FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation's Command & General Staff Officer Course Class of 2015-16 will honor the nations of its students in a Flag Ceremony.
The ceremony takes place at the Institute on Wednesday, July 15 at 1:45 p.m.
A student from each of the countries represented in the class will post his/her national flag in what has become a tradition in WHINSEC's longest and most prestigious course.
Following the ceremony in the WHINSEC Auditorium, there will be a class reception in the Atrium.
There are 56 students in the course representing 10 nations: Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and the U.S.A.
The 31 U.S. students come from the four military branches, including the Army Reserve and National Guard. The international contingent includes military and law enforcement leaders.
Costa Rican Colonel Walter Navarro will welcome the class to Fort Benning and to the Institute. Col. Navarro is a Partner-Nation Instructor at the Institute.
He has a long history with WHINSEC and the School of the Americas, having been a student and an instructor (including two stints as the Assistant Commandant, first with the School, then WHINSEC), and is now part of the Staff and Faculty Development Division, preparing instructors to teach.
The CGSOC is the Army's middle-management course, taught in its entirety in Spanish at WHINSEC. The Institute course mirrors the course taught at the Command & General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, KS.
The year of study is designed to educate intermediate-level Army, sister-service, and partner-nation officers to be prepared to operate in full-spectrum Army, joint, interagency, and multinational environments as field-grade commanders and staff officers.
U.S. military students attending the course receive MEL-4 and Joint Military Professional Education (JMPE) Phase 1 designation upon completion.