After the induction of 8 Wall Of Fame Alumni, Colonel Jeffrey Cooper, Commandant for DLIELC, presents the Challenge Coin to the participating Alumni, Lt Gen (Ret) Keijiro Hata, Vice Commander of the Japanese Air Defense Command.
Photo By SrA Westin Warburton
From DLIELC |
by Harlan Bender |
25 May 2016
By Senior Airman Warburton
The DLIELC unveiled their wall of fame inductees Aug. 21, at the DLIELC on JBSA Lackland.
“In the 61 years since DLI’s English Language Center has been established, there have been many students who have made significant contributions in their countries and in developing positive relationships between the United States and their nations,” said Col. Jeffrey Cooper, DLIELC Commandant and 637th Training Group Commander.
“We honor today not only those graduates who continue to succeed throughout the world in their careers but also those graduates who have given their lives in the line of duty,” Cooper said.
Although some of the alumni have long retired from military or civilian service, many still serve their countries in high level military leadership positions, as advisors to the countries’ armed services or in leadership positions within their countries.
DLIELC honors these alumni by sharing their name, photo, country, and highest rank/level achieved in support of their countries, on the wall of fame in the main hallway at the DLIELC.
“We believe this wall of fame will continue to serve as inspiration for current students as they progress in their studies and inspire them to serve honorably in their nation’s services after they graduate,” said Cooper.