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Fuerzas Comando 2017

​Fuerzas Comando 2017 was a military exercise consisting of a skills competition between military and police Special Operations teams from the Western Hemisphere. The event was hosted by Paraguay July 18-27. About 700 security forces personnel from 20 countries, including the United States, took part in the challenging contest, which promotes military-to-military relationships, increases training knowledge and improves regional security. The Honduran team took first place, followed by Colombia, the United States, Mexico and Panama.

 A Dominican competitor scans the range for targets over his sniper rifle July 19, 2017 during Fuerzas Comando in Paraguari, Paraguay. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elizabeth Williams/Released)

A Dominican competitor scans the range for targets over his sniper rifle July 19, 2017 during Fuerzas Comando in Paraguari, Paraguay. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Elizabeth Williams/Released)
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Overview

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.

Participating Nations

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.

Background

This was the 13th Fuerzas Comando exercise.  Fuerzas Comando 2016 was held in Peru.

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