Friday, November 30, 2012

Air Force Offers Cultural Guides for Overseas-deployed Troops

Air Force Culture and Language Center

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala., Nov. 30, 2012 – The Air Force Culture and Language Center here released its Philippines Expeditionary Culture Field Guide today.

What you need to know about a place and its people -- that’s what the AFCLC-produced cultural guidebooks provide for deploying military members.

The Philippines guidebook is the first to focus on a country in the Asia-Pacific region. The pocket-sized, laminated and spiral-bound booklet contains the essential elements needed to work effectively with host-nation counterparts in the Philippines. Topics include the history of the Philippines, religious traditions, and basic language familiarization.

AFCLC’s social science and cultural experts developed the booklet in collaboration with active-duty and retired military members.

The center initially developed guides for Iraq and Afghanistan, said Mary Newbern, AFCLC’s Region Branch chief. The success of those guides led to a request from U.S. Africa Command for field guides on other countries. The center then published guides for 14 African countries. Ten more are being developed and will be published in 2013, according to AFCLC officials.

The launch of the Philippines field guide represents the growth of AFCLC services and program officials hope to continue assisting airmen performing the Air Force’s global mission.

“We have to make sure our military members have the information they need to operate effectively in any environment,” said Jay Warwick, AFCLC director. “The ECFGs are just one way we deliver the skills and knowledge necessary for cross-cultural competence.”

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