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.
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.
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.
New Center, Better Learning Experiences
The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) is the Institute's newest organization, making the instructors who teach human rights, democratic principles, and ethics a team. These three subjects begin every course offered, not only for students of WHINSEC courses, but also for all instructors. In addition to the International Operational Law course, CHRD instructors support all courses on campus, assist sister organizations in the U.S. military and Partner Nations, and supervise the Field Studies Program, which exposes international students to U.S. cultural sites and activities. Inaugural activities included a proclamation signed by Institute leaders and Dr. Charles Blaha, a State Department official who spoke at the event.
Week of July 18-22, 2016
Four courses in session, 303 students from fifteen countries.
*Civil Affairs Operations Course begins Wednesday, July 20.*
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(65 students) studies the Legal System of the U.S., Legal Treatment of Detainees, Development of Organizations and Leaders, and Understanding of Diverse Cultures; conducts a staff ride to Andersonville National Historic Site (Civil War Prison Camp and POW/MIA Museum).
Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC
(32 students) has students issue Operations Orders for the Company in the Attack then execute the orders in the Close Combat Tactical Trainer; studies Defensive Operations (Golan Heights vignette), developing the battle area, Planning Engineer Obstacles, Counter-Mobility, the Enemy in the Offensive and Destruction of the Enemy Force.
NCO Professional Development Course
(41 students) and NCO Professional Development-English Course (10 students) conduct a Leadership Exam; study After-Action Reviews; Combating Stress; Troop-Leading Procedures; Plans, Orders and Annexes; Army Operations, Security Operations and Sustainment Operations.
Cadet Leadership Development Course 4-16
(155 students) conducts M16/M4 Marksmanship—Zeroing, Qualifying and Reflexive Fire; studies Troop-Leading Procedures, the Operational Environment, and Democracy and Human Rights.
*Civil Affairs Operations Course begins with an orientation to the course, classes on Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Rape, on Human Rights and Democracy, and on Democracy and the Armed Forces.