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Fuerzas Comando 2012

EX Fuerzas Comando 2012 was a military skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams in the Western Hemisphere.  The event was hosted by Colombia from June 6 – 14 in Bogota.  Security forces from 21 countries, including the United States, took part in the challenging contest, which promotes military-to-military relationships, increased interoperability and improved regional security.  The Colombian team finished in first place.

 
TOLEMAIDA, Colombia (June 7, 2012) -- A competitor from Chile participates in the rifle qualification event at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida.
TOLEMAIDA, Colombia (June 7, 2012) -- A competitor from Chile participates in the rifle qualification event at the Colombian National Training Center in Fort Tolemaida.

Overview

The Colombian military hosted EX Fuerzas Comando 2012 with U.S. Special Operations Command South serving as the lead U.S. military organization for coordination of this U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored exercise.  Colombia claimed the championship, while Ecuador took second place and Uruguay earned a third place finish.

Military, law enforcement and civilian personnel from the participating nations (see list below) took part in the competition. 
 
EX Fuerzas Comando 2012 tested the participants’ physical and psychological endurance through many obstacles both on land and in water. It included two parts: a multinational special operations skills competition and a Senior Leader Seminar.
 
Each participating nation sent an assault team, a sniper team, and one evaluator to participate in the skills competition, and two distinguished visitors to take part in the Senior Leader Seminar.  About 700 military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel from the participating nations took part at the peak of the exercise.
 
Nations competing in EX Fuerzas Comando 2012 refine tactics, techniques and procedures used by their special operations forces.  By increasing their special operations capabilities, countries can become more capable of confronting common threats.
 

Nations Participating

Special Operations military and police forces from Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay participated in the special operation skills competition.
 

Multinational special operations skills competition

The skills competition is designed to improve multinational regional cooperation, enhance mutual trust and confidence, and advance the training, readiness and interoperability of participating special operations forces in tactics, techniques, and procedures.  The Special Operations skills competition tested each team on its physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, aquatic skills, and tactical capabilities.

Assault team competition

The assault team competition consisted of a series of events that include physical fitness tests, confidence course, close quarters combat, rucksack march, aquatic event, and obstacle course.

Sniper team competition

The sniper team competition consisted of five events that include physical fitness tests, marksmanship, shoot and move, range estimation, and stalk and shoot.
 

Senior Leader Seminar

The senior leader seminar helps to develop, refine and improve political and military relations and multinational cooperation in fighting terrorism and other transnational threats.  Participants include a commander and a senior level representative from each nation involved in making counter-terrorism decisions and policy making. The Senior Leader Seminar and scenario-based discussion focused on Countering Transnational Organized Crime (CTOC) activities in the region, as well as crisis action planning and response for regional counter terrorism contingencies.
 

Background

This was the ninth consecutive year EX Fuerzas Comando has taken place in SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility.  See more from last year's Fuerzas Comando 2011.
 

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