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WHINSEC's Command & General Staff Officer Course graduated May 22 at Fort Benning. Fifty-eight officers from ten countries completed the course; ten earned the Master of Military Arts and Science degree and eight earned Master's degrees from Troy University. The year of study prepares officers to operate in full-spectrum environments as commanders and staff officers. U.S. students included Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine officers and WHINSEC's first Interagency student, a U.S. Marshal. International students came from Belize, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay and Panama.
Fast-Rope Rappelling from a UH-60 Blackhawk

Fast-rope rappelling from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter is one of the many subjects these students in the Counterdrug Operations Course learn and practice. Each counterdrug course also goes to the Navy Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School, Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, for a week of riverine operations with NAVSCIATTS students.
13th Anniversary

WHINSEC leaders cut the cake during a celebration of the Institute's 13 years of service. With nearly 18,000 students from 36 countries in that time, WHINSEC has established itself as a leader in Joint, Inter-agency and Multinational education and training. Just in the past year, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine command has named the Institute an 'Institution of Excellence,' its Maneuver Captains Career Course has been certified for attendance by U.S. Army captains, and the United Nations approved its Peacekeeping Operations Course for UN Staff Officers.
Benavidez Hall Named on WHINSEC Campus

WHINSEC's Benavidez NCO Academy moved into Bldg 392 in 2010. Now, the building itself has been named in honor of the late MSG Roy P. Benavidez, who earned the Medal of Honor in Vietnam in 1968. In that heroic event, then SSG Benavidez went to the rescue of a unit being attacked, and save at least eight fellow Soldiers while sustaining 37 separate wounds. Benavidez went on to serve a total of 21 years in the active Army, and spent his retirement years encouraging young people to get their education and to pursue high goals. WHINSEC is proud to recognize this Hispanic hero for a second time, and Fort Benning has Benavidez Hall to commemorate his sacrifice for his country.
CGSOC in First Off-Site Exercise
The WHINSEC Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) Class of 13-14 conducted an eight-day-long Combined Forces Land Component Command Planning Exercise at the MCoE Maneuver Battle Lab. The students, 45 U.S. and 17 internationals from all branches of service, applied classroom knowledge, along with their own branch and service expertise, in such areas as operational design, joint functions, and the Joint Operation Planning Process(JOPP). Organized into two Joint Planning Groups, they incorporated design framing, prepared staff estimates, and conducted all steps in JOPP to develop a land operations plan to support a Joint Task Force (JTF) Concept Plan.
New Campus Update, January 2014

The Library, Translation Division, Staff & Faculty Development Division, and the Engagement Skills Trainer have already moved into buildings on Baltzell Avenue as WHINSEC transitions to its permanent campus. Most of the Institute staff is now in Bldg 322, the Benavidez NCO Academy occupies Bldg 392, and Bldg 316 (auditorium/large classroom) is open for events such as the 13th Anniversary celebration.

WHINSEC Current Facts, as of April 14, 2014
Two courses in session, 116 students from 11 countries.

WHINSEC Course Highlights for the week of 14 - 18 April 2014:

Three courses begin this week:
Cadet Leadership Development (four weeks)
Civil Affairs Operations (five weeks)
Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC (23 weeks)

Command & General Staff Officer Course
(62 students) studies Command and Adaptability; People's Revolutionary War: Mao and the Chinese Experience; Nuclear Warfare and Containment; Reflections on Organizational Leadership; and Korea: Rebirth of Limited War.

NCO Professional Development Course
(54 students) conducts a Field Studies Program to Atlanta; studies Urban Operations, Information Operation Capabilities, Coordination of Civil Affairs-Civil Military Operations, Stability Operations and Sustainment Operations.

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