After more than three years at Fort Benning, Col. Keith Anthony relinquishes command of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in front of Bradley Hall next week.
Col. Robert F. Alvaro takes over as the sixth commandant of the institute during a 9 a.m. Wednesday ceremony hosted by Bri. Gen. Eugene J. LeBoeuf, deputy commanding general and executive provost for academic affairs for Army University, Combined Arms Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Anthony has been selected to serve as the senior Department of Defense Advisor to the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
Alvaro arrives at the institute after an assignment at the Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies, a part of the National Defense University. He was an infantry officer during his early years as an officer but recently he has served as a foreign area officer in the region.
The institute opened at Fort Benning in January 2001 after the former School of the Americas closed in December 2000. The institute provides professional education and training to eligible military, law enforcement and civilian personnel from Western Hemisphere nations.
Students are taught from the rank of cadets to colonels in 15 courses at the institute. Courses run from three weeks to 47 weeks long, focusing on security requirements of the United States and partner nations. Since the institute opened, more than 20,000 professionals and cadets from 36 nations have taken courses.
Some of the courses include Civil Affairs Operations, International Operational Law, United Nations Peace Keeping Operations, Cadet Leadership Development, Command and General Staff Officer Course, the Maneuver Captains Career Course and others.
The ceremony is open to the public and an English-language event.
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