U.S. Mission News & Activities
WHINSEC celebrates 10 years of service to the Americas
January 14, 2011
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) celebrated 10 years of service to our nation in ceremonies at Fort Benning, Ga. Thursday (Jan. 13). The U.S. Ambassador to Brazil, Dr. Thomas Shannon , whose support of the institute was vital during his tenure as the Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, delivered the keynote speech at the festivities. The event was focused on the next decade, with a vision of fostering mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence, and cooperation among the participating nations and promoting democratic values, respect for human rights, increased interagency collaboration and development of international partnerships. WHINSEC was created in the FY 2001 NDAA, and opened on Jan. 17, 2001. During these ten years, more than 12,300 military, law enforcement and government civilians from 34 countries, most in the USSOUTHCOM AOR, have taken at least one of the Institute's professional courses from a faculty that includes U.S. uniformed and civilian personnel as well as partner-nation instructors. Democracy and Human Rights principles are taught to every student in every course, and then applied to the essential tasks of the subject matter in each course.