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.
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 Aug 22-26, 2016
Seven courses in session, 334 students from twenty-one countries.
**Four courses: NCOPD & NCOPD-E, Civil Affairs Operations, and UN Peacekeeping Operations graduate Thursday, Aug 25**
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(66 students) studies Ethical Duties, Organizational Leadership, and Armed Forces in a Democracy; conducts Command Post of the Future (CPoF) exercise in the Battle Simulation Center, and a Field Studies Program trip to the "Little White House," Warm Springs, GA.
Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC
(32 students) conducts a week-long Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Fort Benning training areas.
NCO Professional Development Course
(41 students) and NCO Professional Development-English Course (10 students) conduct final evaluations, graduate Thursday.
Civil Affairs Operations Course
(14 students) conducts Evaluated Culmination Scenario student presentations, graduates Thursday.
UN Peacekeeping Operations Course
(15 students) conducts a three-day Contemporary PKO Seminar, graduates Thursday.
Cadet Leadership Development Course 5-16
(156 students) studies the Operational Environment, Troop Leading Procedures and Democracy & Human Rights; conducts Marksmanship training: Zeroing, Qualification and Reflexive Fire.