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 Oct 24-28, 2016
Seven courses in session, 321 students from 14 countries.
Command & General Staff Officer Course
(66 students) Practical Exercise in the use of Force; “Past as Prologue: War in the Modern World study; Developing, Analyzing and Selecting Courses of Action to produce Orders; and studies of Theory of Negotiation.
Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC
(32 students) studies Stability Operations, takes elective classes, conducts out-processing procedures, and visits the National Infantry Museum.
Countering Transnational Threats Course 2-16
(40 students) studies Patrolling, Urban Operations and Airmobile Operations.
NCO Professional Development Course 2-16
(42 students) studies Reconstitution, Consolidation, and Reorganization of units and Using Terrain Tables; conducts a two-day CAPSTONE computer simulation exercise.
Intelligence Analysis of Transnational Operations Course
(28 Students) studies Matrix Analysis, Link Analysis, Tactical Intel Packages (TIP), Telecommunications Analysis, Identifying High Value Targets, and Enemy Courses of Action; conducts a Field Studies Program Trip to Atlanta.
Small Unit Leader Course
(16 students) studies Application of the Law of War to Small Unit Combat Operations, Combat Orders; Casualty Evacuation, Tactical Site Exploitation and the History of the NCO; conducts a Leadership Exam, a Training Exam, and Land Navigation.
Cadet Leadership Development Course
(97 students) studies Team Building, Leadership Traits and Behaviors, Developing a Fitness Plan, and Map Reading; conducts U.S. Weapons Familiarization and Mechanical Training, MSTC Lanes, Combat Water Survival Training, and Day and Night Land Navigation.