The 14th year of the Fuerzas Comando special operations forces competition brought competitors and key leaders from 20 countries together in a difficult training exercise last week in Paraguay. This competition pits the best teams of each countries Special Operations Forces competed against the other nations’ teams in the SOUTHCOM (US Southern Command) area of operations.

Although the competition is tough, the teams bonded as families, partners, and friends, said Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said today.

Paraguay hosted Fuerzas Comando this year. The competition was first held in El Salvador in 2004 with 13 participating countries. Twenty nations sent teams to compete this year: Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, the United States and Uruguay.

Honduras placed first in this year’s competition, with Colombia in second place and the United States taking third.

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Leading a round of applause for the teams, Tidd, in prepared remarks, spoke directly to the competitors.

“Fuerzas Comando stands apart from the rest of our multinational exercises,” the admiral said. “There’s no other exercise like it. It brings together an elite group of warriors from 20 nations to pit their impressive physical and mental skills against one another.”

He called it an awesome display of physical fitness, weapons marksmanship, tactical capabilities and, above all, teamwork, and cooperation.