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Government of Guatemala National Coordination for Disaster Management representatives supervise Guatemalan Air Force members loading humanitarian aid in U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook assigned to the 1-228th Aviation Regiment, Joint Task Force-Bravo, at Guatemala City, Guatemala, Nov. 20, 2020. JTF-Bravo's forward deployment to Guatemala highlights the importance of cooperation and training with partners to build trust and teamwork. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Elijaih Tiggs)
JTF-Bravo begins Iota Response
By Capt. Rachel Salpietra
JTF-Bravo Public Affairs
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras, Nov. 23, 2020 —
Joint Task Force-Bravo has joined aerial relief operations following tropical storm Iota at the request of the governments of Guatemala and Honduras. Flight crews assigned to the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment will be providing assistance in affected areas of both nations.
The task force recently supported immediate, life-saving efforts in Honduras, Panama and Guatemala in communities affected by Hurricane Eta, assisting in the rescue of 289 citizens, the transportation of approximately 378 thousand pounds of life-saving supplies, and the transportation of 85 emergency responders to areas stranded by the passing of the storm.
Although JTF-Bravo will still assist the governments of Honduras and Guatemala with search and rescue, JTF-Bravo’s primary focus for Hurricane Iota relief will focus on the delivery of humanitarian aid to areas of difficult access in the region, working in conjunction with our partners and the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.
“Our team is ready to continue the fight,” said U.S. Army Col. John D. Litchfield, JTF-Bravo commander. “We are proud to continue working with our partners and USAID to get supplies to those who need it most. Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by these storms.”
In support of USAID, JTF-Bravo has flown 24 missions, transporting nearly 47 metric tons of food, water, hygiene kits, and other relief supplies to people affected by the recent storms. Adm. Craig Faller, U.S. Southern Command commander, approved operations up to Dec. 2.
For more information, please contact U.S. Air Force Capt. Rachel N. Salpietra, JTF-Bravo Public Affairs director, at email@example.com