked with Guatemalan Emergency Response Agencies, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various Department of Defense representatives.
  • LEAP Scholars and FAOs Support U.S. Army Units in DEFENDER-Europe 21

    DEFENDER-Europe 21 is a large-scale U.S. Army-led exercise designed to build readiness and interoperability between the United States, NATO allies, and partner militaries.
  • LEAP Scholar Helps Bring Home Fallen U.S. Soldiers

    According to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, “from September 1944 to February 1945, soldiers from at least nine U.S. divisions battled German forces in the Hürtgen Forest, a roughly 70 sq. mi. area of wooded, hilly terrain in Germany near the Belgian border. It was one of the U.S. Army's longest battles during World War II and led to more than 24,000 American casualties. The DPAA’s Hürtgen Forest Project has helped lead to the recovery and identification of more than 30 American soldiers previously missing from combat there… more than 160 service members [are] still unaccounted-for from that campaign.”
  • LEAP Scholars and FAOs Support Exercise African Lion 21

    U.S. Africa Command’s Exercise African Lion 21 is a joint, multi-national exercise in Morocco, Tunisia, and Senegal linked to U.S. European Command’s Exercise Defender 21 to counter malign influence in North Africa and increase interoperability.
  • LEAP Spotlight with Capt. Abdulaziz Ali

    “Fostering America’s talents. This is America’s strength; they draw talents from all parts of the population. I’ve heard some variation of this sentiment from several high-ranking officers during exercise SILENT WARRIOR 20 in Garmisch, Germany. Hosted by SOCAFRICA, the Joint-Combined Exercise brought together African Partner Nations and a host of panelists for a weeklong forum to discuss some of the lessons learned, successes, and challenges countering Violent Extremist Organizations on the African continent. APNs could articulate both the logistical challenges, from basic training and equipping, to the complex social, economic, and political factors that contribute to the growth of VEOs. It was a tremendous vignette that demonstrated how we need to collaborate closely with our partners in developing objectives and long-term solutions to shared security threats.
  • 18 LEAP Scholars Selected for FAO

    Congratulations to our Language Enabled Airmen Program Scholars who recently transitioned to the Foreign Area Officer Core Career Field! FAOs are regional experts who operate in unique international, joint, and interagency roles, often with significant interaction with senior military and civilian officials from the United States, allies, and partners. Their regional expertise, education, and professional foreign language competency help build effective relationships, sustaining coalitions and regional stability, security cooperation, and multi-national operations. The Air Force develops a cadre of air-/space-connected FAOs, leveraging their expertise to infuse the Department of the Air Force with internationally-minded officers in the 21st century great power competition.
  • Speaking Air-Forcefully: “I’m a Dot”

    Metaphors can make people into so many different things – objects (little pitchers), animals (night owl) and even agricultural products (apple of your eye). Today’s Air Forceful term is a metaphor in which an individual uses to erase themselves: “I’m a dot.”
  • African Lion 2021 - U.S. Air Force Language Enabled Airmen Program (LEAP)

    U.S. Air Force Language Enabled Airmen Program (LEAP) translator supports a joint United States and Moroccan dental clinic in Tafroute, Morocco June 11, 2021 during African Lion 2021. LEAP is a career-spanning program aimed to sustain and improve Airmen's language and cultural capabilities.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Michelle Cazares

    “My parents are from Mexico, but I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Growing up, my father was very strict about my siblings and me speaking Spanish at home. He felt it was important for us to speak our native language and be educated about our culture.
  • AFCLC Meets NATO AEW&C Force in International Aircrew Cultural Training

    In mid-May, the Air Force Culture and Language Center faculty worked with the NATO AWACS unit at Geilenkirchen on a course to enhance interoperability across a crew force of 17 nations, which the team calls International Aircrew Cultural Training or INTERACT.
  • LEAP Scholars Support Exercise Combined Resolve

    This summer, Language Enabled Airman Program scholars and Foreign Area Officers Lt. Col. Dariusz Wudarzewski, Maj. Mark West, Tech. Sgt. Remigiusz Czelny, and Tech. Sgt. Roza Kowal are providing Polish language support to U.S. Army units for Exercise Combined Resolve and its associated joint exercises in Germany and Poland through the Air Force Culture and Training Center’s Training Partnership Request program.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Staff Sgt. Felix Gomes

    The Language Enabled Airman Program has been a wonderful experience since the start. I was assigned to amazing eMentor instructors for both my 48-hour traditional course and recently the 16-hour advanced course. I learned a lot from both and honed my language skills, which made me more confident.
  • AFCLC, CASI and DLIFLC Host China ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ Training Event

    In keeping with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown’s mandate of “Accelerate Change or Lose,” the Air Force Culture and Language Center is co-hosting the “Belt and Road Initiative” training event June 7-18, 2021, to take a closer look at China’s global economic and political objectives.
  • AU Press Publishes Special Edition of JIPA with AFCLC

    Last October, the Air Force Culture and Language Center hosted the 5th Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium for the first time entirely using a virtual format due to COVID-19 restrictions. The AU LREC Symposium brought together a record-breaking 2,100 attendees for panels and presentations on topics related to the past two decades of global operations that examined U.S. foreign policy as it has been applied around the globe.
  • 95 Cadets Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a virtual selection board process this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Air Force Culture and Language Center selected 95 Cadets for the Language Enabled Airman Program out of 216 applicants. This year marked the second year that candidates were selected for LEAP from a branch other than the U.S. Air Force; five of the LEAP selectees will eventually enter the U.S. Space Force.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Caleb Yee

    “I am a 14N Intel Officer and have been stationed at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, for about three years now. In my first year In Korea, I immediately applied for the Language Enabled Airman Program after hearing how much it would help me during my first assignment.
  • AFCLC Faculty Presents at WPS Symposium

    Dr. Kristin Bashir, Associate Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies, Middle East North Africa (MENA) at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, was an invited speaker at the Women, Peace and Security in Education, Operations, and Institutions Symposium hosted by the U.S. Naval War College in April.
  • AFCLC Faculty Profile: Dr. Jessica Jordan

    “This ‘new normal’ allows us to come up with better ways of doing things, and we should embrace moving forward and being productive,” said Dr. Jessica Jordan, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia).
  • LEAP Spotlight: Lt. Col. Sylvia Kim

    U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Sylvia Kim is a member of a very elite club. She is one of more than 3,000 scholars in the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program. As a lifelong language learner, she instantly knew LEAP was a perfect fit.
  • Congrats to LEAP Scholars Who Transitioned to FAO

    Congratulations to our LEAP Scholars (and the many others) who recently transitioned to the Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Core Career Field! FAOs are regional experts who operate in unique international, joint, and interagency roles, often with significant interaction with senior military and civilian officials from the United States, allies, and partners.
  • ITC and CCC Celebrate More Than a Decade of Higher Learning

    Activist, Baptist minister and civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
  • Application Window for FY21 LEAP Officer and Enlisted Selection Board Open 3 May – 16 July

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) is accepting applications to the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). Regular Active Duty Officer and Enlisted members from the Air Force and Space Force may apply online 3 May through 16 July 2021.
  • AFCLC Releases New Iraq Course

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center recently updated its Iraq course to feature richer content, more user interactions, and optional course material.
  • LEAP Scholars Selected for New Air Force Coaching Culture Facilitator Course

    There’s a difference between being a mentor and being a coach. The U.S. Air Force has a new course designed to inspire Airmen to achieve their personal and professional potential. Two Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airmen Program Scholars, Capt. Mathieu Lefebvre and Master Sgt. Alain Mukendi, are among the first selected to attend this unique course.
  • eMentor Spotlight: Capt. Margarita Balish

    Capt. Margarita Balish has been a Russian LEAP scholar since 2012 and has a cross-training language in Mandarin Chinese. She has completed two Russian Language Intensive Training Events, four Russian eMentors, one Chinese eMentor, and one Spanish eMentor.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Emily Stith

    Capt. Emily Stith is a 38F (Force Support Officer) who has been a Japanese Language Enabled Airman Program scholar since 2016. Her father was a career U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer, and as the story of the military child goes, she was born overseas in Okinawa, Japan. After a short stateside stint, her father was then relocated to Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, where she spent her childhood and adolescence.
  • Prepping for U.N. Missions: AFCLC Faculty Supports the U.S. Military Observer Group

    The United Nations peacekeeping missions are a staple worldwide promoting peacekeeping and stability, and the U.S. Military Observer Group is responsible for training American service members deploying to support those U.N. missions. USMOG is an ideal partner for the Air Force Culture and Language Center, founded at Air University in 2006 to address the Air Force Chief of Staff’s intention to improve Airmen’s cross-cultural competence.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj Regis Zozo

    My Air Force Culture and Language Center training has helped me understand the vital triad effect between the military, government, and the population when it comes to the fight against violent extremism.
  • LEAP Scholar Accepted for Two Prestigious Programs

    Congratulations to Language Enabled Airman Capt. Aaron R. Pilkington upon his acceptance to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Captains Prestigious Ph.D. Program as well as the U.S. Air Force Academy Faculty Pipeline Ph.D. Scholarship, which he accepted.
  • AFCLC Now Offers Transcripts for Language Enabled Servicemembers

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center has incorporated an automated course transcript for servicemembers with an active Language Enabled Development Resource profile. The Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture Transcript documents AFCLC-facilitated LREC courses, such as Language Intensive Training Events, eMentor courses, and Foreign Area Officer In-Region Training.
  • LEAP Scholar Provides Language Support to 2d SFAB

    Arabic LEAP scholar Staff Sgt. Abdullah Azzam is providing language support to the U.S. Army’s 2d Security Force Assistance Brigade in North Africa through the Air Force Culture and Language’s Training Partnership Request program, creating a significant impact to the initial rapport-building phase of U.S. Army Africa operations.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Capt. Byron Muhlenberg

    The Language Enabled Airman Program is an indispensable program that enables our Airmen to expand their cultural understanding and make operational and strategic impacts well beyond their immediate career field. My journey as a LEAP scholar began as a freshman at the U.S. Air Force Academy, but the journey did not start as expected.
  • Vietnamese LEAP Scholars Receive Letters of Appreciation

    Vietnamese LEAP scholars Lt. Col. Thai Le and Master Sgt. Ngoc Hanh Le were recently presented with Letters of Appreciation from former Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett.
  • AFCLC Faculty Teach Intro to American Culture to Incoming International Officers

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian recently taught Squadron Officer School’s incoming class of International Officers via teleconference on the morning of 8 March. Dr. Khachadoorian, the AFCLC’s Professor of Anthropology, offered a light-hearted but informative lesson on American Cultural Patterns. She included a brief introduction to American Communication Patterns based on curricula developed by Dr. Susan Steen, AFCLC’s Professor of Communication.
  • Enrollment Open for Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication – 6-12 April

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Community College of the Air Force and the Air Force Culture and Language Center are offering a Distance Learning Course, Introduction to Cross-Cultural Communication, providing the knowledge and skills associated with cross-cultural communication in an applied context.
  • LEAP Scholars Assist DPAA in Recovery of Remains

    During conflicts, not all of our service members make it home. In Vietnam, 1,245 U.S. service members are still missing. Vietnamese LEAP scholars Maj. Son Nguyen, Maj. Vu Le, and Staff Sgt. Oanh Von Behr are currently providing language support to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency in Vietnam to help recover the remains of these missing service members.
  • AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program: A strategy for improving pilot retention

    In 2016, retired Air Force Chief of Staff General David Goldfein publicly called the United States Air Force’s pilot shortage a crisis. At the time, the Air Force was reportedly short 1,500 pilots. According to reports, the Air Force still needs an estimated 2,100 pilots – and many say that number is steadily growing.
  • Enrollment Window Open for Introduction to Culture – 9-15 March

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Community College of the Air Force and the Air Force Culture and Language Center offers a Distance Learning Course, Introduction to Culture, providing the principles of culture in an applied context.
  • Faculty Profile with Dr. Elizabeth Peifer

    Growing up in Selma, Alabama, Elizabeth Peifer’s earliest views of the world included congenial Southern hospitality mixed with the brutal realities of racial injustice. Living in the seat of the nation’s civil rights movement, she witnessed firsthand cultural exchanges that shaped her career.
  • AFCLC Meets NATO AEW&C Force in International Aircrew Cultural Training

    Recently, the Air Force Culture and Language Center faculty worked with the NATO AWACS unit at Geilenkirchen on a course to enhance interoperability across a crew force of 17 nations, which the team calls International Aircrew Cultural Training or INTERACT.
  • AFCLC Faculty Profile: Dr. Patricia Fogarty

    Dr. Patricia Fogarty, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s assistant professor of cross-cultural relations, is a mystery enthusiast. An avid reader and a fan of any good detective television series, it only makes sense that this anthropologist is fascinated by how and why people do what they do.
  • LEAP Scholars Bridge Interpretation Gap in JIATF-S

    In November 2018, the Joint Interagency Task Force South (JIATF-S) International Affairs Division Chief, U.S. Navy Cmdr. John Picco, found his team in dire need of two qualified translators/interpreters.
  • Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) accepting cadet applications

    The Language Enabled Airman Program is accepting cadet applications now until 5 March.
  • Sharing Your Voice: The Reason We Call You Scholars

    We call members of the Language Enabled Airman Program “scholars” for a reason. A scholar is a person dedicated to lifelong learning…for a purpose. That purpose is to serve others by sharing knowledge to turn darkness into light, as expressed by St. Thomas Aquinas.
  • LEAP Scholars Facilitate Virtual Security Cooperation Engagement Initiative

    This past summer and fall, the Air Force’s Southern Surgeon General’s Office conducted three medical VSCEs (Virtual Security Cooperation Engagements) in support of building partnerships across the Western Hemisphere.
  • Zooming Ahead with Distance Learning

    Throughout October 2020, the Air Force Culture and Language Center piloted an unprecedented learning model: virtual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture sessions for Africa instructed by Language Enabled Airman Program scholars, a foreign area officer, and AFCLC faculty via ZoomGov.
  • SECAF Emphasizes Importance of Language and Culture Skills at AFCLC and AU’s Symposium

    Secretary of the Air Force Barbara Barrett addressed attendees virtually for the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) and Air University’s Fifth Annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (AU LREC) Symposium. During her pre-recorded remarks, Barrett thanked Air and Space professionals for continuing to hone their skills to better the Total Force.
  • Italian LEAP scholars Contribute to Contingency Operations

    Last month, Italian Language Enabled Airman (LEAP) scholar Maj Derreck Monnier led a five-scholar document translation team in support of the USCENTOM Vendor Vetting Branch. LEAP scholars Capt Grazia Castagna, Capt Marco Catanese, Capt Scott Divett, and Capt Stefanie DePriest worked with Maj Monnier to translate a 13-page document from Italian into English.
  • LEAP Scholars Contribute to Safeguarding Gabon’s National Parks

    In 2002, the government of Gabon made history by creating 13 national parks, protecting over 10% of the country’s landmass. In turn, Gabon’s National Agency for National Parks (ANPN) was created in order to manage the national parks, protecting the wildlife and environment, and increasing appreciation for the parks through conservation tourism.
  • AFCLC and Air University’s first virtual LREC Symposium draws thousands of people

    Once a year, hundreds of people travel to Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Alabama for the Air Force Culture and Language Center and Air University’s annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (AU LREC) Symposium. Scholars and practitioners from across the Department of Defense (DoD) and the LREC community come together to meet, greet, and share ideas.
  • A Conversation with AFCLC’s New Senior LEAP Scholar – Col Antonio Delgado

    Following the retirement of Maj Gen Patrick Higby in September 2020, Col Antonio Delgado became the highest-ranking officer in the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP), part of the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC).
  • LEAP Scholars on the Front Lines with COVID-19

    Each year, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) track and investigate millions of cases of illnesses across the world. In late 2019, a novel coronavirus appeared in China, which had never been seen before and quickly blanketed the country. Epidemiologists conducted field investigations to learn as much as possible about the new virus, especially where it came from, its communicability, and its lethality.
  • 304 Active Duty Airmen and Space Professionals Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    Following a virtual selection board process this summer, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) selected 304 Airmen for the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). The Active Duty selection board and AFCLC received 680 applications for the 2020 cycle.
  • LEAP Officer and Enlisted Selectees to be Announced via PSDM on 8 October

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) virtually hosted the 2020 Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) Officer and Enlisted Selection Boards, 18-21 August 2020.
  • VIDEO: We are AFCLC

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen, and provides the Service with the subject matter expertise required to institutionalize these efforts.
  • Enrollment Window Open for Introduction to Culture – 22-28 September

    In response to the Department of Defense and Air Force guidance to provide cultural education and awareness to the enlisted corps, the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) are offering a Distance Learning Course, Introduction to Culture, providing the principles of culture in an applied context.
  • AFCLC Faculty Profile: Dr. Kristin Hissong

    When you first meet Dr. Kristin Hissong, you learn very quickly not to judge the book by the cover. Her voice is friendly and disarming. She’s engaging and quickly draws you into a conversation on every level.
  • Visiting and Learning from Africa’s Expeditionary Air Bases

    Standing in the Grand Mosque of Agadez in Niger, Dr. Scott Edmondson knew this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Africa) had been to Africa many times but admitted he’s never seen Niger like this.
  • AFCLC’s Faculty Teaching Courses Virtually at Air War College for 2021 Academic Year

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s (AFCLC) faculty Dr. Kristin Hissong, Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian, and Dr. Susan Steen, are preparing to teach electives at Air War College for the upcoming academic year, but this time, they will be meeting with their students virtually.
  • LEAP Duo: The Assignment of a Lifetime

    Long before they were captains in the Air Force, Wayne Mowery and Shaharazad Purvis were in high school when they met and fell in love.
  • Several Speakers Confirmed for Virtual AU LREC Symposium

    This year, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University is gearing up to host its Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium (AU LREC).
  • A Conversation with AFCLC’s Senior LEAP Scholar – Maj Gen Patrick Higby

    During its 10-year history, the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s (AFCLC) Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) has produced thousands of LEAP scholars utilized in exercises around the world.
  • AFCLC Faculty Advise Award-Winning AWC and ACSC students

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s (AFCLC) faculty members are not only experts in their respective fields of study, but they also teach a variety of courses at the Air War College (AWC) and the Air Command and Staff College (ACSC). Most recently, three of AFCLC’s faculty members advised students writing award-winning Professional Studies Papers (PSPs).
  • LEAP Scholars Answer the Call

    In early June, defense and public-security leaders from 13 Caribbean nations and four territories participated in the 2020 Caribbean Security Conference (CANSEC), which was hosted virtually for the first time by U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). This year’s CANSEC focused on regional mechanisms to mitigate the impact of disasters in a COVID-19 environment.
  • When You Know You’re Right Where You’re Supposed to Be

    It should have been an uneventful flight. Washington, DC, to Brussels, Belgium, to Kigali, Rwanda, where Maj Ryan Hess would begin the first leg of his in-region training in Africa. “I think I have a trump card for one of the worst travel stories of all time,” Hess laughed. “Anytime someone says they have a bad-travel story, they have no idea!”
  • Fifth Annual AU LREC Symposium Goes Virtual

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University is gearing up to host its Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium (AU LREC) 14-16 October with one change…the event will be VIRTUAL!
  • 95 Cadets Selected for AFCLC’s Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a virtual selection board process this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) selected 95 Airmen for the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) out of 208 applicants. This year also marked the first year candidates were selected for LEAP from a branch other than the United States Air Force; seven of the LEAP selectees will eventually enter the United States Space Force.
  • VIDEO: Language Sustainment Resources and Tips from AFCLC and DLIFLC

    VIDEO: Language Sustainment Resources and Tips from AFCLC and DLIFLC
  • Facing the Future with Perpetual Optimism

    One of 2nd Lt Stephenie Reid’s favorite quotes is from retired U.S. Army Gen. Colin Powell: “Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” According to Reid, “it encourages me to stay positive. I always try to remember the importance of having positivity and enthusiasm with others and oneself, especially when it comes to any language acquisition journey because it’s a lifelong endeavor that revolves around constant improvement.”
  • LEAP to FAO: Giving More than What’s Expected

    The Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program deliberately develops Airmen for work in international affairs by facilitating language, regional knowledge, and culture courses.
  • AFCLC Adds New eMentor Courses for Wolof and Twi Languages

    In March 2020, Gen Stephen Townsend, Commander, U.S. Africa Command, commented that “a secure and stable Africa remains an enduring American interest…I believe in Africa building partner capacity and counterterrorism efforts or counter VEO (Violent Extremist Organization) efforts are a way we do global or great power competition in Africa because that is what our partners are hungry for.”
  • Speaking Air Forcefully: REBLUE

    The Air Force is blue – a crisp, bright lapis. If an Airman’s blue hue fades a bit or gets “rusty” from too much time in a joint assignment, it is recommended that they reconnect with their Air Force community and their identity as an Airman. They must, like a weapon that has lost its protective oxidation, “reblue.”
  • Making the Grade: What Makes eMentor and LITES Essential to LEAP?

    The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is one of the cornerstones of the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC). More than a decade after implementing the concept of deliberately developing language-enabled, cross-cultural Airmen across the General Purpose Force, AFCLC continues to navigate outside the box for challenging educational opportunities and training situations for today’s Airman.
  • The Air Force Culture and Language Center’s LEADeR data system available on commercial and military networks

    As thousands of service members and Department of Defense employees telework amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Force Culture and Language Center is making one its site more accessible across all networks.
  • Metacognition, Professional Military Education and AFCLC

    In a peer-reviewed article recently published in Army University Press’ Journal of Military Learning (JML), the Air Force Culture and Language Center professors Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian and Dr. Susan Steen shared their research on metacognition.
  • LEAP Active Duty Application Window Opens 1 May

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) is accepting applications to the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). Regular Active Duty officer and enlisted members may apply online 1 May thru 15 July 2020 at https://leader.sso.cce.af.mil.
  • AFCLC Remains Innovative and Vigilant Amid Pandemic Concerns

    What began as a course set to take place at the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University, the Pre-Assignment Acculturation Course (PAC), could quickly have fallen through the cracks as concerns continue to grow about the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • ‘Mahalo LEAP’

    If you were to ask the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Director, Mr. Howard Ward what would be one of his top three ingredients to making a great LEAP scholar, one guaranteed answer would be energy and Major Charlynne “Char” McGinnis has plenty of it.
  • "The Air Force Starts Here" podcast features the Language Enabled Airman Program

    A deep dive inside the Language Enabled Airman Program is the focus of the latest episode of "The Air Force Starts Here," released Feb. 11, 2020.
  • Speaking Air-Forcefully: Defining “Cage / Re-Cage”

    When you finished getting spun up on gyroscopes and Air Force slang, you probably thought, “This information really re-caged my assumptions!” Actually, unless you’re in the Air Force, especially in the flying business, you are unlikely to use the word “re-cage.” The first time I heard this highly evocative term, it was said enthusiastically and positively. Yet, for me, it immediately conjured a dramatic and negative mental image of a cartoonish Mr. Hyde figure, enraged and bursting from his Victorian suit, top hat dented and cravat askew, shrinking down into his normal, placid Dr. Jekyll self.
  • Language enabled Airmen bridge cultures at OCEAN SKY 19

    U.S. Airmen assigned to the 493rd Fighter Squadron "Grim Reapers" arrived at Gando Air Base Oct. 18, 2019 to support the Spanish-led air-to-air combat training exercise, OCEAN SKY 19. The goal of the training is to enhance combat readiness and improve interoperability among allied air forces.
  • When Busy Schedules Get in the Way

    Finding an educational program with flexibility to wait for an applicant is nearly impossible, according to Capt. Huston Matheus. So imagine his surprise when he discovered the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program would wait for him and his busy schedule?
  • AFCLC’s Bangladesh 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 month, Bangladesh has been added to the Center’s growing collection of field guides.
  • LEAP Scholars Forge New Ground during SOUTHAM Conference

    The Language Enabled Airmen Program develops foreign language and cross-cultural skills in Airmen who can better support the application of airpower through strengthening partnerships and interoperability.
  • 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.
  • Speaking Air Force-fully

    When I began working for the Air Force Culture and Language Center as a Subject Matter Expert in Culture (aka SME, pronounced like Capt Hook’s clownish pirate boatswain), I recognized that I was immersing myself in a culture that was fairly new to me – that of the United States Air Force. I quickly came to realize that there are many cultural assumptions in the Air Force that I was not aware of. Even now, years later, I am still occasionally caught off guard by a disconnect between my own cultural assumptions, and those of the larger Air Force. That’s when I learn something new about Air Force culture.
  • Taking the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI): A Vital Readiness Indicator

    LEAP Scholars, I want to talk to you about an important topic that deals with turning your LEAP education into a more precise measurement of military readiness—the OPI. The OPI provides data that offers planners a more refined picture of “right airman, right skill, right place, right time” when filling billets requiring LREC skills or contingencies where those skills add incredible value.
  • AFCLC selects 149 cadets for the Language Enabled Airman Program

    After a rigorous selection board process, the Air Force Culture and Language Center has selected 149 new cadets for the Language Enabled Airman Program. Participation in LEAP is voluntary and to become a LEAP scholar, Airmen must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language specified on the Air Force Strategic Language List, receive endorsement from their unit commander, and compete via a board process. Selection to LEAP is based on applicants’ existing language proficiency, potential to achieve higher levels of language proficiency, and Air Force language requirements.
  • Air University and AFCLC hosted the fourth annual AU LREC Symposium

    Air University’s Air Force Culture and Language Center welcomed more than 300 participants to the fourth annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture Symposium here, from March 27 – 29. This year’s theme was “inter {culture} operability”, which was taken from the 2018 National Defense Strategy to focus on strengthening alliances and attracting new partners.
  • AFCLC celebrates Women’s History Month

    Historically, women have played a major role in shaping our nation’s narrative. Some women have served as vocal activists in many major movements; other women have worked quietly behind the scenes to battle oppression and injustices. This March, the Air Force Culture and Language Center celebrates all of these accomplishments for Women’s History Month. AFCLC pays homage to the wives, mothers, professors, service members, and pioneers who are making the world a better place.
  • CULTURAL KSAs: Skill Development Using the OODA Loop

    The AFCLC specializes in developing Airmen’s knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) in various languages, in specific cultures, and in general cultural competence. We often call the latter “cross-cultural competence.” Cross-cultural competence, or “3C”, is “the ability to quickly and accurately comprehend, then effectively act in a culturally complex environment to achieve the desired effect, without necessarily having prior exposure to a particular group, region, or language.” 3C combines all the cultural KSAs you build over time into one idea.
  • Five reasons you should attend Air University’s Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium

    From interactive panels to the in-depth cultural discussions, Air University’s annual Language, Regional Expertise, and Culture (LREC) Symposium sets the tone for the future of LREC and the Air Force. Each year, some of the biggest names in the LREC community gather at Maxwell Air Force Base to share their research and ideas.
  • Three Central American countries added to AFCLC’s field guide inventory

    Culture-packed, pocket-sized, and free to the public, the Air Force Culture and Language Center at Air University continues to expand its Expeditionary Culture Field Guides inventory. This year, three Central American countries have been added to the repertoire: El Salvador, Belize and Guatemala.
  • LEAP: Improving my language skills at ISOS

    The purpose of the Inter-American Squadron Officer School (ISOS) is to cultivate those leadership qualities expected in superior ranks. The course mirrors Squadron Officer School (SOS) at Maxwell Air Force Base, but taught entirely in Spanish alongside officers from our Latin American partners.
  • The Air Force Culture and Language Center, the FAOs, and the Future

    The Foreign Area Officer (FAO) Program deliberately develops Airmen with expertise in international affairs by facilitating language, regional expertise and culture courses. The Air Force Culture and Language Center has a similar mission, and for years now has been a critical contributor to the program.
  • Language Enabled Airman Program accepting cadet applications

    The Language Enabled Airman Program is accepting cadet applications now until March 15. Those intending to submit applications must apply online by visiting www.airuniversity.af.edu/AFCLC.
  • Register now for Air University’s 4th annual LREC Symposium!

    Registration is now open for Air University’s 4th annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium.
  • The Air Force Culture and Language Center debuts new website

    On November 29, the Air Force Culture and Language Center debuted its new website which is now hosted by the American Forces Public Information Management System (AFPIMS). The Center currently maintains its culture.af.mil URL. The change comes as AFCLC moves to reorganize its content and align with other Department of Defense public websites, including Air University’s website. The Center’s IT Department worked diligently to ensure a smooth transition.
  • Airman returns to home country Bulgaria for joint exercise

    May was a memorable month for U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Svetlana Alviar. She celebrated more than a decade of service, embraced a new promotion, and returned to her home country, Bulgaria, for a joint exercise. “I just hit my 11-year mark in the Air Force and I was able to return to Bulgaria and work with the Bulgarian and Romanian Air Forces,” Alviar said. “It’s been a great experience and I really look forward to what’s to come”.
  • Call for proposals: Take part in Air University’s LREC Symposium!

    The Air Force Culture and Language Center is seeking presenters and proposals for Air University’s 4th annual Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) symposium. The symposium provides a platform for academic exchange on topics specific to culture and language education in the military. This year, AFCLC will be addressing/exploring the theme of "Inter{cultural}operability".
  • LEAP Perspective: Returning home to Kenya

    Staring into the eyes of more than a dozen children at Mogra Children’s Centre and orphanage, Second Lieutenant Levi Mburu realized his life had come full circle---from Kenya to the United States and back to his homeland again. Once a young Kenyan boy, he was now a man and was at the orphanage representing the United States Air Force. As a respected officer, he wanted to use his story to make a lasting impression; shaping children who looked like him, who grew up in his hometown, and who had dreams beyond the city of Nairobi.
  • Diversity Summit 2018: Embracing diversity in the military

    Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian is a self-described “unicorn” in the Department of Defense. An anthropologist with knowledge on indigenous and tribal cultures, she has been called upon by the Air Force years ago to use her expertise at the Air Force Culture and Language Center at Air University.
  • Making Hay While the Sun Shines

    Recently, I read a story in BBC’s travel section by an English woman who had moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Not long after she arrived, she was invited to a party at the home of a new friend, and on the appointed evening showed up on her friend’s doorstep a few minutes after the party was scheduled to begin. When the door opened she was surprised to be greeted by her slightly annoyed hostess, wrapped in a towel and dripping from her recent shower, pointing to the festive food still stacked in bags and making it clear that she wasn’t ready yet — neither the host nor the house was “party-prepared.”
  • WSJ salutes Air Force Culture and Language Center’s mobile field guides, app

    Titled “Six Indispensable Apps for Business Travelers,” a recent Wall Street Journal article describes the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s app as a “must have” for globe-trotters seeking worldly etiquette.
  • LEAP Spotlight: 1st Lt Gorge Hernandez-Rodriguez

    When 1st Lieutenant Gorge Hernandez-Rodriguez enlisted in 2008, he was living in Puerto Rico, struggling financially, and looking for a way to support himself through college. Rodriguez knew the Air Force would afford him those opportunities, but he had no idea that his commitment and his language skills would help him grow both professionally and personally.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj. Reni Angelova

    The Language Enabled Airman Program, or LEAP, is a career-spanning program designed to identify, develop, and sustain America's foreign language and cultural capabilities to cultivate cross-culturally competent leaders who can meet Air Force global mission requirements. In this feature, LEAP participant Capt Reni Angelova assists joint exercises between the US Army and Bulgarian forces.
  • The role language and culture played in the dramatic Thai cave rescue

    When the final child was pulled from the cave in Thailand, the crowd cheered, and the rescuers let out a deep sigh of relief. It was a non-verbal cue that was clear in every language: this terrifying ordeal was over.
  • Public Affairs, the Peruvian Air Force, and Partnerships

    “I remember growing up in Minnesota and watching my dad and my brother”. It was within the walls of her family’s kitchen where 2nd Lieutenant Madeline Krpan’s desire to join the Air Force was awakened at a young age. Her father’s vivid tales of life in the Army combined with her brother’s experience in the Air Force served as inspiration for Krpan early on.
  • CMSAF Wright on the Air Force Culture and Language Center: ‘This is a great opportunity’

    Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright listened intently as the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Director Howard Ward shared the Center’s mission and vision with the audience during this year’s Senior Enlisted Leader International Summit (SELIS).
  • Get to know: Air Force Times’ Airman of the Year and LEAP Scholar Capt Gluck

    Air Force Captain Julian Gluck has a few copies of the Air Force Times at his home that he has been giving to family. The newspapers and a large wooden American flag serve as keepsakes for the B-52 long-range bomber pilot who has been named the publication’s Airman of the Year. At just 27-years-old, Capt Gluck is being recognized for his community service, his devotion to country, and his commitment to the Language Enabled Airman Program.
  • Alliances, language, and culture converge at BPACS

    Civilians, air advisors, operators and Airmen from various fields and backgrounds are all making their way to Florida for the Spanish Building Partnership Aviation Capacity Seminar (BPACS). The two-week course is a collaborative effort to bring aviation-minded partner nations together to work to create a shared, practical vision for the nations’ national security.
  • Weather and Culture: The forecast for a great Air Force partnership

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Zachary Kelly’s model data, meteorology abilities, and geography skills are some of the most important tools in the Air Force forecaster’s armory. For four years, his weather knowledge served as a guiding light for pilots at Yokota Air Base in Japan. Combining his military experience with his scientific and language expertise, each one of SSgt Kelly’s calculations ensured the safety of his fellow Airmen.
  • After meeting at AU’s LREC symposium, Airman and researchers use language skills to impact international security analysis

    655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Reserve Citizen Airman Tech. Sgt. Clark (first name withheld), an analyst with the 49th Intelligence Squadron, is impacting an international security analysis program. Clark is combining deep linguistic expertise with cutting-edge data science to build a Ukrainian-English urban phrase “exonym” dictionary for the Coalition for Open-Source Defense Analysis (CODA) to use in creating an algorithm to predict the outbreak of radicalized violence in Ukraine.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Air University Commander visits the Air Force Culture and Language Center

    Air University President and Commander Lieutenant General Anthony Cotton visited the Air Force Culture and Language Center Wednesday morning. During a briefing, he described the center’s work as “very beneficial”. “I didn’t even realize how many countries we are associated with,” Cotton said, “this is very exciting”.
  • Get to know: AFCLC Asia Pacific Expert Dr. Jessica Jordan

    Dr. Jessica Jordan has a Ph.D. in History (Modern Japan) from the University of California, San Diego. She speaks Japanese fluently and is currently serving as the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Assistant Professor of Regional Cultural Studies for Asia. Her deeply rooted knowledge is helping to educate men and women of the Air Force and shape the future of Air Power.
  • ‘Surreal’: Air Force Major relies on military, language training in aircraft crash rescue

    One minute, you’re having a well-deserved beer after a long hike. The next minute, all hell breaks loose, and you find yourself in the middle of a dangerous crisis. How do you react? What do you know that could be the difference between life and death? Military training was key for Maj. Braden Coleman, a C-17 pilot currently in training at the Joint Military Attaché School in Washington, DC. Braden is a Foreign Area Officer, which means he spent 47 weeks at the Defense Language School in Monterey, Calif., learning Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, and honing his cross-cultural skills. The culmination of his training was a cultural immersion in South Asia in 2017. He was sent overseas to visit several countries, practice his language abilities, and “get the lay of the land,” he said.
  • From Montgomery to Romania and Moldova: Air War College courses take students around the world

    The temperature was a bitter 16 degrees, ice coated the roads, and snow had just begun to fall when Dr. Tricia Fogarty and her Air War College students arrived in Romania back in February.
  • Thinking in Chinese – Staff Sergeant finds meaning beyond words through LEAP

    “Do you understand me?” is a question often asked when people who speak two different languages meet. The question of understanding goes deeper than just the meaning of words, though – according to one Language Enabled Airman Program participant, language skills are only part of the equation. To truly understand what is said in these conversations, cultural competence is the key, and that’s something she’s gained as a participant in LEAP.
  • Francophone Captain shines in Africa

    With time spent in more than 13 African countries, Capt. Megan Gallagher is not your typical U.S. Air Force officer. As part of the 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron, Gallagher spends about half her time traveling from her home station at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to various locations across Africa, helping partner nations in almost every capacity associated with building strong aviation enterprises.
  • More than words: Different languages also means different ways of communicating. This Air Force staff sergeant is excelling at the challenge

    If you are a staff sergeant working in food service in the U.S. Air Force, a “by-name” request for your support from the Service’s top non-commissioned officer is notable and rare event — but that’s just what happened to Staff Sgt. Jason Sugimoto, a participant in the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program. LEAP is a career-spanning program to sustain, enhance and use the existing language skills of Airmen. The objective of LEAP is to develop cross-culturally competent leaders across all Air Force specialties with working-level foreign language proficiency.
  • LEAP: Captain finds use for Russian in Syria

    Over the last decade, the dynamic and multicultural nature of combat operations demonstrated a critical Air Force need to develop Airmen who not only know their job, but are culturally aware and language capable. The Air Force Culture and Language Center stood up the Language Enabled Airman Program to advance this cause, and today this program “sustains, enhances and utilizes the existing language skills and talents of Airmen” across the total force.
  • Speaking the lingo: Ethiopia BPC

    Amharic is not a widespread language, but it is spoken by the 100+ million inhabitants of Ethiopia. This country in Africa is one of the few to have resisted colonization and has a proud heritage and culture.
  • LEAP Spotlight: Maj Charlynne McGinnis

    “Thanks to LEAP, I felt confident conversing in Filipino when we met up with Philippine key leaders at the US Ambassador's house and discussed political and military concerns shared by both countries. Highlight of the night was former President Fidel Ramos unexpectedly showing up!”
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