By Lee A. Rials, WHINSEC PAOJuly 15, 2010
FORT BENNING, Ga. -A,A The Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation welcomed a new commandant, COL Glenn R. Huber Jr., in a July 8 ceremony outside Ridgway Hall.
LTG Robert Caslen, commander of U.S. Army Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kan., hosted the ceremony and passed WHINSEC's colors to Huber, who is the fourth commandant in its 9.5-year history. USACAC is WHINSEC'S higher headquarters.
Huber is no stranger to WHINSEC. He served as a department director and instructor for WHINSEC in 2001. He is returning from Iraq, where he served as the chief of staff, Iraq Security Assistance Mission, U.S. Forces-Iraq. He has served in various positions in the regional partner nations of Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua.
While in Iraq, Huber said, he thought about the similarities between Iraq and the WHINSEC mission.
"Building partner-nation capability and seeking greater security cooperation are as inherent to our collective good over there as it is in this hemisphere," Huber said. "However, I've been around and in numerous places in this hemisphere to understand that it takes long-term commitment and patience to build toward this collective good. This is something that cannot be accomplished in weeks, months, or even years, but more likely decades."
The outgoing commandant is COL Felix L. Santiago. During his tenure, student attendance increased more than 30 percent. He sent mobile training teams to partner nations when requested. He increased the ratio of partner students to U.S. students in the Command and General Staff Officer Course. WHINSEC's only yearlong course now has 21 students from other countries, up from the 15 who graduated from the course in May.
Immediately following the change of command, Santiago was honored upon his retirement from active duty and for a career that spanned more than 30 years. Santiago was recalled to active duty and will report to duty with multinational forces in Afghanistan, as a liaison to the Pakistan Ministry of Defense.