WHINSEC welcomes new international command sergeant major

Peruvian Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Villacorta inspects the saber May 5 as part of new his role as the WHINSEC international command sergeant major.

Peruvian Army Command Sgt. Maj. William Villacorta inspects the saber May 5 as part of new his role as the WHINSEC international command sergeant major.  (WHINSEC photo by Lee Rials)

By Lee Rials, WHINSEC Public Affairs /

FORT BENNING, Ga. – Two “firsts” were achieved May 5 when the first Peruvian Army senior enlisted advisor, William Villacorta, was installed as the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation International command sergeant major during the first Change of Responsibility ceremony at the Institute.

Brazilian Army Command Sgt. Maj. Lindomar Tabaczeniski passed the saber symbolizing the International command sergeant major’s responsibilities to WHINSEC Commandant, Col. Keith W. Anthony, who then put it in the hands of Command Sgt. Maj. Villacorta.

Tabaczeniski has completed his tour as an instructor and as the International command sergeant major. He will soon return to Brazil to be the senior enlisted advisor to a general officer in his native country.

Villacorta has served 32 years in Peru’s Army, starting as an electronic communications technician. He has held leadership positions in multiple units and at all levels, has been an instructor in multiple schools, and he has served as a United Nations Peacekeeper.

Brazilian Army Command Sgt. Maj Lindomar Tabaczeniski (left) passes the saber of responsibility to WHINSEC Commandant Col. Keith W. Anthony as he completes his tour as the Institute’s International Command Sergeant Major. Tabaczeniski was an instructor for several courses at the Institute before he was asked to take on the International command sergeant major duties in January. (WHINSEC photo by Lee Rials)

Brazilian Army Command Sgt. Maj Lindomar Tabaczeniski (left) passes the saber of responsibility to WHINSEC Commandant Col. Keith W. Anthony as he completes his tour as the Institute’s International Command Sergeant Major. Tabaczeniski was an instructor for several courses at the Institute before he was asked to take on the International command sergeant major duties in January. (WHINSEC photo by Lee Rials)

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