FORT BENNING, GA – The U. S. Army Combined Arms Center (CAC), Commanding General, LTG James E. Rainey, visited the Western Hemisphere for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) on Tuesday, May 12th. The honor of Rainey's visit correlated, with the U.S. Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) announcement of WHINSEC, MAJ Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Adelton Ferreira Dias, selected as the TRADOC Instructor of the Year.
Rainey visited the Institute to observe how WHINSEC has adapted training to meet COVID19 precautionary guidance. Colonel John D. Suggs Jr., WHINSEC Commandant, briefed the adjustments made by the schools to achieve the Institute's mission – to train one ethical leader at a time. Rainey viewed how the majority of courses shifted to distance learning models by using video and content sharing applications. The remaining two courses requiring in-person instruction, secured social distancing, use of masks, and other recommended prevention protocols.
"You got to lead well, and you got to be able to develop other people, and you are absolutely doing both. You are educating them, but you are also teaching them about leadership and how to develop other leaders," said Rainey. He added, "Next time I come down here, I want to know what else you figured out to do and how to be great at it."
Simultaneously, TRADOC announced the results of the TRADOC Instructor of the Year. WHINSEC former partner nation instructor, Brazilian Marine Corps Lieutenant Commander (Major) Dias, (2018-2020) School of Leadership and Tactics (SLT), Chief of the Tactics Division, was named TRADOC Instructor of the Year, in the Officer category.
"My expectations when I arrived at WHINSEC in 2018 was very high. I knew it would be a great opportunity to improve myself personally and professionally. WHINSEC is a very unique and challenging Institute," said Dias.
During his tenure at the Institute, Dias led four courses under SLT. He also provided instruction for the Joint Disaster Response Techniques, Counter Transnational Threat, Medical Assistance, Transnational Threat Network Intelligence Analysis, and the Medical Assistance Courses in the area of Human Rights and Democracy.
Dias added, "It is a great responsibility, WHINSEC not only creates realistic conditions to improve the security in the Western Hemisphere but also highlights the importance of democracy and human rights during the process."
When notified of Dias' achievement during his visit, Rainey commented, "It's a big deal, TRADOC Instructor of the Year!" Dias, returned to Brazil in February. Recognition and award presentation to be announced.