The Washington Army National Guard’s 341st Military Intelligence Battalion — whose mission is to provide trained Military Intelligence soldiers with linguistic skills that can be used for translation, interrogation, counterintelligence, voice interception, and intelligence analysis — was recently awarded the best Command Language Program (CLP) among the five battalions in the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade.

Staff Sgt. Sergi Corduneanu, a crypto-linguist with Delta Company, 341st Military Intelligence Battalion was selected as the language professional of the year by the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade

Staff Sgt. Sergi Corduneanu, a crypto-linguist with Delta Company, 341st Military Intelligence Battalion was selected as the language professional of the year by the 300th Military Intelligence Brigade during a ceremony at Draper, Utah on March 1, 2019. Photo By Joseph Siemandel

The language program is designed to develop and execute unit language training plans, help support the operational and contingency objectives for linguists and build proficiency among Guardsmen in the counterintelligence, human intelligence and signal intelligence fields, according to a Defense Visual Information Distribution Service report. The program also helps ensure that linguists have access to self-study materials and resources, as well as mentorship from a higher-level linguist.

“During this past year, the state CLPM has been further developed, adding two on-site computer labs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and in Spokane at Fairchild Air Force Base,” LTC Teresa Wenner, commander of the 341st Military Intelligence Battalion, Linguist, said in the DVIDS report. “We also created an on-site library that has over 400 books, movies, interactive software and magazines in multiple languages. The material is being continuously ordered through suggestions from cohort leads and updated monthly.”

In addition to being honored as the best program out of five National Guard battalions, Staff Sgt. Sergei Corduneanu, a crypto-linguist with Delta Company, was selected as the language professional of the year by the brigade. Corduneanu, who is proficient in three languages, was selected out of 1,050 linguists, the report stated.