Argentine BG Agustin Cejas, Director of the National Military College, came to Fort Benning to address the graduating students of six WHINSEC courses on Thursday, Nov 15, at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center. This was a special event because it marked the return of Argentine students to the Institute; three Argentine cadets completed the Cadet Leadership Development Course. He then came to WHINSEC to learn about the Institute and to consider opportunities for collaboration. While at Fort Benning, he spent a day visiting the Maneuver Center of Excellence and several of its components, particularly the Henry Caro NCO Academy.
Colombian Army BG Robinson A. Ramírez charged the 26 students completing the Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC to get to the heart of their subordinates and help them find their intangible strengths they may not be aware of. He urged them to wear their crests (uniform device presented to each graduating student) with pride and be true ambassadors of the Institute. In addition to speaking at the MCCC-W graduation, BG Ramírez received a briefing about WHINSEC, provided a briefing on Colombian Army's Education and Doctrine Command, which he leads, and completes his visit to Fort Benning with visits to several MCoE facilities, including the Henry Caro NCO Academy.
In a WHINSEC tradition, visitors are met in front of the headquarters and are introduced to the leadership and staff. Here, BG Vicente Mota, Secretary General of the Conference of American Armies (CAA), meets the Institute's International Command Sergeant Major William Villacorta of Peru while WHINSEC's Deputy Commandant for Law Enforcement, COL Walter Navarro, salutes COL Juan Medina, Executive Secretary of the CAA. BG Mota took a few hours to get to know the Institute and to tell the Command & General Staff Officer Course students about the CAA before visiting other units on Fort Benning.
Peruvian Rear Admiral Roberto S. Jimenez Torreblanca addresses the students graduating from the Small Unit Leader Course, the Interagency Crisis Action Planning Course, and the Cadet Leadership Development Course--252 in all, representing 10 countries--at the Columbus Convention & Trade Center Thur, Aug 23. Admiral Jimenez gave the students inspirational words and later visited WHINSEC to learn how its courses may benefit his service, the Peruvian Navy. He is the Director of Peru's Naval Academy. (photo by Lee Rials)
Costa Rica's Director of National Police, COL Daniel Calderon (left) discusses his objectives in visiting WHINSEC with COL Robert Alvaro, WHINSEC Commandant. Calderon led a delegation of senior security personnel from Costa Rica to review courses at the Institute which may be useful to the services represented. The delegation got a detailed view of WHINSEC, visited its training areas, and also MCoE's Clarke Simulation Center.
Local Police Chief has International Influence
LaGrange Police Chief Louis Dekmar protects and serves a small Georgia city, but he has world-wide connections and influence as President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The IACP has been around since 1893, has 30,000 members in 150 countries, and is active in seeking new venues of service. Chief Dekmar came to WHINSEC and Fort Benning to become acquainted with what WHINSEC has to offer to law enforcement agencies from the Americas. In addition to seeing the Institute, Chief Dekmar was given a detailed tour of MCoE's Clarke Simulation Center. His productive visit identified opportunities for cooperation between WHINSEC and the IACP.
Jan 22-25, 2019
Four courses in session with 161 students from 11 countries.
Command & General Staff Officer Course, Class of 2018-2019
(67 students) studies Leader Functions, Interdependence of Special Forces and General Purpose Forces, Joint Fires, Joint Intel, Joint Sustainment, Joint Command & Control and Protection, and Integration of Joint Functions.
Medical Assistance Course
(24 students) studies Injections, Medical Administration, Skin Disease Primary Care, Basic Wound Primary Care, Advanced Wound Care, Respiratory and Orthopedic Primary Care.
Joint Interagency Operations Course
(32 students) studies Democracy and the Armed Forces, Democracy and Human Rights Awareness, the Basics of Foreign Policy, and Legal treatment of Captured persons; conducts a Field Studies Program trip to Atlanta.
Transnational Threat Network Intelligence Analyst Course
(28 students) studies Critical Thinking: Logic & Decisions, Assessments, and a Practical Exercise; Intelligence Disciplines; Intelligence Cycle; Evaluation of Intelligence; Map Reading; and Operational Terms & Graphics.