Phase Two Of ‘Darien Lift’ Operation Begins in Panama

DARIEN, Panama – Joint Task Force-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment will be providing air transportation assistance for the Republic of Panama during phase 2 of Darién Lift, February 21 through March 11, in support of the National Border Service (SENAFRONT).

Air movements will begin in the region February 21st and the transportation of supplies to the remote areas will start on the 22nd, using CH-47 Chinook helicopters to facilitate the transportation of the heavy materials.

More than 300,000 pounds of construction supplies and materials were transported during phase 1 for the construction of outposts to counter threats of illicit drug and human trafficking networks within the Darién region.

As part of SOUTHCOM’s enduring promise and commitment in Central and South America, JTF-Bravo’s priority is to develop partner nation capacities and assisting allies in their efforts to counter regional threats through cooperative operations that improve regional security and stability.

“Bravo Company of the 1st (Battalion) 228th Aviation (Regiment) assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo is part of a broader U.S. effort to assist the Panamanian government and their national border police with setting up a remote operating base out in the Darien jungle,” said Capt. Jennifer West, 1-228th Aviation Regiment Bravo company commander, during phase 1 of the mission. “The relationship between Panama and the United States is certainly a strong one.”