Joint Task Force- Bravo operates on the Honduran military installation, Soto Cano Air Base, located in the Comayagua department, Honduras. It is comprised of more than 500 U.S. military personnel and more than 500 U.S and Honduran civilians.
JTF-Bravo works to build partnerships with Honduras and other Central American countries to foster security, stability and prosperity for the Americas by conducting a variety of missions that range from supporting U.S. Government operations, to countering transnational organized crime, to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief efforts and building partner capacities. The successful completion of these missions allows JTF-Bravo to promote security throughout the region, which is the foundation for stable and productive societies.
The Caribbean, Central America, South America and the U.S. share common interests and security concerns. JTF-Bravo is committed to promoting our mutual interest of security and progress, as reflected in our motto, "Progress through Unity."
Joint Task Force-Bravo History
U.S. and Honduran forces have conducted combined training exercises as early as 1965. At the request of the Honduran government, the size and number of those exercises increased in 1983.
Fully established in August 1984, JTF-Bravo was created to exercise command and control of U.S. Forces and exercises in the Republic of Honduras, and is a subordinate command of the United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). Before being designated JTF-Bravo in 1984, this task force was known as JTF-11 and then as JTF-Alpha.
Major supporting commands that make up Joint Task Force-Bravo
JTF-Bravo consists of five major supporting commands:
The 612th Air Base Squadron (612th ABS) operates a day and night, all-weather C-5 capable airfield, and provides base operations support, air traffic control, weather, crash fire rescue, logistics and civil engineering support to JTF-Bravo and theater-wide USSOUTHCOM operations.
Army Forces Battalion (JSB-ARFOR) executes command and control for JTF-Bravo operations within the Central American area of responsibility, in support of counter transnational organized crime missions, foreign humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, and building partnership capacity.
The 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment (1-228 AVN) conducts general aviation support and medical evacuation operations in support of JTF-Bravo and theater-wide USSOUTHCOM operations. The 1-228 operates 10 UH-60, 6 CH-47 and 4 HH-60 helicopters.
Joint Security Forces (JSF) is responsible for law enforcement, security and force protection for U.S. government personnel, facilities, equipment and resources on Soto Cano Air Base. Additionally they provide security support for medical readiness training exercises, disaster response and humanitarian assistance operations and any other JTF-Bravo theater-wide operation as necessary.
The Medical Element (MEDEL) provides health services and support for U.S. forces stationed at Soto Cano Air Base, ranging from basic health care to trauma care. Additionally, MEDEL conducts medical readiness training exercises throughout Central America, maintains a Forward Surgical Section capable of conducting basic surgeries in remote conditions, and serves as a liaison to Central American ministries of health.