TEGUCIGALPA – U.S. helicopters based at Joint Task Force-Bravo moved over 300 Honduran military members, their gear and supplies to forward operating posts in the most remote regions of Honduras last week.
The U.S. Embassy, JTF-Bravo, and the Honduran Air Force are cooperating to increase the Honduran military’s ability to provide security in Gracias a Dios, Colon, and Olancho.
Transporting personnel and supplies by helicopter to these areas only takes a few hours, as opposed to rotating by ship.
“The fact that [the U.S. military] provides us with logistics and personnel transportation support allows us to have more training time which results in a better performance in the Gracias a Dios region,” said Honduras Army Lt. Col. Norman Bustillo, Joint Chief of Staff’s Operations Director.
“This support is vital for us,” added Bustillo. “It saves us time, minimizes risks and gives us an enhanced operational capacity. We’ve always had a good relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces. They’ve always helped us with training and cooperation and that strengthens our country.”