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International Salute to Fiesta San Antonio!
Fifty-eight Nations March as One in Fiesta Flambeau Parade

Deputy Commandant of the Defense Language Institute English Learning Center retires after a remarkable 30 years military service.
Col. Jeffrey Cooper, DLIELC commandant, and senior students from Egypt, Mongolia, and Indonesia lead the 102 member international student flag formation flight past the Alamo Plaza grandstand and crowds during the San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau parade on April 23.
Photo By Spencer Berry

By Col Jeff Cooper, USAF Commandant, Defense Language Institute English Language Center

In what is growing into a San Antonio tradition, 102 military service members representing 58 countries around the world, from Nigeria to Afghanistan to Ukraine, marched with their national flags in Fiesta Flambeau, the largest illuminated night parade in the nation, during Fiesta San Antonio, 2016. The 2.6 mile twilight tromp through downtown San Antonio is a voluntary cultural enrichment event for the students, who are on temporary duty in San Antonio by invitation of the US Department of Defense. They participate to experience Fiesta and to feel the warm embrace of the people of Military City first-hand.

The Fiesta Flambeau Parade never disappoints. The international parade-marchers had many wonderful impressions to relay to their fellow students and countrymen about Fiesta Flambeau, San Antonians, and the USA in general. One student, Captain Tangara from Mali, said, “I really appreciated when thousands of people told me, ‘thank you for your service.” Lieutenant Hong from Cambodia remarked, “Everyone in the crowd was cheering for us while we marched and I found it an inspiration; even though we were tired, the cheers and the warm welcome made us energetic. I hope to be a part of this again.” Another student, Major Gautam from Nepal, observed, “I am really amazed with the sense of respect and gratitude of US citizens toward the military men and women. I thought it was an outstanding event and I thoroughly enjoyed the parade.” Sergeant Ucan from Turkey added, “It was amazing to participate, I felt like a pop star. It was unbelievable to see people thanking us for our service.”

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DLIELC deputy commandant retires after a remarkable 30-year military service.

Deputy Commandant of the Defense Language Institute English Learning Center retires after a remarkable 30 years military service.
Lt. Col. Jeffery Steffen, former deputy commander of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, receives a certificate of appreciation from Col. Jeffery Cooper, DLIELC commandant and 673th Training Group commander during Steffen's retirement ceremony Jan. 30, 2016. Steffen returned to DLIELC soon after his military retirement to become an English instructor.
Photo By 2nd Lt. Nadejda Mocan

Commentary by 2Lt Nadejda Mocan
22nd Peacekeeping Battalion


The retirement ceremony of Lt. Col. Jeffery D. Steffen, deputy commander, Defense Language Institute English Language Center and commander of the associated U.S. Army element, took place Jan. 30,  after a remarkable 30-year military career.

The day before, Steffen pleasantly offered one of DLI's international students the opportunity to make a flashback on his career and interview him. From the very first moment, I could tell that he was truly dedicated to his profession and served his country and its people with dignity. Even the purpose that got him in the army was noble. "I believed it is important that some choose to serve so that others have a choice not to. Some countries still have mandatory military service and it is important for people to volunteer so that others don't have to," said Steffen.

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Presenters share unique "Diversity of Cultures" at the DLI Holiday Social

Diversity of Cultures
International students studying English at the Defense Language Institute's Advanced English training take on the challenge of presenting 'Diversity of Cultures' to an audience of over 500 at the annual Holiday Social.
Photo By Spencer Berry, DLI Public Affairs

By Annette D. Janetzke
Public Affairs, DLI

This year the DLI AMIGO Holiday Reception had something new. Five volunteers presented a theme of "Diversity of Cultures." They explained celebration of a special holiday in their country. The present-ers began with music relating to their culture and slides depicting the celebration as they talked.

The first presenter was 2nd Lt. Ratana Serey from Cambodia. She presented Hindu celebration of Khmer (meaning enter New Year) which lasts for three days in the middle of April. The first day they celebrate, "Old Year Gone, New Year Here," by welcoming the new angel with prayer, food, and decorations. The second date is the, "Day of Giving," when children give money and clothing to adults. The third day is called the, "New Beginning," when they go to the Temple or Pagoda to pray and receive blessings from the monks. During this time they clean the Buddha statue and their elders with perfumed water. This action washes away the bad (sins) and brings good luck, happiness and prosperity.

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DLIELC unveils Wall Of Fame inductees

Key Stakeholders Meeting
After the induction of 8 Wall Of Fame Alumni, Colonel Jeffrey Cooper, Commandant for DLIELC, presents the Challenge Coin to the participating Alumni, Lt Gen (Ret) Keijiro Hata, Vice Commander of the Japanese Air Defense Command.
Photo By SrA Westin Warburton

By Senior Airman Warburton
JBSA-Lackland, TX

The DLIELC unveiled their wall of fame inductees Aug. 21, at the DLIELC on JBSA Lackland.
“In the 61 years since DLI’s English Language Center has been established, there have been many students who have made significant contributions in their countries and in developing positive relationships between the United States and their nations,” said Col. Jeffrey Cooper, DLIELC Commandant and 637th Training Group Commander.
“We honor today not only those graduates who continue to succeed throughout the world in their careers but also those graduates who have given their lives in the line of duty,” Cooper said.
Although some of the alumni have long retired from military or civilian service, many still serve their countries in high level military leadership positions, as advisors to the countries’ armed services or in leadership positions within their countries.
DLIELC honors these alumni by sharing their name, photo, country, and highest rank/level achieved in support of their countries, on the wall of fame in the main hallway at the DLIELC.
“We believe this wall of fame will continue to serve as inspiration for current students as they progress in their studies and inspire them to serve honorably in their nation’s services after they graduate,” said Cooper.

Wall Of Fame video of Col Cooper here
Wall Of Fame video of Lt Gen Hata here

Key stakeholders meet at English Language Program Working Group

Key Stakeholders Meeting
Fansz, DLI key personnel, and personnel from DSCA, the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, AETC, AFSAT, SATFA, and NETSAFA gathered in the DLI Conference Center to conduct an English Language Program Working Group.
Photo By Spencer Berry

By LTC Jeffery Steffen
DLI’s Deputy Commandant and Army Element Commander

During the English Language Program Working Group (ELPWG) meeting on February 11, DLIELC’s key stakeholders in the English lan-guage training mission assembled and discussed several important topics. During DLIELC's portion, the organization introduced the Commandant-approved Strategic Plan which will be officially unveiled at the March Commandant's Call. We shared that this plan provides direction in academic, program manage-ment, outreach, and institutional areas. Monitoring the implementation of the plan will be conducted through a series of working groups and boards which will also serve to improve inter-nal accountability. Finally, we suggested that the leaders from the various military departments can assist us by identifying emerging or changing requirements, supporting DLIELC engagement at follow-on training locations, and bringing DLIELC into their initiatives early—we are here to enable their programs.

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AMIGO program turns sponsorship into friendship

Dawna Hollie (left), Ambassador of International Goodwill to Others (AMIGO) program manager, speaks with Jan Hall (center), an AMIGO sponsorship program volunteer, and Lieutenant Aboudou Ganihou Fadikpe (right), a Defense Language Institute English Language Center student at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.
Photo by Spencer Berry

By Airman First Class Justine Rho
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs

The Defense Language Institute English Language Center at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland drives the American Members of International Goodwill to Others, or AMIGO, sponsorship program to create an outlet for students to better learn about American culture and practice the English language.
In creating this channel of communication, between students and volunteer sponsors, both parties mutually benefit in international relations and personable communication.
As provided by the DLIELC web-page, under the U.S. Security Assistance Program, the school’s mission is to teach English to international military members; with tailored courses that address the specific language requirements of those students’ career field. The DLIELC has students from more than 90 different nations at the school at any given time.

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C1150 Holds Graduation for AP29 and Gears up for AP30

Graduation day
Graduation day at Yokosuka, Japan
Photo by Akiko Sugawara

By Helen McDaniel
C1150, Language Training Division Head
Administrative Department

The Defense Language Institute English Language Center’s C1150 is a Language Training Detachment in Yokosuka, Japan.  This summer proved to be quite eventful for this location.  In June, we hosted Katie Larson from the DLIELC, who made a site visit to both Sasebo and Yokosuka.  At about that same time, Bill Porter arrived as a new USCS instructor; he was invaluable throughout the summer as he observed classes, taught as a substitute, and led training on use of the SmartBoard with two other teachers.

July was jammed packed with events, the most significant of which was the graduation of 24 apprentices from the 11-month semi-intensive English course they started in August 2013.  Prior to the awarding of the certificates, the four classes delivered short presentations that they had prepared the last week of class.  They showed pictures of their field trips; they explained certain topics they encountered in the books (automobile engines); they expressed gratitude for guest speakers; and they talked about American cultural events.   It was evident they had become close friends during this special training. 

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International’s from DLIELC participate in the commemoration of LBJ’s birthday

LBJ Birthday Celebration
DLI students take the opportunity to capture a moment in time with, LBJ’s youngest daughter, Luci Johnson.
Photo By Annette D. Janetzke

By Annette D. Janetzke
DLI Public Affairs

Students from the Defense Language Institute English Language Center had the rare opportunity to witness a birthday commemoration ceremony for Lyndon Baines Johnson.  The Field Studies office attended this event with 36 DLI students.  Their reaction was one of appreciation as expressed in their own words.

“As a class, we were invited to attend the birthday commemoration for Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th President of the United States,” said Edite Voitekune from Latvia.   “This visit was an exceptional opportunity and a true treasure for me to meet Johnson’s daughter, Luci, and listen to her impromptu speech encouraging people to learn something new every day.”   “This is my second time at DLI, I had visited LBJ Ranch 7 years ago and I saw many changes to the ranch.”

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Training Army ROTC cadets in Madrid, Spain

Students displaying Certificates.
Spanish parachute brigade students proudly display their English course certificates.
Photo By Nate Wolfson

By Nate Wolfson Supervisor, DLI General English Section

As most people would guess, this three-week MTT from May 31 to June 22 with Army ROTC cadets from various universities around the U.S. was a wonderful experience. Of course, there were a few minor difficulties, one of which I experienced upon arrival as getting to the Parachute Brigade base was an “adventure” on the complicated Spanish highway system. Even though I had just spent 15 hours traveling, I didn’t want to miss one minute of the cultural indoctrination after having dreamt of going to Spain since seventh grade Spanish class. Therefore, I went directly downtown from the base to meet up with the rest of the group, who had arrived the day before. We walked from one end of downtown Madrid to the other, saw some wonderful sights and had “tapas,” the famous Spanish “snacks.” I was so glad I’d decided to go along, but I was dead tired by the end of the day.

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DLIELC celebrates 60 years of
academic excellence

DLI Student displaying banner.
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Balan R. Ayyar, special assistant to the commander, Air Education and Training Command, addresses the audience at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center’s 60th anniversary celebration. Ayyar was the guest speaker for the event.
Photo by Johnny Saldivar

By Airman Justine K. Rho
JBSA-Lackland Public Affairs

The Defense Language Institute English Learning Center commemorated 60 years of dedication to providing world wide English language training May 9 at the school grounds on Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The two-day 60th anniversary celebration included the annual DLIELC International Festival, an anniversary ceremony, the naming of International Hall, the unveiling of the DLIELC Alumni International Wall of Fame and the American Members of International Goodwill to Others picnic.
“This anniversary provides an opportunity to showcase our important mission and celebrate the hard work of our students and faculty,” said Col. Richard D. Anderson, DLIELC commandant. “DLIELC plays an important role in the security cooperation mission for the Department of Defense and the Department of State. Our primary function here is to teach English, but we also expose our students to American culture, values and way of life.”
International students from more than 110 countries enroll in the DLIELC resident training program, Anderson said. Outside of the general English course, they also provide career field specialized courses, train English teachers and provide English language program management courses. The goal of the international festival is to highlight and educate the JBSA community on the significance of the institution while celebrating those who make the mission happen.
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