DLIFLC 60th Anniversary
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My Alma Mater, the Defense Language Institute Foreign
Language Center (the oldest and best language school in the world) celebrated it's 60th Anniversary at the Presidio of Monterey,
California on November 2nd, 2001. As I am a member of the DLIFLC Club on Yahoo,
I found out about the event before it happened and was able to make arrangements
to take a short vacation and fly out there to take part.
honored not only the 60th Anniversary of the founding of the institute, but also
honored the bravery of the original students, first generation Japanese
Americans ("Nisei"), many of whom enlisted in the U.S. Army despite
the fact that their families (and some of them) had been placed in internment
camps after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. They went on to fight as
part of the
442nd Regimental Combat Team , one of the most decorated units in U.S.
military history. Those guys were true heroes, and many of them were there
to witness their unit finally receive a Presidential Unit Citation. It was
an honor to meet them.
The Tin Barn
SGM (Retired) Bob Britton of the PAO Office
Pomerene Hall, Aiso Library and Taylor Hall
Retreat Ceremony at the Parade Ground
Veterans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team
The Institute’s Crest symbolizes the dual heritage of the Defense
Language Institute and the Presidio of Monterey. Originally designed for the
U.S. Army Language School, the crest was adopted in 1963 by the Defense Language
Institute. It is also used by our sister school, the Defense Language Institute
English Language Center.
The upper right corner of the shield depicts a fragment of the Rosetta
Stone bearing the name of Egyptian ruler Ptolemy V (203–181 BC) in two
languages (ancient Egyptian and Greek) and three scripts (Egyptian hieroglyphic
and demotic scripts and Greek capital letters). Its discovery by a French
military expedition in 1799 enabled scholars for the first time to decipher this
complex pictographic writing, from which much of our knowledge of Egypt’s
ancient civilization is derived.
The cap on the lower left portion was worn by the San Carlos Catalan
Volunteers, Spanish soldiers who accompanied Father Junipero Serra on his Sacred
Expedition of 1769–70 to establish a string of missions in Alta California. In
1770, on the site of present-day Monterey, they built a small fort (presidio) to
protect the San Carlos Borromeo Mission.
Red and blue reflect the wartime and peacetime missions of the Institute,
and the green olive branch reflects the aim of promoting peace through
understanding. The gold torch on top is a traditional symbol of learning and