Culture & Region
About Our Culture & Region Division
The AFCLC's Culture Department helps Airmen develop cross-cultural competence (3C) across the entire continuum of learning (education, training and experience). Educational efforts are guided by Air University's Quality Enhancement Plan, and training efforts are integrated into the Air Force's Expeditionary Skills program.
1. Design, develop, deliver and coordinate relevant and cohesive curricula to improve students' knowledge, skills and attitudes required for cross-cultural competence.
2. Identify, conduct, coordinate, sponsor, evaluate and publish research to expand and support cross-cultural competence.
3. Coordinate the assessment of cross-cultural competence to evaluate, communicate and improve force development.
4. Design, develop, coordinate and deliver professional development opportunities to enhance faculty and staff members' ability to integrate cross-cultural competence.
5. Acquire, develop and make available to as many Airmen as possible a broad inventory of engaging, academically sound and useful learning resources.
Cross-cultural competence is the ability to quickly and accurately comprehend, then appropriately and effectively act, to achieve the desired effect in a culturally complex environment - without necessarily having prior exposure to a particular group, region or language.
Individual Airmen exert influence on overall mission success and institutional health. Doing so in a cross-cultural context entails the ability to negotiate, build relationships and communicate across cultural differences. Proficiency at these abilities entails certain knowledge. Aquiring this knowledge and performing these skills, in turn, is driven largely by positive attitudes. Finally, tailoring general knowledge and skills to particular contexts requires learning approaches.
The AFCLC's Region Division provides regional knowledge to Airmen through Expeditionary Culture Field Guides (ECFG), and Visual Expeditionary Skills Training (VEST).
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.