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Tuesday, May. 06, 2014

WHINSEC welcomes 5th commandant

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Col. Keith Anthony assumed command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation April 25, becoming only the fifth commandant in the 13-year history of the school.

Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commander of the Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, reviewing officer, passed the Institute's colors from Col. Glenn R. Huber Jr. to Anthony.

Anthony thanked Brown for the opportunity to command, and paid tribute to his predecessor, saying, "Col. Huber has done a superb job as the commandant in fostering WHINSEC's legacy. ... I have some big shoes to fill and I will continue to promote those initiatives, policies, and guidance towards a shared vision ... a vision that develops leaders capable of solving hemispheric security challenges, while at the same time, building productive and lasting relationships throughout the region."

Anthony comes to the Institute after commanding the U.S. Military Group in Nicaragua. He has served numerous assignments in the U.S., Europe, and in Central and South America.

A Special Forces branch officer, Anthony has attended many service schools, including the Command and General Staff Officer Course here at WHINSEC in 2003-2004. He stayed on as a tactics instructor after the course.

Huber took command of WHINSEC July 8, 2010, when WHINSEC was in temporary quarters along Richardson Circle. He was instrumental in establishing the Institute's permanent campus, and was asked to serve until that campus was operating.

With the dedication of the WHINSEC campus April 16, an eight-building complex that was Fort Benning's first hospital, that mission was accomplished.

Other achievements during Huber's tenure include the designation of WHINSEC as a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command "Institution of Excellence" in 2013, getting the Maneuver Captains Career Course WHINSEC accredited for U.S. Army captains, expanding ROTC and U.S. Military Academy participation in Cadet Leadership Development Courses and gaining United Nations acceptance of the Peace and Stability Operations for UN Staff Officer Course.

More than 5,100 students graduated from WHINSEC resident courses while Huber led the Institute.

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