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.
Salvadoran Army Captain is TRADOC Officer Instructor of the Year
Captain Rafael Monterrosa, a Partner Nation Instructor at WHINSEC is TRADOC's choice as Officer Instructor for 2016. Monterrosa, an El Salvador Army officer, is Course Director and primary instructor for the Institute's Cadet Professional Development Course, where young men and women from military schools around the hemisphere get to practice leadership skills in field situations. Here he is receiving recognition as WHINSEC's Officer Instructor of the Year; he will be honored by TRADOC in August, along with the instructor winners in other categories.
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 Apr 24-28, 2017
173 Students from 15 countries.
**”No Boundaries III” Combined Graduation of the Countering Transnational Threats, Senior Enlisted Advisor, Civil Affairs Operations, and International Operational Law courses, Thur, Apr 27, at the Institute.**
*Medical Assistance Course 2-17 begins Tuesday.*
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(66 students) prepares the classrooms for Elective classes and conducts a Counter-Insurgency Seminar led by Troy University.
Countering Transnational Threats Course
(60 students) conducts out-processing procedures, an End-of-Course Survey and graduates on Thursday.
Senior Enlisted Advisor Course
(6 students) ) hears a guest speaker on Leadership, conducts an End-of-Course Survey, a Cresting Ceremony, and graduates on Thursday.
Civil Affairs Operations Course
(21 students) conducts Evaluated Group Presentations, a Course Evaluation, End-of-Course Survey, Cresting Ceremony, and graduates on Thursday.
International Operational Law Course
(20 students) studies Rules of Engagement, conducts an End-of-Course Survey and Student Presentations, and graduates on Thursday.