WHINSEC Captains graduate, 13 earn German Army Proficiency Badge

An Australian officer teaching in the MCoE Captains Career Course offers guidance to the MCoE and WHINSEC students during a combined field exercise in August. (Photo by: Lee Rials)

An Australian officer teaching in the MCoE Captains Career Course offers guidance to the MCoE and WHINSEC students during a combined field exercise in August. (Photo by: Lee Rials)

By Lee Rials, Public Affairs, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation /

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Nov. 3, 2016) The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation’s Maneuver Captains Career Course Class completed 23 weeks of study with a graduation ceremony Nov 3. at the Institute.

Col. David G. Fivecoat, Director of the Training and Doctrine Directorate at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, addressed the students, urging them to make full use of what they learned, stay as physically fit as possible, and lead their units with enthusiasm.

A Panamanian police officer displays his German Armed Forces Gold Badge for Military Proficiency and certificate during presentations made following the graduation of WHINSEC’s Maneuver Captains Career Course. This officer was one of 30 from seven nations who completed the course. (Photo by Lee Rials)

A Panamanian police officer displays his German Armed Forces Gold Badge for Military Proficiency and certificate during presentations made following the graduation of WHINSEC’s Maneuver Captains Career Course. This officer was one of 30 from seven nations who completed the course. (Photo by Lee Rials)

The 30 students in the class represented seven nations:  Belize, Costa Rica and Panama in Central America, Colombia and Uruguay in South America, the Dominican Republic on the isle of Hispaniola in the Caribbean, and the United States.

During the ceremony, 13 students who had competed for and earned the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency during an event offered by the German Army Liaison team to MCoE received their badges and certificates.  (295 other Fort Benning Soldiers also earned the German badge.)

WHINSEC’s course is the same course as the MCoE offers (taught in Spanish) and uses classrooms in the Maneuver Center’s McGinnis-Wickam Hall next to the English-language courses. It is accredited by the Army’s Training & Doctrine Command so that U.S. Army Captains who speak Spanish and who may use the language in future assignments can attend.  Completion of the course satisfies their requirement for Military

Thirty officers from seven nations stand as the ceremony for their graduation from the Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC begins. (Photo by: Lee Rials)

Thirty officers from seven nations stand as the ceremony for their graduation from the Maneuver Captains Career Course-WHINSEC begins. (Photo by: Lee Rials)

Education Level “F” (MEL-F) certification.

Proving that language does not have to be a barrier to cooperation, WHINSEC’s students participated in a major field exercise with the MCoE students, and later a terrain-model exercise of rehearsing for a military operation.  The Institute’s Translation Division provided interpreters for both events.

Because the course is preponderantly non-U.S., there are some additional events during the six months to stress U.S. culture, customs and traditions especially emphasizing commitment to human rights and support for democracy.

The class began with study of human rights, ethics, and democratic values, and participated in several trips to various sites including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Ga, the Andersonville National Historic Site and Horseshoe Bend National Military Park.

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