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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"Efforts to train the Afghan and later the Iraqi security forces were not an institutional priority within the military services -- where such assignments were not considered career enhancing for ambitious young officers -- and relied heavily on contractors and reservists. More recently, the advisory missions in both the Afghan and Iraq campaigns have received the attention they deserve in leadership, resources and personnel."

- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, emphasized that the U.S. military's recognition of the value of building local security forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, represents a significant transformation since the U.S.-led wars began there.

Gates calls for building foreign troops’ capacity

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"As I see it, the purpose of life is to enjoy life. If you consume yourself with the task at hand, when you get old like me, you suddenly realize there were things in life you could have enjoyed, but didn't. So I enjoyed life, because at the time when I was in Vietnam, I was not assured of tomorrow."

-Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Sammy L. Davis, at National Guard Armory in Bedford, Ind. U.S. Army, encouraging his fellow Soldiers to make the most of their deployment and not to reflect on its negative aspects

Guardsmen meet Medal of Honor recipient

CALENDAR

February 2010

African American History Month See Web site: African Americans in the U.S. Army

Feb. 12-28: XXI Olympic Winter Games, British Columbia, Canada - See U.S. Army Olympians Web site

Feb. 22- Mar. 1: Military Saves Week (See Military Saves Web site)

Feb. 24- 26: AUSA Winter Symposium

March 2010

Women’s History Month
Brain Injury Awareness Month


Mar. 18: Army Day

Mar. 25: Medal of Honor Day (See U.S. Army Medal of Honor Web site)

PROFESSIONAL WRITING

Army Professional Writing

TODAY'S FOCUS

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center Opens New Afghan Languages Portal

What is it?

The "Afghan Languages Portal" is a one-stop-shop for troops deploying or already located in Afghanistan. The site is designed to easily identify all Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)- produced Dari and Pashto language products available for download or order. The portal is accessible at Defense Language Institute

Since 9/11, DLIFLC has created Language Survival Kits and other language and cultural familiarization products for ongoing and potential overseas contingency operations. Through the new portal, Afghanistan-bound servicemembers will find basic language guides for Dari and Pashto, HeadStart programs with 80-100 hours of instruction in these languages, and training material for linguists with higher proficiency levels. Since 2002, DLIFLC has sent more than one million basic language and cultural familiarization training packets to deploying servicemembers.

What has the Army done?

DLIFLC opened the Afghanistan languages portal in response to a Jan. 24 memo sent by Gen. Stanley McChrystal, setting out his emphasis on language skills for brigade combat teams preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. McChrystal announced that he is requiring all troops to learn at least 200 words of Dari or Pashto and at least one Soldier per platoon is required to study the language intensively.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center has also responded to the Department of Defense's growing need for language training by planning the opening of a new language training detachment at Fort Campbell, Ky., with additional detachments planned for Fort Carson, Colo., and Fort Drum, N.Y.

Because commanders cannot afford to send large numbers of Soldiers to resident training at DLIFLC's home base, Presidio of Monterey, Calif., these detachment sites will serve as "micro-DLIs" where troops receive on-site language training from DLI instructors and through robust distance learning. Additional language training detachment openings will be announced in the near future.

For bases without a permanent DLIFLC language training detachment, units can request language and culture mobile training teams. To schedule a mobile training team, email Mrs. Linda G. Villarreal.

Why is this important to the Army?

Without this crucial training, units could lack valuable rapport-building skills or miss important information about the situation in their area of operation. The language and culture training that DLIFLC provides can be a force multiplier in developing partnerships and fighting insurgency.

Resources:

DLIFLC Afghan Languages Portal

DLIFLC Language Resources Site

DLIFLC Language Materials Distribution System

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