U.S. Army jumpmasters and aircraft from the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment from JTF-Bravo provide support to the Honduran Army jump training program.Click here to view a Honduran airborne jump from a U.S. aircraft at Soto Cano. The base at Soto Cano is the U.S. military's only usable airfield on the Latin American mainland and many aviation assets of U.S. Army South (USARSO), Southcom's army component, were moved to Soto Cano. These include a command and control element, CH-47 "Chinook" helicopters, and UH-60 "Blackhawk" and "Medevac" helicopters.
U.S. forces have engaged in joint airborne training since the early 1980s when exercises were conducted by U.S. and Honduran paratroopers who would then deploy along the country's southern border following an incursion by Nicaraguan forces. In 2009 by U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant Major Gary, who said, "The Honduran people should be very proud of the achievements of these parachutists from both the Airborne School and the 1st Special Forces Battalion. These soldiers have all volunteered to parachute from any plane in flight, knowing well the hazards of their choice. We are very proud to be here training with them, and think of them as our airborne brothers.
Picture on the right depicts a parachute drop of some 200 U.S. Army and Honduran jumpers in 2009. For more details, click here
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