Pieter R. DeVisser is currently the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s Liaison to Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington where he works together with Yvonne Pawelek, Director of the JBLM Language & Culture Center. Since taking the position in early 2012, his primary focus has been on non-traditional language and culture training of the Army’s General Purposes Forces (troops not in a foreign language dependent operational specialty).
While this training was first focused on troops deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan, Mr. DeVisser has helped make the JBLM LCC the first site to fully pivot the training focus to the Army’s ongoing regional alignment, generally, and I Corps alignment to Pacific Command, specifically. Additionally, Mr. DeVisser advises and collaborates with the JBLM area language managers and unit commanders at all echelons.
Prior to his position at JBLM, Mr. DeVisser was the Command Language Program Manager for 66th Military Intelligence Brigade (MIB) in Wiesbaden, Germany. During his three and a half years there, he was responsible for the language training of hundreds of military linguists. He was instrumental in correcting the pay procedures for service members’ foreign language skills throughout Germany, assisting other language program managers throughout Europe, and helping the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center to establish its first Language Training Detachment (LTD) in Europe. The technology integration he achieved at the 66th MIB Language Learning Center was used as a model for that and later LTDs established throughout Europe. Upon his departure from that position, Mr. DeVisser was presented the Commander's Award for Civilian Service. From early 2000 to early 2004, Mr. DeVisser served honorably in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst and Noncommissioned Officer, deploying for eight months in support of what eventually became Operation Iraqi Freedom. After his discharge from the Army, Mr. DeVisser continued to directly support the military by managing operations responsible for providing contract linguists to Intelligence operations throughout Europe.
Mr. DeVisser graduated magna cum laude from Christ College, Valparaiso University in 1998 with a B.A. in German & English Literature. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Applied Linguistics through University of Massachusetts Boston and is expect to graduate later this year.