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November 16, 2016
Veterans Voices: An CULP experience at Vietnam November 10, 2016 admin 0 Comment

(By guest writer, Jacob Kortum)

Usually when people travel to a new or distant land, their priorities are always the same. See the iconic geography, visit the greatest architectural monuments, and take lots and lots of pictures. This in essence gives the impression that only things worth investing any time into when traveling can be found on a gift shop postcard. On rare occasions though, an opportunity can arise which allows an individual to dive into a nations culture and develop a truly...

Culture Team
September 30, 2016

Reposted from the Defense Video and Imagry Distribution System

RIYADH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – Two figures stand in a room after meeting for the first time, abundantly contrasted through culture, language and appearance, clearly representing opposite sides of the world. The camouflage adorning them, although different in color and pattern, is seemingly the only similarity. Together the figures move to study the many dots and symbols strewn about the lines of a manuscript laying on the nearby table. Intently motioning to one another through gestures and elated expressions, it is...

Culture Team
September 30, 2016

National Guard Troops from North Carolina maintain there strong bonds with the Republic of Moldova as they participate in Training Exercise Fireshield. The North Carolina National Guard and Republic of Moldova have been associated with each other by the Department of Defense's State Partnership Program since 1996.

See their efforts in the video below!

Culture Team
May 4, 2016

Recently, a Swedish Tourism agency created a single phone line that connects international callers to randomly selected Swedish volunteers to chat about whatever is on their minds. The goal of the service is to generate interest in the country and encourage tourism to the frosty nation. Ever wondered about Norse culture? How do the Swede's deal with 18 hour nights, what the northern lights look like, and why they like to forrage for berries? Well... call them up and ask!

The telephone number is 46-771-793-336 and the website is .


Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Ph.D. Anthropology, Alelo
April 6, 2016

The first time I lived abroad, in Argentina, I wrote an excited letter to an old friend. “I am living in a place that is very similar to the States in most ways,” I told him, “and yet everything in daily life takes place in Spanish. More amazing altogether: while there are tons of things I don’t understand, I am able to function very well.”

He complimented me on my Spanish, but he also issued me a caution: “You are only halfway there.” When you first arrive, he said, people appear to be so very different. And when you pass the first barrier, they seem to be just like you. But there...

Culture Team
March 31, 2016

The Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP) is designed and managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) to sustain, enhance and utilize the existing language skills and talents of Airmen. The goal of LEAP is to develop a core group of general-purpose force (GPF) Airmen across specialties and careers possessing the capability to communicate in one or more foreign languages.

Recently, Anastasia Stuart, a staff seargent with the US Air Force, who was born and raised in Nizhnekamsk, Russia, got to use her language and culture skillsas part of a U.S. effort...

March 16, 2016

Despite protests by certain organizations against Pakistani cricketers, sports fans from both India and Pakistan have been expressing remarkable solidarity via social media.  Thousands from Karachi to Lahore and Kashmir to Kolkata, have been changing their profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to promote peace between the nations. An online campaign #ProfileforPeace, started by Nudrrat Khawaja and Samir Gupta, is becoming the theme for this movement.

Pakistan's fans are changing their pictures to support the Indian cricket team and Indian fans are doing the...