Maneuver Center of Excellence Foreign Service LNOs collaborate with WHINSEC
By Dialogo April 04, 2014
The last week of March marked the first time ever that the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCoE) and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) participated jointly in a Command and General Staff Officers Course (CGSOC) training exercise.
Training was conducted at MCoE’s state-of- the-art Maneuver Battle Lab (MBL), which is part of the Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID). This year was the crawl phase for an ongoing endeavor that leverages emerging technology and promotes international cooperation and integration between the two institutions.
Successful integration efforts will set favorable conditions with Partner Nations (PN) and MCoE Foreign Service LNOs for future streamlined execution of the following WHINSEC CGSOC Advanced Operations Course (AOC) exercises: O199 Combined Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) Planning, O320 Planning Major Combat Operations at the Division level, O399 Executing Major Combat Operations at the Division level, and O420 Planning for Stabilization Operations.
Colonel Glenn R. Huber, Jr., Commandant of WHINSEC, is pleased to see part of his command vision come to fruition with the integration of external resources and personnel into the training and exercise scheme of the CGSOC academic curriculum as he nears the end of his tenure at the US Army’s only accredited graduate degree awarding bilingual institute for specialized military education.
Coloner Huber stated that the exercise was able to achieve one of his primary objectives of maximizing the personal operational experiences of the MCoE LNOs, thus facilitating a better and broader understanding for the 62 students attending the course for the 2013-2014 academic year and enriching the value of this part of the course for all involved.
The student body consists of 45 U.S. field grade officers from all branches of service (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines) and 17 PN field grade officers from nine partner countries, including Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Dominican Republic and Colombia.
Lieutenant Colonel Guillermo A. Ventura, Director of the School of Professional Military Education (SPME) stated, “Lieutenant Colonel Guy Wallis, from the United Kingdom, and Lieutenant Colonel José Robles-Rodríguez, from Spain, played key roles as ‘Mentors’ and ‘Evaluators’ in the different warfighting functions (WfF) in the Current Operations Integration Cell (COIC) of the division Mission Command Post and BLUEFORCE Brigades.
They provided SPME with invaluable courseware feedback that will allow us to reinforce the quality of education we are providing for the Advanced Operations Courses (AOC) blocks of instruction.”
The fledgling process will serve as a base for developing a MCoE LNO staff integration program into the training and exercise scheme for future academic years. It will also foster strategic long-term interoperability/ capabilities of coalition forces with Partner Nations in today's operational asymmetric joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational (JIIM) environment.
Well done Major Mario Castillo, I think that your training will be of utmost importance at this level. Congratulations. Congratulations to Major Mario Castillo. Your career is definitely moving forward and you are a Guatemalan official who has known how to make the most of it. This is one accomplishment of many to come, I'm sure. And I know that your efforts will not be in vain. We are proud!!!!!