One of the patriarchs of WHINSEC
Commissioner(COL) Walter Navarro carries on the traditional removing and securing his office's nameplate upon successful completion of a total of 15 years of service as an ambassador representing the Costa Rican Security Forces at WHINSEC. (Photo Credit: Milton F. Mariani Rodríguez) VIEW ORIGINAL
A Patriach of the Institute says "hasta pronto (see you soon)."

FORT BENNING, GA - Today marks the last day here at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) for our first Deputy-Commandant for Police Affairs, Colonel Walter Navarro. He also served as a Partner Nation Instructor (PNI) and Director of Alumni Affairs at WHINSEC.

Throughout his 45 year career, Navarro spent 15 years total here as a student or an instructor.

"I first arrived at WHINSEC as a cadet, then returned for the Captains Career Course. Arrived back for Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC) and selected as an Instructor (a couple of times). During this time, a small stint as the Deputy Minister of Public Security back home in Costa Rica," jokingly says, Navarro.
He added, "Today, as I finish my mission at WHINSEC, I am leaving with mixed feelings. I am leaving my WHINSEC family, but with the satisfaction of having fulfilled my duty. I learned, instructed, and created and executed two important positions; the Deputy Commandant for Police Affairs, and Director of Alumni Affairs."
"For me, WHINSEC has been decisive for strengthening Democracy, Human Rights, and the professionalization of the Security Forces in the Western Hemisphere. I will always carry WHINSEC in mind and heart. Many blessings to all, and thank you for everything," concluded Navarro.

Tomorrow, Navarro returns to his family and home to finish his time in service left with the National Police in Costa Rica.