US Special Forces, particularly the Army Green Berets from the Critical Threats Advisory Company (CTAC), have recently conducted a joint training exercise with the Bosnian State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA). The exercise involved a mock raid on a large, complex underground bunker and served as the final event in a six-week training program focusing on close-quarters combat and small unit tactics.
- The training exercise took place at a 70,000-square-foot underground facility, which was built during the Cold War to protect a former Yugoslav president from nuclear attack. The facility, located 40 miles southwest of Sarajevo, has a complex structure with three disguised entrances and 100 rooms.
- The main objective of the exercise was to test the team’s ability to effectively manage and navigate complex structures in a time-sensitive scenario. The selection of the bunker as the target allowed the forces to evaluate their methods under challenging conditions.
- According to the special support unit executive officer of SIPA, the exercise highlighted some gaps and areas for improvement, providing valuable insights for future missions. The experience gained will be instrumental in addressing and solving complex issues in the future.
- The joint training with the Bosnian SIPA is seen as a significant step in fostering international cooperation in the realm of special operations forces.
- According to the CTAC troop leader, working with a new partner force was a crucial part of refining troop standards, stating, “It’s the Green Beret way”.