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.
These flags represent the WHINSEC personnel and their families who contributed booths and entertainment at the Tri-City Latino Festival in September, 2015. Participants represented countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
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 February 1-5, 2016
Three courses in session, 107 students from eleven countries.
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(58 students) conducts a Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) studies Mission Command and Tactical Operations; integration and execution of Close Air Support; Operational Planning; and the Command Post of the Future.
Medical Assistance Course
(17 students) studies Basic Life Support, Battlefield Medicine, Controlling Bleeding, and Airway Management.
Joint Operations Course
(32 students) studies Armed Forces and Democracy; Understanding the Mission Environment; Power and Strategy; Organization and Functions of the U.S. Dept of Defense and of national Defense Ministries; and conducts a Human Rights study trip to Andersonville National Historic Site.