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Posted 3/19/2007 Printable Fact Sheet

U.S. and Honduran forces conducted combined training exercises as early as 1965. In 1983, the Honduran government requested an increase in the size and number of those exercises, and as a result, Joint Task Force-Bravo was established in August 1984. JTF-B was established 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.

Joint Task Force-Bravo Mission
Prior to 1995, JTF-Bravo's primary mission was to provide command and control, administrative, and logistical support for exercises, deployments, and humanitarian and civic assistance projects conducted in the Republic of Honduras. Today, JTF-Bravo's primary mission is to support and conduct joint, combined and interagency operations in the Joint Operations Area (JOA), to enhance regional cooperative security initiatives and support democratic development. JTF-Bravo supports U.S. interests in Central America through:
· Building regional cooperative security - Developing cooperative security arrangements and confidence building measures between neighbors that contribute to reduce regional tensions;

· Developing military roles and missions for the 21st century -- Supporting Latin American armed forces as they develop appropriate force structures and doctrine, and demonstrate support for human rights and subordination to civilian authority;

· Supporting the National Counterdrug Strategy - Supporting counterdrug efforts and programs of U.S. law enforcement agencies and regional allies;

· Exercising combined forces -- JTF-Bravo normally supports three to five large exercises a year that are directed by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Joint Task Force-Bravo Vision
· To act as the Combatant Commander's agent to promote multinational cooperation in the JOA;
- Positive interaction through combined exercises, conferences and operations;
· To be the supporting command in the region for the U.S. Embassy's Military Group commanders;
- Assist humanitarian and civic assistance planning and execution;
- Provide disaster relief, search and rescue, medevac support, and assistance for interagency counterdrug operations;
- Interagency support and media coverage to demonstrate U.S. commitment to region.
· To provide strategic flexibility for USSOUTHCOM regional engagement.

Joint Task Force-Bravo's Mission Supporting Commands (MSCs)
JTF-B consists of five major supporting commands. They are:

Air Force Forces (AFFOR)
· Mission: To provide direct support to JTF-B by conducting joint, combined, and interagency operations while supporting contingency operations throughout the assigned geographical area in order to enhance theater-wide operational security and reinforce regional cooperation. The U.S. Air Force provides world class support for all air traffic utilizing Soto Cano AB, specifically the 1-228 Aviation Battalion and Air Mobility Missions. Additionally, AFFOR continues to expand its mission "outside the fence" by supporting JTF-B's expanding mission. AFFOR personnel improve their physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being during their time at Soto Cano, while also instituting infrastructure and quality of life improvements.

· Description: Joint Task Force Bravo's Air Force Forces is composed of more than 250 personnel assigned to the 612th Air Base Squadron for a year-long, unaccompanied remote assignment or four-month Air Expeditionary Force rotations. The AFFOR provides all airfield operations support and administrative personnel support. In addition, quite a few Air Force personnel serve in joint matters and work on the JTF-Bravo joint staff and Joint Security Forces.

Army Forces (ARFOR)
· Mission: Army Forces exercises command control and provides logistical and administrative support for JTF-Bravo elements and other Army or joint operations conducted to enhance regional engagement and cooperative security in the joint area of operations. ARFOR conducts and supports humanitarian assistance; personnel recovery; counter narcotics training; and combined, joint and interagency operations and training events, including combined and multinational airborne operations and other assigned missions to enhance theater-wide operational security and reinforce regional cooperation.

· Description: ARFOR is a U.S. Army Element, Joint Latin American Support Command that falls under Joint Task Force-Bravo, the third in a series of headquarters for the command of U.S. forces. ARFOR has conducted exercises in the Republic of Honduras since 1984, and is commanded by an Army Lieutenant Colonel and a Command Sergeant Major. The Battalion consists of a Headquarters and Support Company and Staff that conducts water purification, fueling, and ammunition operations, and the Rigger section provides support for Airborne Operations. The ARFOR Staff includes the S1-personnel, S3-operations, and S4-logistics. The Battalion is authorized two local civilian employees and nearly 90 soldiers, which includes permanent positions and temporary duty personnel on 179-day rotations, as well as individual augmentees.

1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment
· Mission: The 1-228th Aviation Battalion conducts general support aviation operations in the U.S. SOUTHCOM area of responsibility. 1-228th AVN routinely conducts missions in support of counter-narcotics operations, aero-medical evacuation, humanitarian assistance, and distinguished visitor air movement in the JTF-B assigned geographic area. As the only Theater Army Aviation unit, the 1-228th AVN is responsible for the command and control of organic and attached Army aviation in the SOUTHCOM region.

· Description: The 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment is a tenant unit of Soto Cano Air Base, OPCON to JTF-B and assigned to United States Army South, which is Headquartered at Fort Sam Houston, TX. 1-228th AVN is a Theater General Support Aviation Battalion. It is comprised of four companies and detachments. They include: the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, known as the "Phantoms", who are responsible for communications, personnel, logistics, and maintenance support for aviation operations; the Alpha Company "Talons", who maintain and operate 10 UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters; the Bravo Company, "Sugar-bears", who maintain and operate four CH-47 Chinook helicopters; and the Air Ambulance Detachment, known as the "Witchdoctors", who operate and maintain four UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters. 1-228th AVN is manned with more than 150 Soldiers and more than 60 Aviation Intermediate Maintenance Contractors.

Joint Security Force (JSF)
· Mission: Joint Security Forces provides law enforcement, security, and force protection in support of JTF-Bravo personnel, facilities, equipment, and resources at Soto Cano Air Base. They maintain liaison with U.S. government and host nation law enforcement agencies. JSF provides force protection support for medical readiness exercises, counter-drug, civil assistance, and humanitarian operations throughout the AOR as directed by the JTF-Bravo commander.

· Description: The unit consists of approximately 20 U.S. Air Force Security Forces personnel serving one-year unaccompanied tours and approximately 30 temporary duty (TDY) personnel. The Air Force, Army, and Marine Corps rotate responsibility for filling the TDY team. The unit maintains both explosive and drug detection military working dog teams.

Medical Element (MEDEL)
· Mission: To provide health service support and mobile surgical teams to U.S. Forces deployed in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility and more than 560 airmen and soldiers at Soto Cano Air Base; to conduct medical readiness training exercises (MEDRETES); and to serve as liaison to Honduran Ministries of Health.

· Description: As the only continuous U.S. Military Health presence in Central America, the Medical Element provides emergency and routine medical treatment and support for all DoD Health Care beneficiaries in the AOR, supports all humanitarian and civic assistance, disaster relief, and personnel recovery missions within the AOR and reinforces regional international cooperation through SOUTHCOM missions. The Medical Element is one of the highest impact missions for JTF-Bravo, as it reaches out to the people of Honduras through the Medical Readiness Training Exercises, or MEDRETEs. These missions involve both surgical and general medical care to Honduran citizens. MEDEL provides primary care, which is basic ambulatory care of common medical illnesses, as well as secondary care, or emergency room care, which includes trauma care. All secondary care is provided by a Mobile Surgical Team, which is staffed by a general surgeon, certified nurse anesthetist, and operating room nurses and technicians.

JTF-B Public Affairs
DSN 449-4150/4676
011 504 234-4634 Ext. 4150/4664
E-mail: PAO@jtfb.southcom.mil

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