Fuerzas Comando competitors evaluated on critical tasks

22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
Story by Sgt. Luke Rollins

Date: 06.18.2011
Posted: 06.18.2011 21:00
News ID: 72349
Fuerzas Comando competitors evaluated on critical tasks

ILOPANGO, El Salvador – Brazil and Panama went target for target and forced a draw as the two-day Critical Tasks Evaluation event of Fuerzas Comando 2011 wrapped up June 18 at the Shangallo Range here. <br /> <br /> Fuerzas Comando was established in 2004 as a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition and senior-leader seminar featuring nations from Central and South America and the Caribbean.<br /> <br /> The event began June 17 when the nine teams in Group A, led by last year’s winner Ecuador, tackled the course. Four-man teams engaged four stations, one competitor at a time. Each station tested the competitor’s accuracy and agility in firing and switching weapons while subjecting them to the pressure of the clock.<br /> <br /> Brazil and Panama led the 10 teams of Group B who closed out the event this morning.<br /> <br /> After two days of ducking, switching and shooting an American lane judge said he saw firsthand how the competition inspired the participants to a higher level.<br /> <br /> “Everybody out here is real competitive and they all push themselves,” he said.<br /> <br /> A member of the Chilean team, representing his country for the fifth time, said the experience he and his teammates have gained is a great boon to his country’s police force.<br /> <br /> “The majority of the competitors here are in the Army, and there are only a few countries – Panama, Costa Rica, Chile – with police forces. It’s a great opportunity for us to see where we stand against our Army brothers and for us to level up with them.”<br /> <br /> He said the Critical Tasks Evaluation event in particular translated well to real-life scenarios.<br /> <br /> “I had a small hiccup firing my pistol which threw me a bit, so I had to readjust just like in real life. Things don’t always go your way 100 percent … but the hallmark of a good special operations member is the ability to work around equipment failures to accomplish the mission,” he said.<br />