For almost three weeks, the U.S. Gulf Coast took center stage in a special operations training that included hundreds of U.S. and Chilean troops. Special forces from both countries carried out air, land, and sea maneuvers in mock situations.
The Northern Star 17 exercise included more than 70 U.S. and 88 Chilean special forces troops. U.S. participation included personnel from Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH), Marine Corps Special Operations Command, and the U.S. Army’s 7th and 20th Special Forces Groups. Chile attended with troops from the Army, Navy, and Air Force Special Operations Brigade as well as delegates from the Joint Chiefs of Staff (EMCO, in Spanish).