Fuerzas Comando is an athletic military exercise which seeks to strengthen relationships among the members of the Armed Forces of the Americas, as well as to share skills, techniques, and tactics in the fight against terrorism.
Sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, the event will take place at Tolemaida Military Fort, Colombia, from June 6 to 14.
“This is the ninth consecutive year of competition, in which each country will demonstrate the best qualities of its elite men through its performance,” stated Major Manuel Ortiz of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command public-relations department.
On this occasion, 22 countries will compete in the so-called Anti-Terrorism Olympiad of the Americas: the Bahamas, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay. Canada and Mexico are participating in the competition for the first time, as a demonstration of regional unity against terrorism and in favor of security.
Up to now, Fuerzas Comando has been held eight times. The first exercise took place in El Salvador in July 2004, with the participation of representatives from 16 Latin American countries. It was followed by Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, the United States, Brazil, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador again, in 2011.
During the exercise, two events take place in parallel: the competition, to which the participating countries send a delegation made up of seven competitors and one judge, and the Distinguished Visitors Program, conducted by General Douglas Fraser, the commander of the SOUTHCOM. Representatives of the defense ministries and special-forces commands of the countries of the region attend this program in order to discuss topics related to current transnational threats.
During Fuerzas Comando 2012, the website fuerzascomando.com will provide updated information on the results of the competition.