Dave Rosenberg, with a Native American bonnet in one hand and a Filipino hat in the other, acquaints service members with global customs and information to keep them out of trouble while traveling overseas. (All Hands)
Quantico, Maxwell Air Force Base, Fort Huachuca, Pensacola, and Monterey all host sizable incubators of language and cultural expertise for the armed forces. But it is worth recalling earlier efforts to help service members understand foreign societies. One pioneer was Navy civilian David Rosenberg (1916–2005). He taught “overseasmanship” to tens of thousands of sailors and Marines bound for foreign ports during the Cold War.
In 1961, Leatherneck magazine recalled the “Old Days”—“servicemen of all nations looked forward to their liberties in foreign ports with anticipation of brews, broads, and brawls. When the fleet was in, the cops were out—in full force.”1