by Capt. Christopher Mesnard
Joint Task Force-Bravo Public Affairs
12/29/2015 - SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras -- Members
from Joint Task Force-Bravo completed a two-day troop movement of
Honduran soldiers Dec. 17, 2015, in the Gracias a Dios Department
(state) of Honduras, as a part of a greater endeavor to assist the
Central American nation's efforts to combat the trafficking of illicit
materials through the region.
The troop-movement mission is part of a greater Honduran operation,
named CARAVANA, and this iteration was the final one this calendar year,
continuing to develop and build on the effects of the operation from
the initial vision and request for support from the Honduran president
in October 2014.
Originally, the request for aid to move troops came from the Honduran
President's office to Gen. John F. Kelly, U.S. Southern Command
"Our President has recognized the importance of supporting our Central
American partners, making the region one of his top foreign policy
priorities," Kelly stated in his March 12, 2015 Posture Statement to
Congress. "We are now seeing real progress being made by the three
'Northern Triangle' countries. While there are many good examples, the
situation is especially encouraging in Honduras, where the government is
working hard to combat the drug trade, re-establish governance in
remote areas, and take meaningful action to protect human rights."
Since its initiation, Operation CARAVANA has facilitated the movement of
nearly 5,000 troops and over 210,000 pounds of cargo between remote
locations in the eastern part of Honduras, giving the country the
ability to quickly focus and adjust their forces against the ever
changing tactics traffickers use in the region.
As Operation CARAVANA continues to evolve in its execution, JTF-Bravo
continues to work in support of the Honduran Forces to ensure we
facilitate efforts to gain significant effects against the trafficking
organizations working within Honduras.
"The execution of this operation on a consistent basis has not only
achieved the right effects within Gracias a Dios, but also effects
throughout the region - impacting the overall trafficking network," said
Col. Robert Harman, JTF-Bravo commander. "In addition, it has increased
our interaction with the Honduran Staff in developing detailed and
integrated plans, and also integrated command and control throughout the
Honduran 30 day rotations of Operation CARAVANA. This operation is not
only impacting the environment but providing the time and space for
further development of our partnered forces."