Joe Embler (B. A. in Russian 1983)
Alumnus Joe Embler has certainly been making good use of his language skills in the real world!
Upon graduating he served in the Marines from 1983 - 2002. In the Marines he flew helicopters and was also a Foreign Area Officer - he went to the Defense Language Institute from 1990-1991 for more Russian language training, and then to the U.S. Army Russian Institute in Garmisch, Germany from 1991-1992.
Joe was a translator in the Pentagon at the Washington - Moscow Direct Communications Link from 1992-1995. Then, after more flying he went back to Garmisch in 1998 - and retired from the Marines from there in 2002. After working as a Dept of Defense civilian in Garmisch from 2003-2010, he is now back at the Defense Language Institute, working as a program manager in the Afghanistan - Pakistan 'Hands' program - coordinating distance learning for Dari and Pashto language training primarily (and learning a little Dari in the process).