Welcome to the FAO Association
FAOA is organized for educational, professional, fraternal, and social purposes, as well as promoting esprit-de-corps and information dissemination among past and present members of the Armed Services, who have served or are serving as foreign area specialists around the world, and to further the common interests of the corporate body of FAOs (active, reserve, retired, and former military service). FAOA serves as an advocate for FAOs within DoD by preserving the history of the military career specialty. We publish a peer-reviewed Journal of International Affairs, sponsor events featuring guest speakers relevant to the FAO discipline, and conduct networking happy hours known as "FAOs on TAP" throughout the year.
By Air Force Senior Airman Mikaley Kline
99th Air Base Wing
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev., October 28, 2015 — She speaks Russian, Bulgarian and English while possessing master's degrees in economics, law, business administration as well as international relations. She worked as a teacher and a border patrol agent at one of the busiest checkpoints in Bulgaria before immigrating to the United States, eventually beginning a career as an American airman.
Air Force Capt. Reni Angelova, 99th Medical Group practice manager, said she stumbled upon the Language Enabled Airman Program when she went in to take an annual test to certify her foreign language proficiency.
"I speak a few languages and had to go in because I was due for [the Defense Language Proficiency Test]," Angelova said. "I was sitting in the waiting area when someone asked whether I was there to test for LEAP. I turned around and asked "What is LEAP?"
LEAP is managed by the Air Force Culture and Language Center, and its goal is to develop a group of airmen with different specialties and careers who have the ability to communicate in one or more foreign languages.
"The idea is to help maintain language skills and refresh them every so often so that you are up-to-date with changes in the language and culture," Angelova said. "The mission allows you to improve your cultural awareness, along with your language skills, to be ready to support our worldwide operations."
Angelova researched the program and decided to apply.
"I asked permission from my squadron commander, ... and he said 'Absolutely, yes.'” she said.Click Here to Read the Full Article
and the Joint FAO Program is an online portal that provides distance learning and community networking to Foreign Area Officers worldwide. It maintains skill sustainment and educational resources while building a network of professionals across the Armed Services.
All FAOs may access FAOweb, as well as select civilians, including personnel from USD(I)'s Civilian Foreign Area Specialist (CIVFAS) program, and others as warranted. Active-duty and reserve FAOs are approved automatically; retired FAOs and other users may request an account by contacting the program office directly or email@example.com.