Official biography
David Oglesby

David L. Oglesby

Chair, Strategic Languages Department
Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE)

David L. Oglesby is the Chair of the Strategic Languages Department at the Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.  He advises the Director of PLTCE on matters related to foreign language education/acquisition and provides academic leadership to the Linguist Enhancement Course instructional program.  He is also a member of the Bureau for International Language Coordination (BILC) Language Testing Working Group.  Prior to his 2015 assignment to the Marshall Center, he held the position of Chief of Testing at the US Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) in San Antonio, Texas, where he was responsible for English-language proficiency testing in support of Security Cooperation, military accessions, and US-sponsored exercise programs for the Department of Defense.

Previously, David worked at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) in Monterey, CA, where he: managed the Air Force Military Language Instructor (MLI) special duty program; supervised MLI personnel in the School of Central European Languages; coordinated foreign-language support for contingency operations; and taught the Russian Basic course.  He, also, worked in Defense Attaché Offices in Kyiv, Ukraine, and Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

David has conducted courses or advised program managers on language training and testing issues in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, South America, and Australia.  Additionally, he was the English Language Training Program Manager in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

He holds an MA in Teaching Foreign Languages from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and social science education.  He is a graduate of DLIFLC’s basic, intermediate, and advanced Russian courses.