Language Lab/ Cultural Awareness Center to Open on Fort Riley

FORT RILEY, Kan. – A ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for 11 a.m. Oct. 3 at the new 1st Inf. Div. Language Lab and Cultural Awareness Center located on Custer Hill.

The ceremony will feature Brig. Gen. Perry Wiggins, commander of the 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley, and other key division leaders. The language lab will enhance the readiness of 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley units as they prepare for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Understanding Iraqi and Afghan languages and cultures are critical skills for our Big Red One Soldiers. Army-trained linguists provide a unique expertise needed to conduct effective operations,” Wiggins said.

Language instructors will be available at the center to assist Soldiers. Interactive and online learning programs and games will be available. Soldiers can view live telecasts from Arabic, Korean, Chinese and Spanish TV stations. Soldiers also will be able to use iPods to take the training “on-the-go.”