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Hooligans offer Arabic Familiarization Course

N.D. Air and Army National Guard member attend an Iraqi familiarization class at the 119th Wing on  Aug 12-14 2008.  The focus of the course was to culturally educate deploying service members to make the transition of living in the Middle East easier.

N.D. Air and Army National Guard members attend an Iraqi familiarization class at the 119th Wing on Aug 12-14 2008. The focus of the course was to culturally educate deploying service members to make the transition of living in the Middle East easier.

Fargo, N.D. -- The Happy Hooligans will host a three-day Arabic-Iraqi Familiarization Course for unit members at the 119th Wing Regional Training Site on Aug. 12-14.

The course is open to all military members and media personnel interested in learning about basic customs, courtesies and Arabic culture.

"The primary focus of the course is to culturally educate deploying service members to make the transition of living in the Middle East easier," said Senior Airman Theta Olson, course coordinator.

"We also have non-deploying members who have signed up because they feel it's important to understand what their deploying counterparts are going through," she said.

Instructors from the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) based out of Monterey, Calif. will travel to Fargo to conduct the course. DLIFLC provides culturally-based foreign language education, training and evaluation to Department of Defense personnel.

"We are very excited about this opportunity. In today's military we need to be able to form relationships with our military allies and this type of training helps facilitate that," said Olson.

Notes to Media:

Please contact Capt. Penny Ripperger, 119th Wing Public Affairs Officer, at 701-451-2194 to arrange a media escort on base.

Please contact Capt. Ripperger if media personnel are interested in attending the three-day course to ensure seating is available.

WHAT: Arabic-Iraqi Familiarization Course

WHEN: Aug. 12-14, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: 119th Wing, N.D. Air National Guard

MEDIA: Contact Capt. Penny Ripperger at 701-451-2194 to arrange a media escort on base.

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