By Mrs. Natela Cutter (TRADOC)September 11, 2009
Twenty-four Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center
Persian Farsi language students spent four days training and teaching 4th
Battalion of the 104th Division Army Reserve Soldiers cultural
negotiation skills from Aug. 28 to Sept. 1 at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to work with DLIFLC to
enrich our training and to develop more realistic scenarios for our Civil
Affairs and Psychological Operations students," said the 4th/104th Executive
Officer, Maj. Scott Swanson.
The 4th/104th Division, from Moffett Airfield in Mountainview,
Calif., used DLIFLC foreign language students and instructors for the first
time to conduct their capstone Field Training Exercise that involved 223
Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Soldiers.
Brig. Gen. Patricia Heritsch, Commander of the Army Reserve 100th Training Division, was
present at the "Sadr City" MOUT Site and observed the cultural and
linguistic interaction between DLIFLC students and Soldiers.
"I just want to take a minute to thank the people from DLI, and all
of the instructors and students that came out here and supported our
exercise. It added an incredible degree of realism to our Civil Affairs and
Psychological Operations training for new Soldiers coming into the field,
and it will absolutely impact their ability to do their job in the theatre,"
Also present were DLIFLC Commandant, Col. Sue Ann Sandusky, Col.
Wayne Tasler, Commander, 7th Psychological Operations Group, Lt. Col.
Timothy Kohn, commander 4th/104th Battalion (CA/PO), and Lt. Col. Gary Law,
commander 5th/95th Battalion (CA/PO).
"Our battalion looks forward to actively coordinating with DLI to
bring value to language students in a tactical environment," added Swanson.