Fuerzas Comando 2017 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 a Distinguished Visitor Program focused on countering terrorism.
About 700 military, law enforcement, and civilian personnel from the participating nations took part in the exercise.
The event demonstrates and tests participants’ skills through special operations forces competitions, and includes a Distinguished Visitor Program focused on topics such as combating terrorism, organized crime, and illicit trafficking.
Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, United States, and Uruguay.
About the Multinational Skills Competition
The competition was primarily held at a Peruvian training base in Ancon and has two parts: an assault team competition and a sniper team competition. The competitions were 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.
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 13th Fuerzas Comando exercise. Fuerzas Comando 2016 was held in Peru.