Ladies and Gentlemen: Once Again, It. Is. On.

 

Today was the opening ceremony for Fuerzas Comando 19. This year, the competition will be held in Chile. Special Operators from about 19 countries from the Caribbean, the US, and Central and South America will square off to see who will be the Fuerzas Commando champion.

It’s a week of suck. Don’t come if you don’t want to hurt. You can follow the competition on Facebook via the SOCSOUTH page.

I’ve posted this before, and I’ll do it again. If I can keep up, I’ll post updates here.

Probably the best FC promo made, and not just because it’s got a little Mongo in it.

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There are 25 comments.

  1. Percival Thatcher

    They show you jumping out of an airplane, don’t they? A perfectly good airplane. One of my airplanes!

    • #1
    • June 17, 2019, at 5:41 PM PDT
    • 12 likes
  2. Sweezle Member

    Wow. If only I was young, physically and mentally fierce and a man. As an older woman with no military experience I am in awe. These are men I want on my side.

     

    • #2
    • June 17, 2019, at 5:43 PM PDT
    • 11 likes
  3. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Percival (View Comment):

    They show you jumping out of an airplane, don’t they? A perfectly good airplane. One of my airplanes!

    Wull, it might not have been perfectly good…

    • #3
    • June 17, 2019, at 5:46 PM PDT
    • 9 likes
  4. RushBabe49 Thatcher

    Go win it, Boss!

    • #4
    • June 17, 2019, at 6:44 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  5. Arahant Member

    It’s nice having a window into this through you.

    • #5
    • June 17, 2019, at 6:50 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  6. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Arahant (View Comment):

    It’s nice having a window into this through you.

    Gracias, hermano.

    • #6
    • June 17, 2019, at 7:07 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  7. Hank Rhody, on the blockchain Contributor

    Percival (View Comment):
    One of my airplanes!

    And just like that I can see the sense in jumping out.

    • #7
    • June 17, 2019, at 7:57 PM PDT
    • 12 likes
  8. Percival Thatcher

    Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    One of my airplanes!

    And just like that I can see the sense in jumping out.

    Hey! All my planes that went up came down again. Somewhere.

    • #8
    • June 17, 2019, at 8:17 PM PDT
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  9. Randy Webster Member

    Percival (View Comment):

    Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    One of my airplanes!

    And just like that I can see the sense in jumping out.

    Hey! All my planes that went up came down again. Somewhere.

    I think that’s almost an aphorism.

    • #9
    • June 17, 2019, at 8:28 PM PDT
    • 8 likes
  10. Mim526 Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    It’s nice having a window into this through you.

    Gracias, hermano.

    What @arahant said. It’s us who should be thanking you though…por la ventana y mucho más.

    I always have questions after viewing through your windows, Boss. Like how heavy is that gear? Does anyone wear corrective lenses or is that a disqualifier for special ops?

    Most of the rest of my Qs I figure you can’t answer since I’m not ‘need to know’ :-)

    • #10
    • June 18, 2019, at 5:46 AM PDT
    • 8 likes
  11. Doug Watt Member

    Great promo video. The perfect antidote to Naked and Afraid. Is Beto O’Rourke competing this year?

    • #11
    • June 18, 2019, at 7:54 AM PDT
    • 5 likes
  12. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    An interesting development: Yesterday, before the opening ceremony, we got word that “the US team has been disqualified.” A little digging revealed that they hadn’t been disqualified from the competition; they hadn’t passed the water survival proficiency swim prerequisite (a must-pass in order to participate in the water event. Drowning a competitor is considered no bueno from a PR perspective). So, they just can’t compete in the water event. Me and the retired CSM talked it over, and–

    Possibility: One or some of the boys couldn’t pass the swim test. Pretty remote chance, as SF guys have to pass something very similar to pass the Q-Course, and the use of a swim in/beach landing for infiltration is not unknown to the boys. However, they are some big ol’ corn-fed, creatine-pounding, kettlebell swinging fellas. They are all definitely negative buoyant.

    Probability: It’s cold in Chile right now. Unlike every other nation participating, our team doesn’t train specifically for the competition. They’re commandos and consider being able to walk on the field and perform part of the mission. Plus, they always sweep all of the shooting events. So, they probably looked at the event schedule and figured they’d take the 200 point hit for not competing in the water event, but save the juice for the rest of the competition.

    We’ll see how that works out.

    • #12
    • June 18, 2019, at 8:06 AM PDT
    • 13 likes
  13. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Mim526 (View Comment):
    Like how heavy is that gear?

    45 pounds not including water, weapon, and load-bearing equipment. US standard is 55 pounds for a road march, but some of our partner nation brethren are traditionally little fellas, so we lighten the load a bit.

    Mim526 (View Comment):
    Does anyone wear corrective lenses or is that a disqualifier for special ops?

    Definitely. However, your eyes have to be correctable to 20/30. Also, if your uncorrected vision is too awful, you have to get a waiver to go SF. I had to get a waiver; my uncorrected visual acuity was worse than 20/400 in each eye. It didn’t detract from the training–right up until I went to SERE school. The first thing they do in the Resistance (i.e., prison camp) phase of training is take away your glasses if you wear them. I resolved I wasn’t going to be that vulnerable again. As soon as I got to the language school phase (6 months), I took leave and got RK surgery (which was thoroughly, totally unauthorized at the time). Won the lottery with that one. The cuts brought my vision to 20/15 in each eye. They told me when I got to my 40’s my vision would diminish naturally like most all other people in their 40’s. It did, and I once again have to wear corrective lenses to see at 20/20 acuity.

    • #13
    • June 18, 2019, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  14. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Great promo video. The perfect antidote to Naked and Afraid. Is Beto O’Rourke competing this year?

    Beta told us he really, really wanted to but he had a calendar conflict. He couldn’t miss his dirt-eating appointment.

    • #14
    • June 18, 2019, at 8:19 AM PDT
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  15. Eeyore Member

    “Every nation has frontiers. Every frontier must be guarded…”

    Man, that’s such Old Consciousness. Beta and Occasional-Cortex told me that if we just acknowledge that we are all One World and One People, that all this mean stuff will just go away and we can have free stuff for everyone.

    Ur somthin’ like that…

    • #15
    • June 18, 2019, at 12:05 PM PDT
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  16. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    No standings/scores posted yet for today.

    • #16
    • June 18, 2019, at 3:31 PM PDT
    • 3 likes
  17. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    I’m confused. All that gunplay, and not one hippie gets shot?

    Disappointing.

     

    Rad, Boss! Thanks for sharing. I’ll ask because I assume everyone else will – where are you in the vid?

    • #17
    • June 19, 2019, at 3:44 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  18. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Doug Watt (View Comment):

    Great promo video. The perfect antidote to Naked and Afraid. Is Beto O’Rourke competing this year?

    Beta told us he really, really wanted to but he had a calendar conflict. He couldn’t miss his dirteating skirt-wearing appointment.

    FIFY

    • #18
    • June 19, 2019, at 3:47 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  19. KentForrester Coolidge

    Boss, are you in that promo somewhere?

    • #19
    • June 19, 2019, at 7:57 AM PDT
    • 2 likes
  20. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Chris Campion (View Comment):

    I’m confused. All that gunplay, and not one hippie gets shot?

    Disappointing.

     

    Rad, Boss! Thanks for sharing. I’ll ask because I assume everyone else will – where are you in the vid?

    Team Rico, on the little sliver of tape with the guys parachuting off the ramp of the C-130 into the water, I’m the guy wearing the go-pro camera.

    They couldn’t use most of the footage. I had a pre-jump “discussion” with the camera guy that attached the camera to my helmet. I maintained he needed to tape the camera in place, or the little reticulating arm thingie holding the camera would get knocked out of alignment on opening shock. The camera guy didn’t want to do it; he didn’t want any yucky tape residue on his equipment after the jump. He got a little obstreperous and told me he’d “been doing this type of work for fifteen years.”

    I told him I’d been on jump status more than 20 years, and if it ain’t tied down or taped down, it’s going to be frapping in the wind upon exiting the aircraft. The plane “slows down” to 120 knots to put out jumpers. The static line and deployment bag getting ripped open slows you to effectively 0 knots on exit. The opening shock is significant, and non-jumpers have a hard time getting their heads around it. Thus the skepticism on the “tape it or tie it” requirement.

    So, I exited the aircraft, the camera was knocked askew (thus the reason you can see me). I knocked the camera out of the way (wasn’t real concerned with making the film crew happy at that particular point in time), so the only footage they could really use was the initial bit and the landing in the water bit.

    The camera guy was a little sheepish after he reviewed the film.

    • #20
    • June 19, 2019, at 8:17 AM PDT
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  21. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    Tailgating off a C7a Caribou is awesome! Best Jumps Ever!

    • #21
    • June 19, 2019, at 1:00 PM PDT
    • 2 likes
  22. Boss Mongo Member
    Boss Mongo Post author

    Here’s where we’re at right now:

    • #22
    • June 20, 2019, at 6:05 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  23. Hank Rhody, on the blockchain Contributor

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Here’s where we’re at right now:

     

    Is this counting the forfeited water event?

    • #23
    • June 20, 2019, at 6:12 PM PDT
    • 5 likes
  24. Arahant Member

    Hank Rhody-Badenphipps Esq (View Comment):
    Is this counting the forfeited water event?

    We’ll spot you an event, and still do better than fifteen of you after a few days.

    • #24
    • June 20, 2019, at 6:59 PM PDT
    • 4 likes
  25. Instugator Thatcher

    Wow.

    • #25
    • June 21, 2019, at 7:25 AM PDT
    • 1 like