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Special Operations team members participating at the Unknown Distance event during the “Fuerzas Comando” competition at Fort Tolemaida in Melgar, Colombia July 23. Fuerzas Comando, established in 2004, is an U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operation skills competition and fellowship program. This event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness, and interoperability of special operations forces in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Angel D. Martinez, 113th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, U.S. Southern Command)

Chilean and U.S. Special Forces soldiers fire at targets April 23, 2015, at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center, in Miss. during a bilateral training exchange organized by Special Operations Command South. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Osvaldo Equite/Released) #IgRecon #usarmy #greenberets #chilean #specialoperationforces #ussocom #specialforces #SOCSOUTH #M4 #Mk18 ™@outlaw185

Commandos from Panama power through the water and practice multiple strategies on the practice course in preparation for the aquatic event to be conducted later in the Fuerzas Comando competition at the Colombian National Training Center in Tolemaida.

Established in 2004, Fuerzas Comando is a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Special Forces skills competition and senior leader seminar which is conducted annually in Central and South America and the Caribbean. The ninth annual event is aimed to strengthen regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, enhance training, readiness and interoperability of special forces in the region.

(Photo by Sergeant Karen Kozub, 3 June 2012 via DVIDS.)

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Check out these photos from the 2014 Fuerzas Comando competition in Colombia. Teams from 17 nations across the Western Hemisphere are competing from July 23-31, not just to determine a winner, but also to enhance their training and strengthen regional and multinational cooperation, mutual trust, readiness, and interoperability of special operations forces in the region.

The sun begins to set as Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 228th Medical Aviation Command from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras participate in aviation medical evacuation training event as part of Exercise Fused Response 2014 in Belize City, Belize, March 7. The U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise is executed by Special Operations Command South. The purpose of the exercise is to improve SOCSOUTH’s capability to respond effectively to time-sensitive contingencies as well as enhance interoperability, tactics, and training techniques between U.S. SOF and the Belize Defense Forces.