Walter H. Ward - Director
Mr. Walter H. Ward, Jr. (Howard) is the Director of the Air Force Culture and Language Center (AFCLC) at Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. The AFCLC is a team of 50 military, federal civilian, and contract personnel that support the application of airpower by enabling seamless operation with many air forces using culture, regional expertise, and language education and training. The AFCLC develops officer and enlisted Airmen proficient in language, culture and negotiation competencies covering 95 languages through the Language Enabled Airman Program (LEAP). The AFCLC also reaches over 210,000 Airmen per year through online training, Community College of the Air Force-accredited courses, officer professional military education, General Officer pre-deployment training, media operations, and expeditionary culture field guides. Mr. Ward is a retired colonel and Master Navigator with over 4,400 hrs in KC-135A/R/RT, C-130E/H1/H2/H3/J. His most recent operational assignment was Commander, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. He commanded six squadrons, consisting of 1,200 aviators, maintenance professionals and support personnel, and 28 C-130J aircraft engaged in worldwide combat aerial delivery operations. He is married to the former Gwen M. Orwig and they have three children.
Gregory Day - Director of Staff, Chief of Mission Support
Mr. Gregory Day is the Acting Deputy Director of the Air Force Culture and Language Center. He has also served as the Chief of the Culture Branch at the AFCLC. Mr. Day retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service as a First Sergeant, PME Commandant, Military Training Leader and Linguist. He holds a M.S. in Education from California State University, East Bay and a M.S. in Leadership and Management from Liberty University. Mr. Day's current activities include administrative and operational oversight of internal processes, cultural expeditionary skills training, and curriculum development for all levels of PME and PCE.
Olin Goodhue - Chief, Education Support
Mr. Olin Goodhue is the Chief of the Air Force Culture and Language Center's Education Support Division. Mr. Goodhue is a retired Air Force officer who served as a rated aircrew member, flight instructor, subject matter expert, curriculum developer, budget planner/programmer and contingency planner. He holds a MS in General Administration from Central Michigan University. Mr. Goodhue's activities include operational oversight of Education Management Systems, Course Administration, Assessments, and Outreach.
Lt. Col Eric Graham - Chief, Language Division
Lieutenant Colonel Graham is Chief of the Language Division at the Air Force Culture and Language Center, Maxwell AFB AL. As the program manager for the Language Enabled Airmen Program (LEAP) he provides career-long training opportunities to 1800 Airmen in 80 languages, and oversees a diverse total force team of language experts and contractors. Lieutenant Colonel Graham enlisted in the Air Force in February 1997. He earned Bachelors of Science degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration before being selected to attend the Reserve Officer Training Corps at East Carolina University. Following his commission, he served in critical leadership positions to include Executive Officer, Flight Commander, Deputy Commander, Commander, 744 Communications Squadron Operating Location Bravo and on the President's staff. Lieutenant Colonel Graham has also deployed in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM contingency operations.
Mary Newbern - Deputy Chief, Region and Culture Division
Ms. Mary Newbern, Lt Col (Ret) USAF, is an Education and Training Program Developer and Manager assigned to the Air Force Culture and Language Center's Region and Culture Division. Her job duties include researching, designing, developing, and managing courseware production and delivery activities for professional military education and expeditionary skills training venues. Ms. Newbern serves as program manager and editor-in-chief for the Air Force's Expeditionary Culture Field Guide (ECFG) development activities. She completed a 28-year active-duty career with the Air Force prior to assuming her current position. Hallmark positions included Commander, 31st Services Squadron and Executive officer, 31st Fighter Wing, Aviano AB Italy; Chief of Intelligence, 86th Tactical Fighter Wing, Ramstein AB Germany; 86th Support Group and 86th Operations Group Executive Officer, 86th Fighter Wing, Ramstein AB Germany; and Intelligence Systems Program Manager, HQ USSOUTHCOM, Quarry Heights, Panama. Ms. Newbern was a career intelligence officer specializing in photographic reconnaissance. She holds a B.A. in English and Journalism, a M.A. in Human Resources Development, and a Graduate Certificate Instructional Systems Specialist.
Dr. Scott Edmondson - Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Africa)
Dr. Scott M. Edmondson is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Africa) at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. He holds a Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles, with over five years of teaching experience in both university (UCLA, Univ. of Michigan) and military settings (USAJFKSWCS). Dr. Edmondson has conducted ethnographic field research in West Africa on popular media production and religious praxis, and has worked as a sociocultural intelligence analyst for the 4th Military Information Support Group and USAFRICOM. His teaching and research interests include: African religious, media, and security studies; cross-cultural competence; historiography and ethnography; semiotics and narrative analysis; cultural heritage protection in conflict; and youth cultures, social media, and radicalization.
Dr. Patricia Fogarty - Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations
Dr. Patricia L. Fogarty is the Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Emory University, and has several years of classroom experience. Dr. Fogarty's current activities include conducting research into the real-life cross-cultural experiences of Airmen, teaching at Air University, and developing cross-cultural awareness curriculum for all levels of PME and training.
Dr. Kristin Hissong - Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Middle East North Africa)
Dr. Kristin Hissong is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies, Middle East North Africa (MENA). She holds a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies from the Institute for Middle East Studies at King's College London with teaching experience at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level in the fields of political science, international studies, theology and religious studies, and ethnicity and nationalism studies. Dr. Hissong's current research interests and teaching repertoire include religious and national identities of MENA region communities with attention to inter-faith relations, cultures, nationalisms, gender, belonging, and memory and peacekeeping.
Dr. Jessica Jordan - Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia)
Dr. Jessica Jordan is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Asia). She received her Ph.D. in History (Modern Japan) from the University of California, San Diego and has taught courses on the history of Japan, Micronesia, Southeast Asia, WWII in Asia and the Pacific, and the world since 1500. Her dissertation research involved interviewing several dozen Northern Mariana Islanders about their memories of life under Japanese colonial rule (1914-1945), and she is currently revising chapters for publication as peer-reviewed articles. Her teaching and research interests include: historiography, modern colonialism, nationalism and ethnicity/race, and the politics of memory.
Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian - Associate Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Angelle Khachadoorian is the Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Dr. Khachadoorian has taught college for more than thirteen years, including almost ten years for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, as well as teaching in several Air Force post-secondary educational settings. Dr. Khachadoorian's research interests include indigenous and tribal cultures, especially in respect to identity construction and cultural/social changes created by global social, political and economic systems.
Dr. Elizabeth Peifer - Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Europe)
Dr. Elizabeth L.B. Peifer is Assistant Professor of Regional and Cultural Studies (Europe) at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She holds a Ph.D. in European History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has over fifteen years of university teaching experience. Dr. Peifer specializes in contemporary German society and culture, and her teaching and research interests include: social movements, the language and culture of radicalism, generational identity, public memory and national narratives, and genocide studies.
Dr. Susan Steen - Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication
Dr. Susan L. Steen is Assistant Professor of Cross-Cultural Communication at the Air Force Culture and Language Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from The University of Southern Mississippi in 2007, focused on Intercultural Communication. She has held a variety of positions in the field of international/intercultural education, including as Director of International Programs and Director of the Center for International and Continuing Education, both at The University of Southern Mississippi. Since 1991, she has published a total of 11 works, taught a variety of courses, and delivered presentations/guest lectures on more than 30 occasions to audiences in the U.S. and overseas. Prior to joining the AFCLC, Dr. Steen served as Director and Assistant Provost for International Engagement at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.
The Air Force Culture and Language Center creates and executes language, region and cultural learning programs for Total Force Airmen, and provides the Service with the subject matter expertise required to institutionalize these efforts.