• Lt. Col. Victor Green (Right), 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class visit to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 2006.  Green at the time was attending resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga.

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (Right), 412th Theater...

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (Right), 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class visit to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. in 2006. Green at the time was attending resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort...

  • Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class trip to the Naval Museum in Columbus, Ga., in 2006. Green at the time was attending resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning.

    Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer...

    Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class trip to the Naval Museum in Columbus, Ga., in 2006. Green at the time was attending resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning.

  • Lt. Col. Victor Green (Second from Right), 412th Theater Engineer Command, with classmates at a reception at the InterAmerican Defense University in 2006. Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation atFort Benning, Ga.

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (Second from Right)...

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (Second from Right), 412th Theater Engineer Command, with classmates at a reception at the InterAmerican Defense University in 2006. Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for...

  • Lt. Col. Victor Green (third from left), 412th Theater Engineer Command, visits the Peace Keeping Operations Institute in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga.

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (third from left), 412th...

    Lt. Col. Victor Green (third from left), 412th Theater Engineer Command, visits the Peace Keeping Operations Institute in Rio de Janeiro in 2006. Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security...

  • Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class visit to the Brazilian War College in 2006.  Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga.

    Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer...

    Lt. Col. Victor Green, 412th Theater Engineer Command, during a class visit to the Brazilian War College in 2006. Green at the time was attending the resident ILE course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Panamian Partner Nation Instructor, Lt. Col. Erik Estrada (to Satterfield's left) with cadets from the LDR-1 Course at Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012. Satterfield was in Benning to deliver a speech about leadership to the graduates at the Western Hemisphere Institute of Security Cooperation.

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy...

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and Panamian Partner Nation Instructor, Lt. Col. Erik Estrada (to Satterfield's left) with cadets from the LDR-1 Course at Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012. Satterfield...

  • Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, participates in the celebration of Paraguay's Independence Day during a visit to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012. Speaking at the podium is Maj. Paul Nuñez, Partner Nation Instructor from Paraguay.

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy...

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, participates in the celebration of Paraguay's Independence Day during a visit to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, Ga., May 15...

  • Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and WHINSEC personnel, Col. Glenn Huber, Cmdt; Capt. David Arroyo, Ch, Cbt Svc Spt Div; Col. Ibarra; Master Sgt. Eric Gongora, Partner Nation instructor from Belize; Master Sgt. Easton Douglas, PNI from Jamaica; Sgt. 1st Class Raul Delgado, Operations NCO for the School of Specialized Studies.

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy...

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, and WHINSEC personnel, Col. Glenn Huber, Cmdt; Capt. David Arroyo, Ch, Cbt Svc Spt Div; Col. Ibarra; Master Sgt. Eric Gongora, Partner Nation instructor from Belize...

  • Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield addresses the combined graduating classes of Civil Affairs Operations Course, Engineer Operations Course, and Cadet Leadership Development Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield addresses the...

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield addresses the combined graduating classes of Civil Affairs Operations Course, Engineer Operations Course, and Cadet Leadership Development Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning...

  • Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, addresses the combined graduating classes of Civil Affairs Operations Course, Engineer Operations Course and Cadet Leadership Development Course at Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy...

    Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, addresses the combined graduating classes of Civil Affairs Operations Course, Engineer Operations Course and Cadet Leadership Development Course at Western Hemisphere...

  • Lt. Col. Erik Estrada, Partner Nation Instructor from Panama; Col. Ibarra; Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with a  Civil Affairs Course graduate from Colombian police at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Lt. Col. Erik Estrada, Partner Nation...

    Lt. Col. Erik Estrada, Partner Nation Instructor from Panama; Col. Ibarra; Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with a Civil Affairs Course graduate from Colombian police at the Western Hemisphere Institute...

  • Sgt. 1st Class Jose De Jesus, Engineer Instructor; Col. Salvador Ibarra, Asst. Cmdt, Mexican Army; Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with an Engineer Operations Course graduate from Brazil at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Sgt. 1st Class Jose De Jesus, Engineer...

    Sgt. 1st Class Jose De Jesus, Engineer Instructor; Col. Salvador Ibarra, Asst. Cmdt, Mexican Army; Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with an Engineer Operations Course graduate from Brazil at the Western...

  • Col. Ibarra applauds as Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, presents a certificate to 1st. Sgt. Juan Quimbiulco, Partner Nation Instructor from Ecuador, as the Top Instructor for the Cadet Course at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Col. Ibarra applauds as Brig. Gen. Douglas...

    Col. Ibarra applauds as Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, presents a certificate to 1st. Sgt. Juan Quimbiulco, Partner Nation Instructor from Ecuador, as the Top Instructor for the Cadet Course at the...

  • Col. Ibarra, Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with a Colombian cadet in the Cadet Course, Sgt. 1st Class Juan Rodriguez, Civil Affairs instructor, at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Ga., May 15, 2012.

    Col. Ibarra, Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield...

    Col. Ibarra, Brig. Gen. Douglas Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, with a Colombian cadet in the Cadet Course, Sgt. 1st Class Juan Rodriguez, Civil Affairs instructor, at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security...

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Brig. Gen. Douglas R. Satterfield, deputy commander, 412th Theater Engineer Command, had the pleasure to engage with U.S. and international military and law enforcement officers during a recent invite to address graduates at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation May 15, 2012.

Satterfield, addressing an audience that combined graduating classes of the Civil Affairs Operations Course, Engineer Operations Course and the Cadet Leadership Development Course, spoke about how leadership is the key to ensuring that we have the right military and police leaders to help carry on with our democratic traditions.

The 412th TEC deputy commander also referenced the importance of building, sustaining and reinforcing positive relationships with our friends and allies in the region, given WHINSEC's large and diverse student body from countries throughout the Western Hemisphere.

The institute's student population averages about 1,000 a year and represents military, law enforcement, and governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Lt. Col. Victor Green, who attended the Intermediate Level Education course at WHINSEC from 2006-2007, spoke of the chance to learn and work alongside counterparts from Canada, the Carribean and Latin America.

"It was a great opportunity to share military and personal experiences in an educational environment with officers from other countries and services. I learned how to operate in a joint and combined environment, learned how officers from other countries conduct operations, and travel abroad to participate in training events," he said.

"We visited the Peace Keeping Operations Institute Headquarters located in Rio de Janeiro and participated in a three-day Peace Keeping Operations STAFFEX. We also visited their War College Institute and visited an Airborne Brigade, all in one week," he said.

But when it's all said and done, Green articulated that it boils down to learning from each others' experience and sustaining positive relations with fellow officers from neighboring countries.

"It's the opportunity to share diversity and the camaraderie that is developed during the course of a year that last a lifetime," he said.

Green is currently assigned to the 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, Miss.

WHINSEC is located Fort Benning and is a Department of Defense facility under the direction of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

The institute's mission is to provide professional education and training to military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel of the Western Hemisphere within the context of the democratic principles of the Organization of the American States; fosters mutual knowledge, transparency, confidence, and cooperation among participating nations; and promotes democratic values, respect for human rights, and knowledge and understanding of US customs and traditions.

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