14th Anniversary Celebration
WHINSEC celebrated completion of 14 years of service in the
institute's auditorium Jan 15. More than 200 people, including leaders from
all the MCoE units and local supporters, watched a video of the Institute
from its inaugural ceremony in 2001 in Ridgway Hall to recent activities on
its new campus along Baltzell Avenue. Col (Ret) Richard D. Downie, the
institute's first commandant (2001-2004), was the featured speaker.
WHINSEC Board of Visitors Meets
The WHINSEC Board of Visitors, a federal advisory committee that
oversees Institute operations, met Fri, Nov 21. Commandant Col. Keith W.
Anthony presented an update on the year's activities, and members
representing USNORTHCOM, USSOUTHCOM, and the Department of State discussed
WHINSEC's roles and contributions to their organizations. Several citizens
attended the open meeting, with two of them addressing the board with
concerns and issues.
Partnering to Build Leaders
WHINSEC and MCoE partnered to bring in the Adaptive Soldier/Leader
Training and Education (ASLTE) Mobile Training Team from the Army's
Asymmetric Warfare Group, at Fort Meade, MD, recently to conduct the final
stage of training to implement the Army Learning Method 2015. Nineteen
WHINSEC training developers, including two partner nation instructors from
Jamaica and Belize, joined thirteen MCoE soldiers and civilians at the
Institute for the training.
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.
Border Patrol Leaders Review WHINSEC Courses
Four leaders of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC), a part of the
Border Patrol's Special Operations Group, visited WHINSEC, Jul 21-22, to
learn about the Institute and its courses. BORTAC is a "highly trained and
specially equipped tactical unit for specialized rapid response or
deliberate deployments to law enforcement situations and intelligence based
threats requiring special tactics. in defense of our national security."
The team also has a training responsibility, so its visit to the Institute
focused on courses that may support BORTAC's own training tasks.
TRADOC CG visits WHINSEC Captains
During a visit to MCoE, Gen. David Perkins stopped in to view an
Institute Maneuver Captains Career Course class. These classes, taught in
Spanish, are the same as are taught in the neighboring classrooms in
Maginnis-Wickam Hall, and include U.S. Army captains along with
Partner-Nation officers from around the region. WHINSEC offers one course
per year, always with 9-10 U.S. and 20 Partner-nation students.