Col. Glenn Huber Jr. to retire after three decades

benw@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 14, 2014 

Mike Haskey/mhaskey@ledger-enquirer.comCol. Glenn R. Huber Jr., commandant of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, gives his remarks Thursday morning during a program marking the organization's thirteen years of service at Fort Benning.


Col. Glenn Huber Jr., the commandant of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation at Fort Benning, is retiring from the Army after three decades of service.

A change of responsibility ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. April 23 at the institute. Huber will turn over the duties to Col. Keith W. Anthony, who recently served as the commander of the U.S. Military Group in Nicaragua.

Huber has served nearly four years at the institute after arriving in July 2010. He is the fourth commandant of the institute since it opened in January 2001 as a Department of Defense education facility. The former School of the Americas operated at Fort Benning for 16 years before it closed in December 2000.

The institute is responsible for training eligible military, law enforcement and civilian personnel from the Western Hemisphere. With a budget of about $10.8 million, the institute will train about 1,575 students for this fiscal year.

After entering the Army 24 years ago, Anthony was assigned as platoon leader and executive officer of an anti-tank company with the 199th Infantry Brigade at Fort Lewis, Wash. In 1994, he graduated from the Infantry Officer's Advanced Course and completed Special Forces training before he was assigned to the 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Since 1997, he has served as a senior fellow at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany, a terrorist options specialist in Votkinsk, Russia, and an operations officer in Iraq.

He served as an instructor at the institute at Fort Benning, an adviser along the Ecuador-Colombia border and as the Army section chief in Guatemala.

His military education includes Ranger School, Special Forces Officer Qualification Course, the Army Command and General Staff College, the Joint and Combined Warfighting School and the Brazilian Superior War College.

Other than English, Anthony is fluent in four languages. He speaks Russian, Spanish, Portuguese and German.

Some of this awards include the Bronze Star, two defense Meritorious Service Medals, Army Commendation Medal and other honors.

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