Welcome to WHINSEC
2001-2016: WHINSEC's 15th anniversary
The Institute celebrated its 15 years with a "Quinceañera" party on Jan 14, 2016. Latin American cultures use that term to describe a (girl) child reaching adulthood. Activities included an historical video, an address by long-term friend of the Institute Dr. Frank O. Mora of Florida International University now and formerly the Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense for the Western Hemisphere; and with the cutting of the traditional "birthday" cake.
2015 Board of Visitors meeting
November's BoV meeting featured the Institute's focus on Human Rights education as well as on cooperation with other services and agencies, extending WHINSEC's effect beyond the classroom. The Board is a Federal Advisory Committee; its reports go to Congress and are publicly available on the U.S. government's website.
Instructors Learning New Methods
Institute instructors constantly strive to do more. Dr. Wes Smith of Army University at Fort Leavenworth, KS, led WHINSEC Master Instructors in Phase II of the Advanced Facilitation Skills Course to improve skills in Case and Problem-Based learning; Socratic Questioning; Electronic and Mobile Learning; and Learner Assessment. These all apply to the learner-centric, blended learning environment that is the Army Learning Model.
Leadership Development begins with Cadets
WHINSEC conducts six to eight Cadet Leadership Development Courses
per year, giving students a taste of U.S. Army life and equipment while they
work on leadership skills. The Summer iterations of the course always
include U.S. ROTC and West Point Cadets to begin learning a little Spanish,
experience other cultures, and start friendships that may extend for life.
USA TRADOC Educator of the Year
Chilean Army Col. Luis Cuellar has been named Educator of the Year for FY 2015 by U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command. Col. Cuellar served as an instructor for Command & General Staff Officer and Joint Operations Courses in WHINSEC's School of Professional Military Education. Praised by his supervisor as his all-time best instructor, Col. Cuellar earned his Master Instructor certification, was named WHINSEC's Educator of the Year, and (as an Artillery officer) was inducted into the Order of St. Barbara. He will be recognized for his TRADOC honor in a ceremony not yet scheduled.
Open and Transparent
Emphasizing the Institute's dedication to the idea of openness, WHINSEC hosted 26 visitors from St. Charles Borromeo Parish in New Jersey, St. Joseph's University in Pennsylvania, and from the Chicago, Illinois area in November. The visitors interacted with students, faculty and leaders to get answers to their questions.
WHINSEC FAST FACTS
Week of May 23-26, 2016
Five courses in session, 153 students from thirteen countries.
**Command & General Staff Officer Course (58 students) graduates Thursday, May 26, 10 a.m. with a ceremony in Marshall Auditorium, McGinnis-Wickam Hall, Fort Benning.**
Medical Assistance Course
(22 students) studies Airway Management, Thoracic Trauma, Shock, Vascular Access, and Battlefield Documentation & Communication.
Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC
(32 students) studies the Army Profession (Ethics), Democracy & the Armed Forces, Democracy & Human Rights, the Law of War; and conducts an initial Evaluation Exercise.
Intelligence Analysis of Transnational Operations Course
(24 students) studies Critical Thinking (Problem Solving), Map Reading, and Counter-Insurgency Theory Application.
Engineer Operations Course
(17 students) studies Implementing a Unit Waste Water Management Plan, Water Distribution Systems, and Construction Equipment Production Estimates.
*UN Peacekeeping Operations Course begins Wednesday with classes on Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Rape, the Profession of Arms values, and the Armed Forces & Democracy.