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News | April 16, 2021

US military conducts personnel recovery in northern Honduras

By Maria Pinel JTF-Bravo Public Affairs

U.S. military personnel assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo, based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras will conduct a week-long overwater personnel recovery training in the department of Colón.

The training scenario will involve JTFB-Bravo personnel deploying to Puerto Castilla to rehearse mission command and operations in response to a downed aircraft, with the use of UH-60, HH-60 and CH-47 helicopters. Training will take place April 16-24; citizens of Colón should expect to see air movements and noise near Trujillo and Puerto Castilla during this time.

The task force frequently conducts overwater flight operations, making this training crucial to maintaining unit readiness, and enhancing the team’s ability to respond to a similar real world scenario. 

“Our operations during this training go hand in hand with our commitment to maintaining a ready force,” said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Adam Bock, 1-228th Aviation Regiment commander. “This exercise will serve as a refresher to validate our skills and readiness to respond to a downed helicopter or similar contingency in the area.”

JTF-Bravo is one of three task forces under the U.S. Southern Command and places a strong emphasis on maintaining competencies and response capabilities to assist both partner nations and U.S. military units operating within SOUTHCOM’s area of operations.