102nd Battalion take home invaluable experiences from international competition

Autor: Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

Last week, the team from the 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion, based in Prostejov, returned home after taking part in the five-day prestigious 9th Annual Warrior Competition. The competition was held at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Centre in Amman, Jordan and came to an end on 4th May.

Preparing for a life firing event
Preparing for a life firing event

"Each day, two main tasks and several complementary disciplines were fulfilled. The contest focused on precision shooting at both long and short distances, each time with a heavy load. “We were also tested on our ability to overcome challenging obstacles, in climbing techniques and mental and physical limits of endurance, deal with unpredictable stressful tasks, and other teamworking skills, as well as running many kilometres in the desert," said Major Gustav Lakos, Deputy Commander of the 102nd Reconnaissance Battalion.

The seven-member team was equipped with the CZ BREN 2 attack rifles and CZ P-10 C pistols which were supplied by Ceska zbrojovka, whose instructors had been training the team in shooting skills in preparation for the competition.

In total, 31 teams from 17 countries of four continents participated in the contest, demonstrating skills which reflect international capability to deal with terrorism. "Although our goal was to come in lower than 15th place, we are very proud of our 18th position. Being eighteenth in the world is never a bad thing. We learned an immense amount from each other during these five days. We compared our procedures and tactics and shared our knowledge and experience with the different international units, and we will incorporate this knowledge into our preparation for next year's competition," said Major Lakos at the end of the meeting.

The 'Warrior' is a competition of the world's elite military, special operations, counter terrorism and law enforcement forces. As in previous years, the event was organised by the Jordan Armed Forces, and, the Czech firearms factory Ceska zbrojovka a.s., Uhersky Brod, (CZUB), was again one of the sponsors. The competing 'warriors' were observed and judged by a panel of U.S. expert military instructors.

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By Nuala Casey and Oldrich Holecek

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May 12, 2017