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Always Ready Always Ready
Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of several states work at the Rubble Pile at Camp Santiago Joint Maneuver Training Center, in Salinas, Puerto Rico. This exercise is part...
Support Grows among Neighbors Support Grows among Neighbors
Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of Nebraska and Washington's CBRNE Enhanced Force Package, better known as CERF-P and Civil Support Team, respectively work alongside...
Guard Teams up With Emergency Management Guard Teams up With Emergency Management
Citizen-soldiers from various states alongside Puerto Rico first responders held an emergency management display on the pier in ponce, Puerto Rico on march 18, 2015....
Troops arrive for Operation Borinqueneer Response Troops arrive for Operation Borinqueneer Response
From March 16th through the 20th, the Island of Puerto Rico will be the scenario of Operation Borinqueneer Response. This is an exercise between the Puerto Rico...
Inter-Agency Cooperation Inter-Agency Cooperation
Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen of Vermont, Tennessee, West Virginia, Nebraska, and Washington met with their counterparts in Puerto Rico. Their mission during this...
22nd Civil Support Team Responds 22nd Civil Support Team Responds
Citizen-soldiers and state agencies participated in Operation Borinqueneer Response in San Juan, Puerto Rico on March 16, 2015. The 22nd WMDCST (Weapons of...


Recent Greetings

Sgt. Corey Heikilla Sgt. Corey Heikilla
Sgt. Corey Heikilla from the 983rd Engineer Company out of Monclova, Ohio send a shout out to his family back home during Beyond the Horizon 2014 from Barahona,...
Spc. Terry Spc. Terry
Spc. Terry from the 983rd Engineer Company out of Monclova, Ohio sends a shout out to his family back home during Beyond the Horizon 2014 from Barahona, Dominican...
Maj. Luke Hill Maj. Luke Hill
Maj. Luke Hill, from Plain City, Ohio, a member of the 322nd Engineer Detachment participating in Task Force Larimar, Beyond the Horizon 2014, in the Dominican...
Air Force Maj. Troy Poorman Air Force Maj. Troy Poorman
Air Force Maj. Troy Poorman, from Woodlawn, Ill., participating in Task Force Larimar, Beyond the Horizon 2014, in the Dominican Republic, sends a greeting for...
Sgt. Maj. Daryll A. Sears Sgt. Maj. Daryll A. Sears
Sgt. Maj. Daryll A. Sears, from Frametown, W.V., participating in Task Force Larimar, Beyond the Horizon 2014, in the Dominican Republic, sends a greeting for...
Colombian Army Teniente Colonel Jose Gomez (in Spanish) Colombian Army Teniente Colonel Jose Gomez (in Spanish)
Teniente Colonel Jose Gomez, of the Colombian army, participating in Task Force Larimar, Beyond the Horizon 2014, in the Dominican Republic, sends a shoutout in Spanish.


Recent News Stories

Fuerzas Comando 2014; One Champion but all winners Fuerzas Comando 2014; One Champion but all winners
After a week of intense heat and extreme competition, Fuerzas Comando, the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition, came to an end with...
Aiding Beyond the Horizon Aiding Beyond the Horizon
“I hope the aid never ends,” said Arquímides Ferreras, a resident of Barahona, Dominican Republic, and English professor at the Catholic Technical University of...
April’s drill, not for fools April’s drill, not for fools
Citizen-Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 296th Infantry, Puerto Rico Army National Guard, trained along with Special Forces Soldiers assigned to Company A, 2nd...
437th Ground Ambulance Supporting 'BTH 2014'
The 437th Ground Ambulance Company from Southern California was recently supporting the Beyond the Horizon 2014 humanitarian exercise in Barahona, Dominican Republic,...
Puerto Rico and State Partnership Program Partner...
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - In an effort to continue strengthen an already strong relationship, Citizen-Soldiers from the Puerto Rico National Guard and 30...
Puerto Rico National Guard CERF-P Welcomes Dominican Republic Officers During SPP Visit Puerto Rico National Guard CERF-P Welcomes Dominican...
As part of the State Partnership Program officers of the Dominican Republic Armed Forces visited the Puerto Rico National Guard Emergency Respond Team, known as...



Fuerzas Comando 2014; One Champion but all winners


Story by Staff Sgt. Angel Martinez

Fuerzas Comando 2014 closing ceremony crowns champion FORT TOLEMAIDA, Colombia - After a week of intense heat and extreme competition, Fuerzas Comando, the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition, came to an end with a closing ceremony at Fort Tolemaida, Colombia, July 31.

Seventeen nations competed for bragging rights to earn the title of best Special Operations Forces team in the Western Hemisphere.

For the sixth time in 10 years, the team from the Republic of Colombia hoisted the coveted Fuerzas Comando cup. The U.S. team, comprised of members assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), placed second and El Salvador was third.

“We are very proud of what we accomplished during the competition and it gives us pride to know how well we completed against elite men from nations like Colombia and the U.S.,” said a member of the El Salvador team. “We look forward to competing again next year and trying to win the cup back for El Salvador.”

El Salvador is a two-time Fuerzas Comando champion.

Even though Colombia came out on top, a much more important reward was bestowed upon the international competitors. The experiences shared and the friends gained along the way throughout the eight-day competition overshadowed medals and trophies.

“You are all winners,” said Brig. Gen. Sean P. Mulholland, the commander for Special Operations Command South, during his speech. “The relationships fostered amongst all of you throughout the competition will last a lifetime. You must build upon these friendships and work together to fight against the common threats we face throughout our hemisphere.”

In addition to the first three places, Honduras, Panama, Jamaica, Peru, Uruguay, Canada and Costa Rica also participated, and were among the top 10 nations in Fuerzas Comando. Other countries that participated were Paraguay, Chile, Belize, Trinidad and Tobago, Guatemala, Dominican Republic and Suriname.

During the closing ceremony, all 17 teams were standing across the field as they did in the opening ceremony, but this time the feeling of accomplishment and pride were visible after eight days of grueling challenges that took each team to their physical and mental limits.

“The 12-mile road march was one of the toughest events in Fuerzas Comando because we had to dig deep for that one. We knew we had to beat Colombia in order to stay on pace with them,” said a U.S. Special Forces member assigned to 7th SFG (A).

The 7th SFG (A) member also said the team put a lot of emphasis on doing well in the road march event.

“It was one of those events we are always counted out of because of poor performances in the past. After we won that event, we gained a lot of respect from all of the other countries and became real contenders for the cup.”

The second place finish is the best performance by the U.S team since the competition was established in 2004.

Just like the opening ceremony, the Colombian Minister of Defense, Dr. Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, congratulated each nation competing in Fuerzas Comando.

“You are the elite of the elite of your nation,” he said. “As a Colombian, I have a sense of pride with the victory of the Colombian team but you should all be proud of what you have accomplished.”

Following the ceremony, Dr. Pinzon Bueno personally congratulated each of the teams.

For the Colombian team, winning back-to-back Fuerzas Comando titles is something they are not taking for granted.

“We respect each of the teams out here, and we know how hard it is to win this competition,” said a member of the Colombian team. “The great thing about Fuerzas Comando is the friendships we make with people from different countries. We are very proud of this accomplishment and look forward to defending the title next year.”

Special Operations Command South, based in Homestead, Fla., serves as the execution agent for Fuerzas Comando. The event is aimed at enhancing training and strengthening ties among Special Operations Forces in the Western Hemisphere.

Fuerzas Comando is scheduled to take place in the Central American nation of Guatemala in June 2015.

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First responders participate in Borinqueneer Response exercise First responders participate in Borinqueneer Response...
Military and civilian emergency responders partnered to participate in a series of training exercises as part of Operation Borinqueneer Response, March, 18 in Ponce,...
Nebraska, Washington, Puerto Rico National Guard joint efforts alongside local agencies Nebraska, Washington, Puerto Rico National Guard joint...
Accompanied by two agents of the Puerto Rico Police Department, a member of the Puerto Rico Emergency Management Team tries to explain the situation to disoriented...
22nd WMDCST - Operation Borinqueneer Response 22nd WMDCST - Operation Borinqueneer Response
Members of the 22nd Weapons of Mass Destruction, Civil Support Team, of the Puerto Rico National Guard participate in Operation Borinqueneer Response, March 17. The...
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Members of the Puerto Rico National Guard Civil Support Team, Chemical-Biological-Radiological-Nuclear-High Yield Explosive Enhanced Response Force-Package, Vermont...
Operation Borinqueneer Response Operation Borinqueneer Response
Members of the 22nd Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, Puerto Rico National Guard and state agencies participate in Operation Borinqueneer Response,...
National Guard Soldiers from Washington and Nebraska arrive at Puerto Rico for Borinqueneer Response excercise National Guard Soldiers from Washington and Nebraska...
Members from the Washington National Guard unload their equipment after arriving in a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport prior...


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Recent Publications

Presente - 05.31.2013
Presente - 05.31.2013
Puerto Rico National Guard's Magazine.
Presente - 01.03.2013
Presente - 01.03.2013
Puerto Rico National Guard's publication.
Presente - 01.01.2012
Presente - 01.01.2012
This Presente edition highlights the Presidential visit to Puerto Rico and other interesting and relevant stories about the Puerto Rico National Guard.
Presente - 06.16.2011
Presente - 06.16.2011
This issue includes a PRARNG Aviation joint operation with the USMC to give colonial history a lift, a holiday visit to our troops at JTF GTMO, a special interview with...
Presente - 07.28.2010
Presente - 07.28.2010
State funded, pilot juvenile offender rehabilitation and academic program (CREANDO) sponsored by the PRNG, 65th Inf. returns from Horn of Africa, Youth ChalleNGe Cadets...
Presente - 04.01.2010
Presente - 04.01.2010
Caribbean Petroleum Company explosion and subsequent fire. PRARNG # 2 for DOA's Connelly Award. OPN Shared Security. PRNG first in Haiti to aid in relief effort.