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Defense Language Institute Monterey

Defense Language Institute Monterey

A week after Christine was allegedly killed by a rogue wave, I was at her house when she got annoyed with Michelle Neisess a friend of Christine and our father whom she met at dinner over at the Benton home. I asked Michelle about the wind conditions that morning and she said it was very windy. She goes jogging around 9:00 A.M. almost every morning with her good friend, the ex-Chief of Police of Pacific Grove. They have coffee together. She said she will talk to him about his recollections.

“He said it was quite a blow that morning!” Michelle told me on the phone. My investigation was on in earnest.

When I was at Rocky Point I could see waves coming into the narrow cover, hitting the wall, and shooting fifty feet in the air. There was a moderate wind and tide. I asked Shamus if he saw this plume of water, and he said he did. This was enough warning for Christine to stay clear and keep her eight year old daughter – AWAY FROM DANGER! Vicki said our sister sat with her back to the sea, with no care. What about her child!!!!!!! Any mother would watch out for her child – who was eight feet away from her mother!  This is why I began to ask questions. To be made out to be mentally ill, was par for the course. What about the care of Vicki and Shamus – the alleged sane ones! If I was there, my sister would be alive! This is a fact!

Monterey is called ‘The Language Capital of the World’. I am sure the Defense Language Institute is in touch with The Royal College of Defense Studies that was once headed by Admiral Sir Ian Easton. Michelle met a major in the Air Force in France where she was born. He married her and she got a job DLIM where she taught French to many foreigners. Her husband was shot down over Vietnam. His body was never recovered. Ian Flemming fits with these.

Around 1990 Michael and I went to lunch with William Linhart, the Private Investigator who Cayrl Chessman hired to keep him from going to the electric chair. We accompanied Bill to KTVU in Jack London Square where he was going to be interviewed. Michael Harkins accompanied me to Christine’s funeral, not as a friend, but a PI.

The day before Christmas I found a drawing of Rocky Point that I sent the Coroner, along with Drew’s alleged drawing. Vicki Presco was afraid that I would go in the den and question her son,  and thus she removed him with a – work of art – a forgery!

I also found part of a letter I sent to the Executor informing he has no valid death scene. I also inform him of my investigation of the Priory de Sion. This letter is filed in the probate of Christine Rosamond Benton.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2015


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The Defense Language Institute (DLI) is a United States Department of Defense (DoD) educational and research institution, which provides linguistic and cultural instruction to the Department of Defense, other Federal Agencies and numerous customers around the world. The Defense Language Institute is responsible for the Defense Language Program, and the bulk of the Defense Language Institute’s activities involve educating DoD members in assigned languages, and international personnel in English. Other functions include planning, curriculum development, and research in second-language acquisition.

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) traces its roots to the eve of America’s entry into World War II, when the U.S. Army established a secret school at the Presidio of San Francisco to teach the Japanese language. Classes began 1 November 1941, with four instructors and 60 students in an abandoned airplane hangar at Crissy Field. The students were primarily second generation Japanese Americans (Nisei) from the West Coast, who had learned Japanese from their first-generation parents but were educated in the US and whose Japanese was somewhat limited, the “Kibei,” Japanese-Americans who had been educated in Japan and spoke Japanese like the Japanese themselves, along with two Caucasian students, the only US military personnel who had any useful command of the Japanese language at the beginning of WWII. Nisei Hall, along with several other buildings, is named in honor of these earliest students, who are honored in the Institute’s Yankee Samurai exhibit.

During the war, the Military Intelligence Service Language School (MISLS), as it came to be called, grew dramatically. When Japanese-Americans on the West Coast were moved into internment camps in 1942, the school moved to temporary quarters at Camp Savage, Minnesota. By 1944 the school had outgrown these facilities and moved to nearby Fort Snelling. More than 6,000 graduates served throughout the Pacific Theater during the war and the subsequent occupation of Japan.

In 1946 the school moved to the Presidio of Monterey, the renamed Army Language School expanded rapidly in 1947–48 during the Cold War. Instructors, including native speakers of more than thirty languages and dialects, were recruited from all over the world. Russian became the largest language program, followed by Chinese, Korean, and German.

The Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) traces its formal beginning to May 1954, when the 3746th Pre-Flight Training Squadron (language) was activated and assumed responsibility for all English language training. In 1960, the Language School, USAF, activated and assumed the mission. In 1966, the DoD established the Defense Language Institute English Language School (DLIELS) and placed it under US Army control although the school remained at Lackland AFB. In 1976, the DoD appointed the US Air Force as the executive agent for the school and redesignated it the Defense Language Institute English Language Center.

Cold War language instruction

The U.S. Air Force met most of its foreign language training requirements in the 1950s through contract programs at universities such as Yale, Cornell, Indiana, and Syracuse and the U.S. Navy taught foreign languages at the Naval Intelligence School in Washington, D.C., but in 1963 these programs were consolidated into the Defense Foreign Language Program. A new headquarters, the Defense Language Institute (DLI), was established in Washington, D.C., and the former Army Language School commandant, Colonel James L. Collins, Jr., became the Institute’s first director. The Army Language School became the DLI West Coast Branch, and the foreign language department at the Naval Intelligence School became the DLI East Coast Branch. The contract programs were gradually phased out. The DLI also took over the English Language School at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, which became the DLI English Language Center (DLIELC).

During the peak of American involvement in Vietnam (1965–73), the DLI stepped up the pace of language training. While regular language training continued unabated, more than 20,000 service personnel studied Vietnamese through the DLI’s programs, many taking a special eight-week military adviser “survival” course. From 1966 to 1973, the institute also operated a Vietnamese branch using contract instructors at Biggs Air Force Base near Fort Bliss, Texas (DLI Support Command, later renamed the DLI Southwest Branch). Vietnamese instruction continued at DLI until 2004.


In the 1970s the institute’s headquarters and all resident language training were consolidated at the West Coast Branch and renamed the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC). In 1973, the newly formed U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) assumed administrative control, and in 1976, all English language training operations were returned to the U.S. Air Force, which operates DLIELC to this day.

The DLIFLC won academic accreditation in 1979 from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, and in 1981 the position of academic dean (later called provost) was reestablished. In the early 1980s, crowding and living conditions at the Monterey location forced the Institute to open two temporary branches: a branch for air force enlisted students of Russian at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas (1981–1987), and another for army enlisted students of German, Korean, Russian and Spanish at the Presidio of San Francisco (1982–1988). As a result of these conditions, the institute began an extensive facilities expansion program on the Presidio.

The RCDS Mission is:

“To prepare senior officers and officials of the United Kingdom and other countries and future leaders from the private and public sectors for high responsibilities in their respective organisations, by developing their analytical powers, knowledge of defence and international security, and strategic vision”.[3]

RCDS forms a part of the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. In fulfilment of its mission, the college runs one course a year, from September to July.[4] Each course is attended by a maximum of 90 full-time members, around one-third from UK and two-thirds from overseas.[4] Attendees are military officers of Colonel/Brigadier or equivalent rank but also include civil servants, diplomats, police officers and representatives from the private sector.[4] All have been selected to attend the course on the strength of their potential to progress to a high position within their profession.[4]

The course composition has been progressively widened to include members from over 40 different countries.[4]

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