About Us

Progress Through Unity

Joint Task Force-Bravo is one of three 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.

If you're an inbound service member, check out Newcomers Information.




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
  • September 2017: JTF-Bravo provides hurricane relief assistance in collaboration with USAID/OFDA as part of JTF- Leeward Islands  
  • 2019:  JTF-Bravo provides aerial transportation assistance in Panama during Operation Darien Lift.
  • 2020: JTF-Bravo supports rescue, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions in Honduras, Guatemala and Panama after devastation left by hurricanes Eta and Iota.
  • 2021: JTF-Bravo deployed approximately 200 personnel in support of JTF-Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake devastated the country.  

U.S. Southern Command


U.S. Southern Command is one of eleven unified Combatant Commands within the U.S. Department of Defense.

SOUTHCOM is responsible for providing contingency planning, operations, and security cooperation in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.  


Area of Focus

The U.S. Southern Command Area of Responsibility encompasses 31 countries and 16 dependencies and areas of special sovereignty. 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


For more information, please visit USSOUTHCOM.