Dozens of troops graduate from WHINSEC at Fort Benning

Dozens of students graduate from WHINSEC

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Troops from all over the western hemisphere gathered at Fort Benning this morning to celebrate their graduation from WHINSEC.

128 students, representing a total of 13 countries in Central and South America, took courses in subjects including joint operations, UN peacekeeping operations and intelligence analysis.

Several of the proud graduates speaking today on what's next for their careers.

"I think the most important thing here is the relationship, the friendship and the partnership we created here," Lt. Col. Melvin Flores said, with the Honduran Army.

WHINSEC, which is formerly known as the school of the Americas opened in 2001.

Human rights organizations and protest groups have criticized the academy for training students who later committed human rights abuses.

Following Thursday's ceremony, all the graduates will return to their respective forces and agencies and train other soldiers using the skills learned at WHINSEC.

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