Special Operations Soldiers from Poland, Croatia, Romania and the U.S. prepare to board a MH-47 Chinook helicopter

Counterterrorism training event is a milestone for Croatia.

Jackal Stone ’09

April 2010, Number 01.02

“Croatia hosted its first-ever NATO exercise — Jackal Stone — in September 2009, just five months after joining the now 28-member alliance.

The counterterrorism training was a big step for Croatia, which joined NATO in April 2009. The multinational event, held Sept. 10 to 27, allowed Croatia to showcase the skills of its special operations forces. It was also an opportunity for the country to prove it could work with its new military partners.

It was the “most important international exercise for Croatia” in 2009, said Brig. Gen. Dražen Šćuri, deputy commander of the Croatian Air Force and Air Defense. He said it was also an “opportunity to improve our capabilities for the host nation support concept.”

Šćuri, the exercise deputy commander, said Croatian special operations Battalion units and Ministry of interior special police joined counterparts from the other nations in the exercise. More than 1,500 special operations and police forces from 10 nations conducted joint air, land and sea counterinsurgency operations. Participants came from Albania, Hungary, Lithuania, Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine and the United States...”

Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Jackal Stone ’09,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 50-51.

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