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WESTERN HEMISPHERE INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY COOPERATION

WESTERN HEMISPHERE INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY COOPERATION

WESTERN HEMISPHERE INSTITUTE
FOR SECURITY COOPERATION

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation was created in public law as a Department of Defense education facility, opening its doors in 2001.

It provides professional education and training to eligible persons of the nations of the Western Hemisphere, within the context of the democratic principles set forth in the Charter of the Organization of American States. The Institute is subordinate to the Combined Arms Center at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.

Missions include:  Educating current and future leaders; Fostering mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence and cooperation; and promoting democratic values, respect for human rights, and an understanding of U.S. customs and traditions.

Courses include a Command & General Staff Officer Course and a Maneuver Captains Career Course, both of which meet the essential qualifications for their U.S. officer students in their military education levels.  Fourteen other courses are also provided in residence, including four-week Cadet Leadership Development Courses. Summer iterations of the cadet courses include U.S. military cadets from ROTC, USMA, and potentially other service academies as well.

Faculty and staff are members of all branches of the armed services of the United States and other countries, other U.S. government agencies, civilian professors and visiting guest speakers and lecturers. This multi-service, multi-agency and multinational team has trained more than 16,000 students in the past 12 years. Students are military, law enforcement and government civilians from nations of the Organization of American States, including the U.S., Canada, and countries from the Caribbean.

To learn more about the Institute, go to http://www.benning.army.mil/tenant/whinsec.  WHINSEC also has a Facebook page.

The Institute is temporarily housed in the historic former officers’ quarters on Richardson Circle as its permanent campus in the old Station Hospital Complex on Baltzell Avenue is renovated.  Some buildings on the site have already been occupied, with an official opening expected in early 2014.

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