The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation



January 17, 2001  
Veintiún años de servicio

The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) opened its doors on January 17, 2001, in Ridgway Hall, the original home of the U.S. Army’s Infantry School and headquarters of Fort Benning. 

Beginning in March 2004, the Institute adopted the Command and General Staff College’s (CGSC) instructional model, from the Combined Arms Center (CAC), in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.  

Con la transición del Fuerte Benning al Centro de Excelencia para Maniobras (MCoE) en 2008, WHINSEC se trasladó a los pabellones Collins, Lewis y Greene, con edificios modulares para albergar las aulas. En ese momento, se reorganizó en tres componentes o escuelas:

  • La Escuela de Educación Militar Profesional (SPME)
  • La Escuela de Estudios Especializados (SSS)
  • La Academia de Suboficiales Roy Benavidez (NCOA)  

In July 2010, the historic Station Hospital at Fort Benning became WHINSEC’s permanent campus. This was followed with state-of-the-art 21st Century classrooms in 2014. That year, the Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRD) was created to meet Combatant Command needs to provide partner nation leaders’ broader human rights instruction.   

As partner nations needs evolved, a Law Enforcement Agency (LEA) Deputy Commandant and Academic Dean were added to bring the Institute’s leadership to its current structure. 

In June 2020, the Faculty and Staff Development Division (FSDD) transitioned to the Center for Faculty and Staff Development (CFSD). This move helps standardize basic instructor qualifications with partner nations and expand WHINSEC’s ability to develop instructors throughout the Hemisphere.

Since 2001, WHINSEC has trained and educated more than 24,000 students—military, law enforcement, and civilian—representing 36 countries. Its students and faculty have earned 219 Master’s degrees, 141 through civilian university partnerships, and 78 Masters of Military Arts and Science (MMAS) through the Command and General Staff College of Fort Leavenworth, KS. The Institute respects each country’s unique culture and conducts dedicated independence celebrations for each partner nation, culminating with an annual International Festival.