Welcome to JTF-Bravo

Congratulations on your assignment to Joint Task Force-Bravo!

JTF-Bravo is a subordinate command of U.S. Southern Command, responsible for a Joint Operations Area which encompasses the seven Central American countries. Our focus is strengthening partnerships, maintaining personal readiness, and integrating JTF-Bravo capabilities with our partner nations. This focus enables combined operations to effectively counter regional threats, build our partners' capacity, and quickly respond to humanitarian assistance/disaster relief contingencies. 

For information on your upcoming assignment, check out our Welcome Guide for all guidance on arrival and necessary documents you may need.

Progress Through Unity

Progress Through Unity

Joint Task Force-Bravo Operations:

  • Strengthen Partnerships
  • Counter Threats
  • Build Our Team

JTF-Bravo History

  • 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 Air Base 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.