09/20/2014: Multinational Special Operations Soldiers demonstrate their capabilities during the Exercise Jackal Stone 2014 Media Day.
Exercise Jackal Stone is a United States Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) led exercise, which supports and enhances established professional military-to military relationships and builds new ones among all participating nations’ militaries by sharing doctrinal concepts, training concepts and tactics.
In the 2014 Exercise, Special Operation Forces from 10 nations – Netherlands, Czech Republic, Finland, Great Britain, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Slovenia and the United States – participated in the exercise held in Baumholder, Germany, September 12, 2014.
Credit:Training Support Activity Europe:12/16/14
According to European Command:
Jackal Stone is coordinated by the United States through Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) and is primarily a partnership building exercise.
Its objective is to provide special operations forces the opportunity to train together and build mutual respect amongst each other while sharing doctrinal concepts, training concepts and various tactics, techniques and procedures.
Shamrock Key 2006 may be considered as the beginning of Jackal Stone.
That year, five countries: Poland, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Norway participated in the exercise, which was hosted in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
The Shamrock Key exercise was renamed Jackal Stone in 2007 and has become an annual SOF capability sharing tradition.