NEWS | Oct. 18, 2013

Joint Task Force-Bravo supports Honduran-led anti-drug trafficking operation

By Capt. Zach Anderson Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs

Joint Task Force-Bravo assisted Honduran military forces in conducting a successful operation to disrupt and disable illicit airfields used for drug trafficking, Oct. 6-10, 2013.

As part of Operation ARMADILLO, Joint Task Force-Bravo's 1-228th Aviation Regiment transported Honduran forces to and from several remote locations in the Gracias a Dios region of Honduras. The Honduran forces used explosives to crater the illicit airfields, rendering them useless. During the operation, the Honduran forces destroyed more than 10 illicit airfields.

Operation ARMADILLO was planned and approved by the Honduran government, working in collaboration with the U.S. Government to provide aviation support to the Honduran military in disabling illicit airfields. The purpose of the operation was to target airfields utilized by drug trafficking organizations in order to improve public security for Hondurans living in the department of Gracias a Dios.