US special operations forces pass a gate on their way to their objective during Jackal Stone 2016. US Army photo by Staff Sgt Marcus Fichtl

During the initial weeks of August, U.S. special forces Soldiers joined forces with the State Security Services of Georgia for an exceptional exercise known as Jackal Stone 2016. Held in Georgia, this military event was created to refine and challenge the interoperability between American and Georgian counterterrorism units and their interagency collaborators.

The unique structure of Jackal Stone 2016 allowed mission command nodes to put their systems to the test while dealing with complex counterterrorism situations across Georgia. Both tactical and operational levels were addressed in this exercise, making it a comprehensive training ground.