• Lieutenants at DLIELC first women in Chadian air force to become pilots

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- A journey begins with a single step, but for two lieutenants from the Republic of Chad air force, that first step was more than 7,100 miles from home.
  • DLIELC delivers innovative English Language Training to U.S. Army Trainees

    JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – More than 80 U.S. Army trainees at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, are completing English Language Training (ELT) without interruption thanks to a partnership between the Defense Language English Language Center and the Army post.
  • DLIELC Unveils New Aviation Language Training Center

    On November 6, 2020, DLIELC held a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new DLI Aviation Language Training Center which houses the Watkins Aviation Language Preparation Room and Sirois Aviation Simulation Lab (Sim Lab). This is the first and largest step by DLIELC in a long term plan to renovate the facility with moveable walls and state of the art virtual reality and artificial intelligence technology befitting a world class aviation training center.
  • DLIELC Presents at the Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium

    From 14-16 October 2020, the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University hosted the Fifth Annual Air University Language, Regional Expertise and Culture (LREC) Symposium. This year’s symposium was held on an 100% virtual platform. While this was a change from the meetings of previous years, this did allow for a wider range of speakers and leaders to participate!
  • DLIELC Invited to the AETC Innovation Summit: Virtual Training Teams

    When global COVID-19 cases increased, all units worldwide had to adapt quickly to keep their people safe while carrying out their missions successfully.
  • DLIELC Pilots Virtual Training Team Program with Puerto Rico

    To continue partner nation support across combatant commands and execute the global security cooperation mission admits a global pandemic the Defense Language Institute English Language Center piloted a one-week virtual training team program with Puerto Rico from right here in Military City USA, July 2020. This VTT trail is a virtual version of DLIELCs mobile training team program lead by the International Nonresident Flight, 637th International Support Squadron.
  • Air Force’s inaugural ECHO Flight Airmen share their experiences

    Ten AIrmen were part of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center’s first-ever ECHO Flight beta test, a replica of the U.S. Army ECHO Company program which has been carried out by DLIELC since 1975. ECHO flight’s mission was to provide English-language training and cultural immersion to enable anyone who would like to serve in the Air Force to do so effectively.
  • AMIGOs use time of uncertainty for generosity and support to international military students

    When Dan Vega, Program Manager of our American Members of International Goodwill to Others (AMIGO) called out to sponsors of the AMIGO program to help during the COVID-19 pandemic he was met by overwhelming generosity. Members of the organization were eager to do what they could to support the Defense Language Institute English Language Center
  • DLIELC Field Studies Program shares American culture with partner nations

    DLIELC is home to the largest FSP. This program is nested in the 637th International Support Squadron. They give over 200 tours a year to students at the schoolhouse. The FSP focuses on immersing students in American culture and introducing them to American ways of life. They do this through events on campus, day tours, overnight tours, and linking students with a host family via the American Members of International Goodwill to Others (AMIGO) program. It is vital during these times that DLIELC uphold not only the instruction portion of their mission, but also cultural immersion to our partner nations—in many cases, DLIELC is a student’s first experience with the United States of America!
  • Gateway to America -- U.S. Air Force English Language Beta Test Advances Despite COVID-19

    In March 2020, the 37th Training Wing began a beta test for an Air Force version of the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) Army Echo Company program which has been in existence since 1975. In partnership with Air Force Recruiting Service, this beta test is now in the execution phase. The goal is to show that an English language barrier is not a roadblock for eligible recruits interested in joining the United States Air Force. This is all credited to the unique language training capability DLIELC will provide them prior to the start of Basic Military Training (BMT) at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.