Clarksville, TN Online: News, Opinion, Arts & Entertainment.


Jordanian Special Operations Forces, 5th Special Forces partner for Best Warrior Competition

 

Written by Maj. Brandon Bissell
5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs

Fort Campbell KY, 101st Airborne Division5th Special ForcesFort Campbell, KY – For the first time in its history two joint teams, consisting of soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Jordanian Special Operations Forces, competed in the 3rd Annual Best Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Center, Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan, May 8th-12th.

Despite having less than two weeks to train and prepare for the contest the two joint teams, made up of four U.S. Special Forces and three Jordanian SOF soldiers each, finished sixth and twelfth overall out of 22 teams that entered the 4-day competition. 

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

Special Forces Soldiers from 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compete with select members of the Jordanian Special Operations Forces in the 3rd Annual King Abdullah II Best Warrior Competition, 8th-12th May 2011, in Amman, Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

“Partnering with members of the host country’s forces captured not only the essence of the USSF core mission, but exemplified the intent behind the Best Warrior Competition,” said a Special Forces team leader that attended the event. “The competition provided an opportunity where all the participants could hone their skills and freely exchange tactics, techniques and procedures.”

The event has grown quickly in size and scope since its inception in 2009, when just three Jordanian teams competed. This year the 22 teams represented 10 different countries, including Austria, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Brunei, Lebanon, Australia, Afghanistan, Tanzania, the United States, and the host country, Jordan.

Teams completed six events that incorporated climbing, rappelling, precision shooting, breaching, and overcoming obstacles under stressful conditions. The culminating event, called the King’s Challenge, isolated aspects from the technical skills of all the previous events into stations spread across a difficult 10 km relay race through mountainous terrain.

2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Jordanian Special Operations Forces, competed in the 3rd Annual Best Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Center, Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Jordanian Special Operations Forces, competed in the 3rd Annual Best Warrior Competition at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Center, Hashemite Kingdom in Jordan. (U.S. Army photo)

The last day of the competition placed 44 individual competitors through a series of four events which tested their rifle, pistol and shotgun skills, as well as a final obstacle course.

Individual 5th SFG (A) Soldiers performed well on the last day with one team member placing second in the steel plate challenge and third place overall; a second team member placing third in the steel plate challenge and fourth place overall; and a third team member placing second in the rifle run event and thirteenth place overall.

“Overall the Best Warrior Competition was an excellent opportunity to showcase USSF’s ability to fight and compete alongside its partner forces, in this case the Jordanian Special Operations Forces,” said a Special Forces team leader. “We were able to forge partnerships and exhibit excellent teamwork, despite language and cultural barriers, while competing against some of the world’s finest Special Operations soldiers.”

USSF Soldiers were in Jordan as part of a Joint Combined Exchange Training exercise, or JCET, with Jordanian forces. These types of exercises are designed to provide training opportunities for American Special Forces in countries that the forces may one day have to operate in, as well as providing training opportunities for the armed forces of the host country.


Sections

News

Topics

, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.


  • Visit Us On FacebookVisit Us On TwitterVisit Us On PinterestVisit Us On YoutubeCheck Our FeedVisit Us On Instagram
  • Personal Controls

    Archives