Language laboratory built in Iraq amid hardship


A four member team in Iraq recently completed construction on a language center that is aimed at helping Iraqi citizens learn English. The two Training Multimedia Language Laboratories in Taji and Ar Rustamiyah were built despite harsh weather conditions and intermittent electricity, Army News Service reports.

The labs are made up of three components, an analog, digital and resource center. Additionally, each lab has enough room for between 25 and 30 students, and the analog and digital opportunities allow instructors to monitor students' progress.

The addition of two more labs brings the total number across the globe to 108, marking a continued growth of the decade-old program.

"When it first started [after 9/11], it was very much under the radar," Stephen Pesta, training instructor at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pennsylvania, told the news source. "Now that the depot's name is out there and forces have seen the work we do and how we do it, more and more language labs are being manufactured and installed."

The Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full service electronics facility that the Defense Department possesses and has been serving the Armed Forces for more than 56 years.