About Us

Progress Through Unity

Joint Task Force-Bravo is one of two task forces under United States Southern Command. Located at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, JTF-Bravo operates a forward, all-weather day/night C-5-capable air base, organizes multilateral exercises and supports, in cooperation with our partner nations, counter transnational organized crime, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts and the development of partner capacities, to promote regional cooperation and security in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. 



Area of Focus


 U.S. Southern Command is the  headquarters that directs U.S. military-  to-military relations and engagement in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, and it helps foster security and stability by maintaining partnerships throughout the region.


U.S. Southern Command is one of ten Unified Combatant Commands within the U.S. Department of Defense. The joint command is comprised of more than 1,200 military and civilian personnel representing all branches of the U.S. military and numerous federal agencies. Under the leadership of a four-star commander, U.S. Southern Command conducts military operations and promotes security cooperation in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, in order to achieve U.S. national security objectives.

Area of Focus

The U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 10 territories. The region represents about one-sixth of the landmass of the world assigned to regional unified commands.

 SOUTHCOM's Area of Responsibility includes:

-The land mass of Latin America south of Mexico

-The waters adjacent to Central and South America

-The Caribbean Sea

-A portion of the Atlantic Ocean

For more information, please visit the official USSOUTHCOM Web site at www.southcom.mil 

Historical Timeline

  • 1982 : Palmerola Air Base is Constructed
  • 1983: JTF-11 is established and later re-designated JTF-Alpha 
  • 1984: JTF-Alpha is re-designated as JTF-Bravo with added mission to deter Nicaraguan aggression 
  • 1992-1994: Transitional period; JTF-Bravo works on bilateral humanitarian and civil assistance operations 
  • 1997: Commander in Chief’s Theater Engagement plan issued, calling for Soto Cano to serve as strategic gateway to theater 
  • 1998: JTF-Bravo provides disaster relief assistance after Hurricane Mitch
  • 1999: 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment assigned as tenant unit from Panama 
  • 2000 : 612th Aviation Squadron activation
  • 2002: JTF-Bravo’s mission revised to include joint and interagency operations 
  • 2007: JTF-Bravo dispatched medical team to Peru in response to severe earthquake
  • 2010: JTF-Bravo supported operation Unified Response in Haiti
  • 2014: JTF-Bravo provided aid to regions in Honduras following tropical storm Hannah 
  • March - April 2016: JTF-Bravo provided support fighting wildfires in Tela, Honduras and the Darién Province, Panama 
  • October 2016: JTF-Bravo provided assistance and humanitarian efforts to Haiti following Hurricane Matthew
  • March 2017: JTF-Bravo provides support in combating large forest fires in Honduras
  • Sept 2017 : JTF-Bravo provides hurricane relief assistance in collaboration with USAID/OFDA as part of JTF- Leeward Islands