Joint Task Force Bravo: US military outpost in Honduras
Over the past four decades a small outpost in Honduras has housed a mix of US military forces, backed by aid organizations to do a Swiss Army-knife type mission of providing medical assistance, disaster response and military training for Latin American allies.
Joint Task Force Bravo contains between 500 and 1,500 US troops at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras and hosts both permanent active-duty staff and rotating Guard and reserve troops for its regionally focused mission.
Army Col. Steven Barry recently spoke with Army Times about the task force mission and how it fits into the larger US Southern Command focus on Central and South America.
Barry hails from Hamilton, New Jersey and he is a 1996 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. Most of his career has been spent in armor and cavalry units. He has had multiple deployments during his career, including Germany, Macedonia, Kosovo and Iraq.
His most recent operational command was with 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Stryker Squadron, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado from 2014 to 2015.
Between that command and his posting this summer with the task force, he worked as the strategic assessments branch chief and plans integration branch chief on the joint staff, J5 and then as an Army War College fellow at Georgetown University.
The following question-and-answer session was edited for clarity and content.