U.S. SOF in Latin
Company, 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Honduras
Near Camp Fairweather in Belize
FEB 96/photo by CW2 Terry Hill
Note: The 228th is not a Special Operations unit,
however they are included here due to their frequent
interaction with US SOF units in this theater of operations.
D Company, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
is the primary provider of special ops aviation assets
in the region.
/ Combined Exchange Training (JCET)
AFB, Panama - JIATF-S is our nations primary vehicle
for integrating U.S. Department of Defense assets into
regional counterdrug efforts in Panama and South America.
JIATF South executes U.S. National Counterdrug Policy
by supporting U.S. Federal Agency and Participating
Nation counterdrug efforts to deter, degrade, and disrupt
the production and transshipment of illegal drugs within
and from Panama and South America.
States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) is the unified command
responsible for all U.S. military activities in South
America and Central America. Its area of responsibility
encompasses 19 countries, represents about one-sixth
of the world's land mass and covers about seven million
square miles, stretching 6,000 miles from Mexico's southern
border to Cape Horn. The command supports U.S. interests
in the southern theater by establishing and implementing
plans, programs and policies that contribute to the
defense of the U.S. and its allies.
Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School
- The U.S. Navy Small Craft Instruction and Technical
Training School (NAVSCIATTS) trains navies and coast
guards from Latin American countries in methods of countering
international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and
Special Operations in Latin America - Overview,
of Defense News (5/98): U.S.
SOF in Latin America
Base Negotiations Stalled - Mention of SOCSOUTH
Forces medic saves life of wounded Paraguayan soldier
7th Special Forces Group is "training
and advising" - Venezuelan
Military Trains Foreign Troops - Washington
160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment
3/7 HQ: Fort Clayton, Panama
Boat Unit 26
composition: HHC; A Company "Talons";
C Company "Sugar Bears"; D Company "Eagles"
(attached to JTF-Bravo); 214th "Dustoff"