2001-2017 Sixteen years completed
A small ceremony of toasts and the cutting of a cake marked the completion of sixteen years for the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The youngest and oldest U.S. employees and the youngest and oldest partner-nation employees joined the command group in doing the honors to the Institute.
CGSOC Class of 2016 graduates
The Command & General Staff Officer Course Class of 2016, pictured here as they began the year of study, graduated May 29 in Marshall Auditorium. This class featured 58 military and law enforcement officers from ten countries: Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and the U.S.A.
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 Feb 13-17, 2017
173 Students from 17 countries
*Defense Resource Management and Logistics Course begins Tuesday, and Countering Transnational Threats Course begins Wednesday.*
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(64 students) concludes Operational Planning Exercise and conducts an exercise in the Fort Benning Battle Lab on the Preparation and Execution of Military Operations.
Medical Assistance Course
(11 students) studies Casualty Movement, Trauma Scenarions (Hemorrhage Control, Airway, Thoracic Trauma), Head Injuries with Traumatic Brain Injury, Ocular Injuries, Abdominal Trauma, Burn Complications, Spinal Injuries and Musculoskeletal Trauma.
Joint Operations Course
(30 students) studies Special Operating Forces and Special Operations; Operations in Cyberspace; Strategic and Operational Sustainment; and Operational Art and Design.
Intelligence Analysis of International Operations Course
(24 students) conducts a Field Studies Program trip to Atlanta, studies Identifying Threat Objectives, End States and Courses of Action; and Developing, Evaluating and Prioritizing Threat Courses of Action.
Small Unit Leader Course
(27 students) studies NCO Evaluations, Prevention of Sexual Harassment and Rape, Effects of Culture, Ethical Problem Solving, Military Justice and Discipline, Resilience, Suicide Prevention for Junior Leaders, NCO Education Initiatives, and Training Management.
UN Peacekeeping Operations Course
(17 students) conducts a Field Studies Program trip to Atlanta, receives classes on Democracy & Human Rights, Strategic Overview of Peacekeeping Operations, and the Establishment and Functioning of a UN Peacekeeping Operation.
Defense Resource Management and Logistics Course begins with classes on Prevention of Sexual Harassment & Rape, the Armed Forces & Democracy, Democracy & Human Rights, the Profession of Arms (Values), the Operational Environment, Introduction to the Research Project, and The Foundation of Foreign Circles of Power.
Countering Transnational Threats Course begins with an orientation to the Institute and the course, and in-processing requirements.