Emerald Warrior 17 comes to a close

Members of the 7th Special Forces Group attatch a hoist to U.S. Army UH-60L Black Hawk at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 3, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

Members of the 7th Special Forces Group attatch a hoist to an Army UH-60L Black Hawk at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., March 3, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

A special missions aviator from the 8th Special Operation Squadron rest on the ramp of a CV-22 Osprey at Avon Park, Fla., on March 7, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

A special missions aviator from the 8th Special Operation Squadron rests on the ramp of a CV-22 Osprey at Avon Park, Fla., on March 7, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group conduct urban warfare training during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo)

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group conduct urban warfare training during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo)

A U.S. Air Force pilot from the 8th Special Operations Squadron taxis a CV-22 Osprey at Avon Park, Fla., March 7, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer)

A pilot from the 8th Special Operations Squadron taxis a CV-22 Osprey at Avon Park, Fla., March 7, 2017 during Emerald Warrior 17. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer)

An Airman assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron calls in close air support during Emerald Warrior 17 at Eglin Range, Fla., March 4, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicholas Dutton)

An Airman assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron calls in close air support during Emerald Warrior 17 at Eglin Range, Fla., March 4, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicholas Dutton)

An Army crew chief performs pre-flight inspections on an UH-60L Black Hawk during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 3, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

An Army crew chief performs pre-flight inspections on an UH-60L Black Hawk during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 3, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

A Surgical Team medic from the 720th Operations Support Squadron administers medical care to patient on board an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla. March, 1, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

A surgical team medic from the 720th Operations Support Squadron administers medical care to patient on board an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March, 1, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

Surgical Team medics from the 720th Operations Support Squadron board an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 2, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

Surgical team medics from the 720th Operations Support Squadron board an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 2, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Keifer Bowes)

Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron fire their rifles during Emerald Warrior 17 at Eglin Range, Fla., March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Haley D. Phillips)

Airmen assigned to the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron fire their rifles during Emerald Warrior 17 at Eglin Range, Fla., March 7, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Haley D. Phillips)

Soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group jump from an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 8, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicholas Dutton)
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Soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group jump from an MC-130J Commando II during Emerald Warrior 17 at Hurlburt Field, Fla., March 8, 2017. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nicholas Dutton)

Soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group prepare to take-off during Emerald Warrior March 2, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)
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Soldiers from the 7th Special Forces Group prepare to take-off during Emerald Warrior March 2, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Emerald Warrior is a U.S. Special Operations Command exercise during which joint special operations forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Michael Battles)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- After two successful weeks of irregular warfare training, Emerald Warrior 2017 ended March 10.

Approximately 1,600 conventional and special operations forces from the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Diplomatic Security Service Mobile Security Deployments participated in the 10th iteration of the exercise, along with partner nation forces from Denmark, the Netherlands and France.

Emerald Warrior is predominately a tactical exercise – both ground and air – with a sprinkle of command and control (C2), said Jerry Buckman, C2 planner for Emerald Warrior.

“The exercise exposes troops to how the process works before they deploy,” he said. “In fact, we have several participants in the combined Joint Special Operations Aviation Detachment (JSOAD), who are scheduled to deploy this spring.”

Throughout the exercise, participants logged more than 650 flight hours, 575 jumps, and fired more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition, said Lt. Col. Christian Helms, Emerald Warrior JSOAD commander.

“This year, we were able to bring in conventional aircraft that we haven’t been able to before,” Helms said. “We also had full participation from the MC-12s, an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) aircraft from the 137th Special Operations Wing, Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, Oklahoma.”

ISR integration was a major part of the exercise this year because it’s a crucial component to our current fight, said Lt. Col. Justin Lewis, Emerald Warrior mission commander for the 137th SOW.

“Participating in Emerald Warrior allowed us to display our capabilities to the ultimate user – Special Tactics Airmen on the ground,” Lewis said.

Helms said he is grateful for everyone who participated this year, especially the partner nations who traveled such a long distance.

“This exercise is one of the ways we sharpen our axe,” he said. “Once you leave for deployment, that’s it, you'd better be prepared. That’s why every minute of this exercise counts and every training moment matters.”