OSAMA B. SHOFANI
4818 W. 133rd St
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Arabic Linguist for Iraqi, Palestinian, Lebanese, Syrian & Jordanian dialects
Instructor & Curriculum Development for USMC Language & Tactical Training
Personal Protection for high level dignitaries
International Relations for USMC Mongolian Exchange Program
Interrogation & Intelligence Collection for USMC Combat Operations
Logistics Planning for USMC Combat Operations & Training
Financial Management for USMC Combat Operations
Level Two Anti-Terrorism Force Protection Officer
Personal Translator & Culture Expert for General Conway
Small Arms Tactical Trainer; Expert in Tactics & Procedures Qualified Trainer
Top Secret clearance
Techenical Advisor for CBS Telvision Show NCIS and NCIS LA June 2008-Present
Responsible for reading scripts, verifying authenticity and realism of Arabic Language, Religion and Culture
Responsible for choreographing weapons handling and training actors on military terminology, procedure and proper protocol.
Language and Culture Training Program Coordinator/Manager May 2007- Present
1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Advisor Training Group
Developed the Language and Training Program for teams deploying to the Middle East.
Designed and initiated a syllabus and curriculum in accordance with the training schedule.
Responsible for the instruction of deploying teams that consist of 30 to 60 students with cultural awareness and basic proficiency of the Arabic language.
Implementing a language lab that will consist of approximately 60 computers to serve as
reinforcement of classroom instruction.
Staff Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge
Operations Chief, 1ST Special Operations Training Group August 2004-April 2007
Served as the senior enlisted advisor responsible for the personnel administration and overall personnel management of approximately 150 individuals.
Provided oversight to ensure all training related to Pre-Deployment Training was properly conducted for over 6,000 Marines.
Provided Arabic language and culture expertise to various units engaged in deployment training.
Selected from among numerous applicants to serve and embed with the Mongolian armed forces with the goal of conducting an Enlisted Leadership Development Subject Matter Expert Exchange.
Served in an ambassadorial role as a direct representative of the United States Marine Corps in Mongolia.
Created reports that describe challenges and progress assigned in an effort to accurately assess the situation and measure progress.
Identified, supervised, and executed three Humanitarian and Civic Action projects in the amount of $300,000 that promoted a positive image of the U.S. to Mongolian government and citizens.
Provided instruction on call for fire, developed coordination , and control procedures for artillery, naval
gunfire, and close air support procedures for over 50 Marine Corps units.
Coordinated, developed, and managed with civilian contractors to operate, maintain, and improve communications and fire marking systems that cost well over two million dollars.
Organized and upgraded a program by providing critique and comment of documentation by attending over 25 different meetings in various states.
Conducted training and professional development of 110 assigned junior Marines in my charge.
Provided personal interpretation and translation for General Conway for high level intensified meetings.
Provided personal security escort and protection for General’s, and high level dignitaries during combat operations in Iraq and other countries.
Led protective service detail during missions and communicated effectively with team members during motorcade movement in hostile and less than hostile times.
Established liaison with foreign police of various countries in order to conduct safe travel for high level dignitaries.
Advanced Special Operations January 2004-July 2004
5th Special Forces Group, Operational Detachment
Provided the interpersonal skills required to conduct advanced special operations techniques in a combat environment with an indigenous and, at times, hostile populace for 5th Special Forces Group.
Provided neutral linguistic ability in the Arabic language that is essential in providing interaction with members of the local populace as well as valuable insight and liaison with local customs and courtesies to I Marine Expeditionary Force and 5th Special Forces.
Conducted battlefield and deliberate interrogation of prisoners, detainees, and other hostile forces during offensive operations against Fallujah.
Conducted interviews of indigenous personnel with the ultimate goal of obtaining viable intelligence from an unwitting source.
Ensured administrative requirements such as coordination and operational documentation, as well as intelligence reports were completed and disseminated in a timely manner.
Operation Chief/Arabic Translator February 2002-December 2003
Combined Joint Task Force Consequence Management
Created a functional and effective system to manage, prioritized requirements and coordinate training events within the command.
Planned, coordinated and executed a forward command post during combat operations.
Managed daily operations and all aspects of training within the command for 200 Marines.
Taught basic Arabic language for a Joint Command of over 5 different countries and 5 different militaries that consisted of 600 different nationalities.
Translated documents from Arabic to English and vice versa.
Coordinated and translated meetings with the Kuwaiti host nation on high levels.
Enhanced and organized a security force of 25 individuals to protect high level VIP’s who were within or outside the command.
Command Element, I Marine Expeditionary Unit May 2001-January 2002
Provided allied/coalition tactical liaison for the unit in various Middle Eastern countries.
As required, provided linguist/interpreter support, resulting in enhanced interoperability and relations between U.S. forces and the Kuwaiti, Saudi and Jordanian militaries.
Maintained troop welfare, combat readiness, and morale of platoon of more than 45 men while ensuring safety during operations while overseas for approximately 7 months.
Responsible for accountability, serviceability, and readiness of platoon’s communication equipment and records for equipment maintenance worth over $1,000,000.00.
Maintained records of approximately 45 Marines in the platoon for proficiency and conducted evaluations on a quarterly basis.
Advised Commanding Officer on personnel, tactical, and training matters for 55 Marines.
Master’s Degree, International Terrorism Anticipated Graduation November 2010
American Military University
Bachelor’s of Science, Criminal Justice
Park University, *** Laude
Dynamics of International Terrorism Level Two
Individual Terrorism Awareness Level Two
Antiterrorism/Force Protection Principle /Advance Level Two
Martial Arts Instructor (Black Belt 1st Degree)
Antiterrorism Training Officer Level Two
High Risk Personnel
Tactical Air Control Party
Marine Artillery Scout Observer
Airborne (All Parachute systems)
Combat Action Ribbon x 2
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Navy and Marine Commendation Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Volunteer Service Medal
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Navy and Marine Achievement Medal x 4
Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster and one with Combat “V” device for Valor action in combat
Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait
Letter of Appreciation (2)
Letter of Commendation
Available upon request.