After getting a new campus, WHINSEC gets new commander

chwilliams@ledger-enquirer.comApril 25, 2014 

ROBIN TRIMARCHI Col. Keith Anthony, center, accepts the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation colors from Lt. Gen. Robert Brown during Change of Command ceremonies at WHINSEC Friday. Anthony leaves as commander of the U.S. Military Group in Nicaragua to assume command of WHINSEC from Col. Glenn Huber, right. Brown, a former MCoE commanding general, is currently the Commanding General for the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 04.25.14


After three years and nine months, Col. Glenn R. Huber relinquished command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation Friday morning to Col. Keith W. Anthony.

Huber, who is retiring from the U.S. Army after 30 years, has led a transition to a new campus in the old post hospital and former National Infantry Museum on Fort Benning.

The institute was in temporary buildings when he took command and recently moved into the renovated facility and permanent campus on Main Post.

Nearly four years in a command position is a long time, said Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, former Benning commander who is now commander of Combined Arms Center and Fort Leavenworth. Huber was asked to serve until the new campus opened.

“I was put in the driver’s seat and had to figure out which way was the best to go,” Huber said in his farewell remarks.

WHINSEC educates and trains soldiers, police and other law enforcement from countries that stretch from Canada to Chile.

“What gets offered here at Fort Benning can not be replicated,” Huber said.

Brown praised Huber and his wife Norma.

“In 26 years, they have had 16 moves,” Brown said. “And we are not just talking about moving down the street. They have moved around the world.”

Prior to coming to WHINSEC, Huber was chief of staff for the Iraq Security Assistance Mission. He had previously served at WHINSEC.

While commanding the institute, more than 500 students have graduated form resident courses.

Anthony comes to WHINSEC following command of the U.S. military group in Nicaragua. He is a Special Forces command officer who is fluent in four foreign languages — Russian, Spanish, German and Portuguese.

“Keith is extremely qualified to take this command,” Brown said, pointing to his Special Forces training and diplomatic skills.

Anthony made brief remarks to close the 45-minute ceremony, saying he welcomed the opportunity to command the institute.

Anthony was at WHINSEC in 2003-2004 where he attended the Command and General Staff Officer course and briefly served as an instructor.

He is an ROTC graduate of Austin Peay University in Tennessee.

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