Western Hemisphere Institute
for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Leaders
WHINSEC Command Team
COL Michael P. Rogowski
COL Juan R. Villanueva
CSM Roberto H. Alvarez
Command Sergeant Major
CSM Flavio A. De Luna
International Command Sergeant Major
Mr. Robert Fuentes Jr.
Deputy Commandant: Law Enforcement, Training & Education
LTC Harry B. White
Chief of Staff
CPT Donovan C. Farmer
1SG Sidney Amurrio
HHC First Sergeant
Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation
Board of Visitors
The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) Board of Visitors (BoV) is a Federal Advisory Committee established by Congress under the provisions of Section 343 of Title 10, United States Code (U.S.C.), and the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended). The law calls for the Board to provide the Secretary of Defense, through the Secretary of the Army, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, and academic methods of the institute, other matters relating to the institute that the Board decides to consider, and other items that the Secretary of Defense determines appropriate. The 14-member Board includes representatives from the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, the Department of State, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, U.S. Southern Command, U.S. Northern Command, and six members appointed by the Secretary of Defense, which include, to the extent practicable, persons from academia, religious institutions, and human rights communities. The Board reviews curriculum to determine whether it adheres to current U.S. doctrine, complies with applicable U.S. laws and regulations, and is consistent with U.S. policy goals toward Latin America and the Caribbean, and to determine whether the instruction under the curriculum appropriately emphasizes human rights, the rule of law, due process, civilian control of the military, and the role of the military in a democratic society. The Board is required to meet at least once a year.
Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate (or his designee)
Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK)
Ranking Member, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. Senate (or his designee)
Hon. Adam Smith (D-WA 9)
Chairman, Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives (or his designee)
Hon. Austin Scott (R-GA 8)
Committee on Armed Services, U.S. House of Representatives (Designated by Ranking Member, HASC)
GEN Paul E. Funk II
Commanding General US Army Training and Doctrine Command
GEN Laura J. Richardson
Commander U.S. Southern Command
Gen. Glen D. VanHerck (USAF)
Commander, U.S. Northern Command
In Fiscal Year 2021, the Secretary of Defense directed the immediate suspension of all 42 Federal Advisory Boards to make way for the review as part of a push to align the efforts of such panels with the National Defense Strategy and other critical strategic priorities. WHINSEC’s Board of Visitors was recently approved by the Secretary to resume operations.
The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), which is responsible for all Army doctrine development and training, and its subordinate command, the Combined Arms Center (CAC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, exercise supervisory command and control of the institute. US Army centers and schools (under TRADOC) are responsible for providing up-to-date training support packages for all military operations related to courses taught at the WHINSEC. This policy ensures that all instruction is current, correct, and taught to DOD standards.
Because the WHINSEC supports both the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) in their security cooperation missions, the commanders participate directly in curriculum selection and periodic reviews.