ILOPANGO, El Salvador – Fuerzas Comando 2011 hosts El Salvador were crowned champions of the competition during the exercise’s closing ceremony June 23 at the Centro Especial Anti-Terrorista compound here.
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.
El Salvador took first place after tallying the most points over the course of 17 events testing physical strength, tactical knowledge and mental resilience. Ecuador finished second and Brasil placed third.
During the ceremony El Salvador was awarded the Copa Rotativa, the Fuerzas Comando trophy which remains with the winning team until the next year’s competition. El Salvador will hand it over to Fuerzas Comando 2012 host Colombia during next year’s opening ceremony.