SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras --
Wrapping up a six-month rotation, Marines and sailors with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force - Southern Command redeployed to the United States, Nov. 21.
With the approval of the Government of Honduras, the unit was based out of Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, from June to November, where they operated in various countries across Central America as the rapid response force assigned to U.S. Southern Command’s area of responsibility.
Approximately 180 of the nearly 300-member unit remained in Soto Cano as part of the headquarters element, logistical element, and aviation element that supported the four CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters with the SPMAGTF. The remainder of SPMAGTF-SC was dispersed among Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras at the invitation of their governments to conduct training and security cooperation engagements that were tailored to each partner’s needs.
The Marines were postured to quickly consolidate personnel and equipment throughout the region if called upon to respond to an emergency situation. This was exemplified by the unit’s response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew, when Marines and sailors flew to Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to support the U.S. Agency for International Development’s humanitarian assistance mission.
In addition to the security cooperation events, Marine engineers with the SPMAGTF worked with Honduran Army engineers to conduct community service projects in Gracias a Dios, Honduras. Some of these projects included the construction of new class rooms for the Republica de Cuba School and renovations to a hospital in Puerto Lempira.
For more information, please contact Capt. Tyler Hopkins, SPMAGTF-SC public affairs officer, firstname.lastname@example.org.