July 14, 2018 —
Panama City, Panama – Special operations forces from 19 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2018 in Panama City, Panama, July 16-26.
Special operations military and police forces from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and the U.S will compete to claim the title of Fuerzas Comando champion. The opening ceremony for the 14h Fuerzas Comando exercise will kick off the competition on July 16 at the Instituto Superior Policial, Panama.
The grueling nine-day competition will test the elite forces in areas such as physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, aquatic skills and tactical capabilities. The exercise concludes with an award ceremony to recognize the top team on each category during the closing ceremony, July 26.
A Senior Leader Seminar will take place simultaneously during the competition. This year, senior military and government officials from more than 20 nations will gather in Panama City, July 23-25, to discuss opportunities to enhance regional and hemispheric cooperation and transnational, transregional threat networks, and the impact those threats have in regional security and stability.
Both the exercise and Senior Leader Seminar strengthen regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness and interoperability of special operations forces in the Western Hemisphere.
Panama is the host of this year’s competition and Senior Leader Seminar, which is sponsored by the United States Southern Command, headquartered in Miami, Fla. Special Operations Command South, headquartered at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., is the lead U.S. executing command for the exercise. SOCSOUTH serves as the special operations component for U.S. Southern Command.