Fuerzas Comando 2015 was a Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff-approved, U.S. Southern Command-sponsored, exercise under the responsibility of Commander, Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH).
The exercise had two parts: a skills competition and the Countering Terrorism Fellowship Program.
About 700 military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel from the participating nations took part in the exercise.
The nine-day event demonstrated and tested participants’ skills through special operations forces competitions, and included a Distinguished Visitor Program focused on topics such as combating terrorism, organized crime, and illicit trafficking.
Fuerzas Commando 2015 was a unique opportunity for participating nations of the Americas to improve their special operations capabilities. This competition increased training knowledge and furthered interoperability between countries in the Western Hemisphere.
Special Operations military and police forces from Argentina, Belize, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and the USA, participated in the exercise.
About the Multinational Skills Competition
The competition had two parts, an assault team competition and a sniper team competition. The competitions was scored and evaluated by judges from each participating nation.
Assault Team Competition
The assault team competition consisted of a series of events including physical fitness tests, a confidence course, close quarters combat, rucksack march, an aquatic event, and an obstacle course.
Sniper Team Competition
The sniper team competition consisted of physical fitness tests, marksmanship, mobility, and concealment events.
Final Competition Standings
1. Colombia 2767.5 1
2. USA 2697.5
3. El Salvador 2545.0 3
4. Guatemala 2420.0
5. Chile 2412.S 5
6. Honduras 2372.5y
7. Uruguay 2365.0 Sniper Team Standings (Final)
8. Peru 2282.5
9. Jamaica 2180.0
10. Panama 2170.0
11. Mexico 2167.S
12. Argentina 1790.0
13. Costa Rica 1640.0
14. Belize 1627.5
15. Paraguay 1225.0 1
16. Dominican Republic 1195.0 2
17. Guyana 937.5
18. Haiti 652.5
19. Suriname 615.0
Countering Terrorism Fellowship Program (Distinguished Visitors Program)
The program included two senior representatives from each participating nation. Participants included a commander and a senior government representative involved in making counter-terrorism decisions and policy making. The DVP took place in conjunction with Fuerzas Comando and focused on improving political and military relations and multinational military cooperation.
This was the 11th Fuerzas Comando that has taken place in SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility. The most recent iteration was Fuerzas Comando 2014.
U.S. Special Operations Command South Facebook page
Guatemalan military Fuerzas Comando 2015 site