WHINSEC's Civil Affairs NCO, Sgt 1st Cl Raul Molina, discusses leadership issues as part of a U.S. Southern Command event titled "Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) Assessment and Professional Development." Molina was joined by another Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) NCO, two U.S. Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South (MARFORSOUTH), and one U.S. soldier from the New Mexico National Guard State Partnership Program in Costa Rica for a five day trilateral workshop to enhance NCO Core competencies and best practices for NCO corps and leadership development. Held at the Costa Rican National Police Academy in Guapiles, Costa Rica, the seminar included 37 Mid-level officers and Senior NCOs from Costa Rica and Panamanian security forces personnel. "It's important to share the experiences from the American NCO with our counterparts in Latin America to demonstrate that we value their leadership qualities and their initiative to grow their NCO corps," said Molina. "We're simply presenting our perspective from a doctrinal point of view. This will help them understand the importance of the NCO corps in their organizations."
BG Stephen Maranian, Provost of Army University, passes the WHINSEC colors to Col. John Dee Suggs, Jr., installing him as the seventh Commandant of the Institute. Col. Suggs replaced Col. Robert F. Alvaro, who is returning to the Washington area to serve on the staff of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies.
SGT Cynthia Salazar of the Belize Defence Force receives the plaque recognizing her as the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the NCO Professional Development Course-English from WHINSEC Commandant Robert F. Alvaro during the six-course combined graduation ceremony held in the Columbus Convention & Trade Center June 27th.
Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor of Troy University and WHINSEC Commandant COL Robert F. Alvaro jointly signed an Articulation Agreement allowing the transfer of graduate credit for WHINSEC students who are also pursuing a Master’s degree at Troy Tuesday, June 4. Dr. Steven Taylor, Dean of Troy’s College of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Martin Reyna, Assistant Dean of Academics at the Institute, joined in the signing.
Colombian Marine Maj. Gen. Oscar Hernandez, Chief, Headquarters of Development, Instruction and Naval Education (JINEN) begins his visit to WHINSEC by meeting the leadership, and here the International Command Sergeant Major Carlos Valle Gutierrez of Honduras. Maj. Gen. Hernandez led a delegation looking at training opportunities both at the Institute and at the Maneuver Center of Excellence. Then-Lt. Col. Hernandez was an instructor at WHINSEC in 2006-2007.
Major General Juan Pablo Amaya Kerguelen, Colombia’s Defense Attaché to the U.S., observes students in the Cadet Leadership Development Course during his visit to WHINSEC to meet with and address the Colombian cadets and the Colombian faculty of the Institute.
WHINSEC and all its people took a day at Uchee Creek to honor the 244th anniversary of the establishment of our country’s Army. Included was a great lunch of varied American fare, served by and to a very diverse group that works as a team to make our hemisphere safer and a “Zone of Peace!”
Aug 19-23, 2019
Four courses in session with 203 students from 13 countries.
The Command & General Staff Officer Course
(64 students) studies Evaluations of Theater Combatant Commands, Human Rights & Military Missions, Legal Treatment of Captured Personnel, Legal Use of Lethal & Non-Lethal Force, Fundamentals of Joint Operations & Unified Action, and the Profession of Arms (Ethics); conducts practical exercises to make Strategic Estimates.
Small Unit Leader Course
(32 students) conducts out-processing, an end-of-course survey and graduates on Thursday.
Interagency Crisis Action Planning Course
(13 students) conducts an Evaluated Group Presentation, an end-of-course survey, a cresting ceremony, and graduates on Thursday.
Cadet Leadership Development Course (94 students) conducts a Field Studies Program trip to Atlanta, an end-of-course survey, a Leadership Round Table, and graduates on Thursday.