Militaries of El Salvador and the U.S. Plan for Fuerzas Comando 2011

Militaries of El Salvador and the U.S. Plan for Fuerzas Comando 2011

By Dialogo
April 20, 2011

A very insidious and subtle form of training the armed forces (FFAA) and police forces in the counterinsurgency fight, before it was communism, now terrorism. And all under the U.S. interests in North America, the defense of its local and regional interests and the capitalist systems last defense. The good thing here are the commandos!
Salvadorian Army Col. William A. Mejia Martinez and U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Thomas L. Brown II signed a memorandum of understanding on 14 April in San Salvador, during the final planning conference for Fuerzas Comando 2011.

The senior leaders from both the U.S. and Salvadorian militaries worked together in order to finalize all coordination efforts for the exercise, for which they will serve as co-exercise directors.

Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Special Forces skills competition conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean since 2004. In 2011, it will be held in El Salvador from 15-23 June.

More than 25 nations will be participating in this year’s event, including military and police forces from Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, and Uruguay.

In addition to the friendly multi-national skills competition the two-part event will include an executive leadership seminar focused on combating terrorism, organized crime, and illicit trafficking, headed by the host-country.

The exercise is designed to test the physical and psychological endurance of participants through obstacle competitions on land and in water. It helps promote interoperability, security and military partnerships throughout the Americas, according to the Special Operations Command South, USSOUTHCOM’s Special Operations component and the lead U.S. military organization for coordinating the event.

During the closing ceremony of the 2010 event, co-hosted by the Dominican Republic, 1st Infantry Brigade Commander of the Dominican Army, Brigadier General Pablo Cavallo Feliz, stated, “I am convinced that all of you will depart with great memories of this event …you will leave satisfied knowing that you are working for the greater good.”