WHINSEC CGSOC Graduates
WHINSEC's Command & General Staff Officer Course graduated May 22 at Fort
Benning. Fifty-eight officers from ten countries completed the course; ten earned the Master of Military Arts and Science degree and eight earned Master's degrees from Troy University. The year of study prepares officers to operate in full-spectrum environments as commanders and staff officers. U.S. students included Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officers and
WHINSEC's first Interagency student, a U.S. Marshal. International students
came from Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El
Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Panama.
Fast-Rope Rappelling from a UH-60 Blackhawk
Fast-rope rappelling from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is one of the many subjects these students in the Counterdrug Operations Course learn and practice. Each counterdrug course also goes to the Navy Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, for a week of riverine operations with NAVSCIATTS students.
WHINSEC leaders cut the cake during a celebration of the Institute's
13 years of service. With nearly 18,000 students from 36 countries in that
time, WHINSEC has established itself as a leader in Joint, Inter-agency and
Multinational education and training. Just in the past year, U.S. Army
Training and Doctrine command has named the Institute an 'Institution of
Excellence,' its Maneuver Captains Career Course has been certified for
attendance by U.S. Army captains, and the United Nations approved its
Peacekeeping Operations Course for UN Staff Officers.
Benavidez Hall Named on WHINSEC Campus
WHINSEC's Benavidez NCO Academy moved into Bldg 392 in 2010.
Now, the building itself has been named in honor of the late MSG Roy P.
Benavidez, who earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam in 1968. In that heroic
event, then SSG Benavidez went to the rescue of a unit being attacked, and
save at least eight fellow Soldiers while sustaining 37 separate wounds.
Benavidez went on to serve a total of 21 years in the active Army, and spent
his retirement years encouraging young people to get their education and to
pursue high goals. WHINSEC is proud to recognize this Hispanic hero for a
second time, and Fort Benning has Benavidez Hall to commemorate his
sacrifice for his country.
CGSOC in First Off-Site Exercise
The WHINSEC Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) Class of 13-14
conducted an eight-day-long Combined Forces Land Component Command Planning
Exercise at the MCoE Maneuver Battle Lab. The students, 45 U.S. and 17
internationals from all branches of service, applied classroom knowledge,
along with their own branch and service expertise, in such areas as
operational design, joint functions, and the Joint Operation Planning
Process(JOPP). Organized into two Joint Planning Groups, they incorporated
design framing, prepared staff estimates, and conducted all steps in JOPP to
develop a land operations plan to support a Joint Task Force (JTF) Concept
New Campus Update, January 2014
The Library, Translation Division, Staff & Faculty Development Division, and
the Engagement Skills Trainer have already moved into buildings on Baltzell
Avenue as WHINSEC transitions to its permanent campus. Most of the Institute
staff is now in Bldg 322, the Benavidez NCO Academy occupies Bldg 392, and
Bldg 316 (auditorium/large classroom) is open for events such as the 13th