Operation Serpiente – El Salvador

A Salvadoran Special Forces Soldier helocasts from a UH-60 Blackhawk in Dec 2016 during Operation Serpiente (photo by MSG Kerri Spero, JTF Bravo).
A Salvadoran Special Forces Soldier helocasts from a UH-60 Blackhawk in Dec 2016 during Operation Serpiente (photo by MSG Kerri Spero, JTF Bravo).

“Salvadoran Soldiers and Special Operations personnel assigned to 1st Airborne Brigade and Special Forces Command completed Operation Serpiente, a joint air assault training mission led by members of the U.S. 7th Special Forces Group, Naval Special Warfare, and Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion 228th Aviation Regiment Nov. 28 – Dec. 2, at Ilopango Airport. Operation Serpiente was the largest air assault exercise of its kind to take place in El Salvador in recent years, requiring an expert level of partnership cooperation among ground and air assets.

“Synchronization of tasks and having different people working on different efforts, all at the same time, came together so we were prepared to conduct the training and the missions safely,” said Lt. Col. Richard Tucker, 1-228 AVN commander, “We worked with the Special Operations Forces teams here, who brought the specialized tactics and mission planning.” 1-228 AVN provided airlift support at the request of the U.S. Special Forces group, who are currently training three elements of Salvadoran forces.”

Read the rest of the story in “US, El Salvador forces execute air assault training”DVIDS, December 13, 2016.

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