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Jun 21, 2019

Belize Coast Guard Making Strides at Fuerzas Commando Competition

Earlier this month, the Belize Coast Guard Special Operations Group deployed to Santiago, Chile to participate in the fifteenth Annual Fuerzas Commando Competition. The seven-man team is competing against nineteen other Special Operation Forces from across the Western Hemisphere in the most distinguished competition of its kind. Fuerzas Commando consists of a series of individual and collective tasks and events that include a physical fitness test, obstacle course, rifle and pistol qualification, and aquatic event. The events test the participant’s skills and proficiency under unknown and stressful conditions in simulated scenarios. This is the first international appearance for the Coast Guard Special Operations Group. The competition kicked off on Monday and continues for nine consecutive days. Today, Captain Elton Bennett of the Belize Coast Guard gave us an update about team Belize’s performance in the competition.


On the Phone: Captain Elton Bennett, Vice-Commandant, Belize Coast Guard

“The Coast Guard Special Aversions group is participating in the Fuerzas Commando in Chile. Today is day three and we are waiting for the results for the end of today. But at the end of yesterday, day two, the guys were in fourteenth place out of nineteen teams. We are very optimistic that we can hit the top ten, so that is our goal. This is the first time that we are participating in this competition and it is something that we are looking forward to. Yesterday was an obstacle course and today they did aquatic events transition from sea to shore and doing different activities. So, by the end of today we will get a sense of where we are if we improved from fourteenth place and we’ll know how we move forward from there.   The guys were very comfortable yesterday on the obstacle course. This is something that we do quite often, training on the obstacle course. The first day was very difficult. We were in eighteenth place after day one and at day two we improved up to fourteenth. So, as the competition goes along the guys will be settling in and hopefully they manage to improve as we go along.”

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