and (7) the elimination of the U.S. military presence in Soto Cano would have only a minimal impact on the current U.S. And perhaps it would lead to budgetary savings. The Constitution of Honduras does not allow a permanent foreign presence in Honduras.  A “handshake” agreement between the United States and Honduras allows JTF-Bravo to remain on a “semi-permanent” basis in Honduras. This agreement, annexed to the 1954 Military Assistance Agreement between the United States and Honduras, can be repealed with little notice. Soto Cano accommodation for American staff consists of “hooches” with a tin roof, with air conditioning systems and fans for cooling. Metal dormitories are more durable structures and have air conditioning. Both include beds and other furniture, TVs, refrigerators and microwaves. The hooks and metal barracks had no running water.
Latrines, showers and laundry rooms were at the center of the residential areas. In February 2015, three brand new barracks were opened on the site, which allowed for the demolition of the “hooches” and the redeployment of staff to better housing. Volleyball courts, barbecues and “bohios” (covered picnic areas) are also located throughout the base. All domestic facilities, such as the post office, library, restaurant, fitness center, swimming pool and basic purse, are assembled in five minutes on foot. Health services are provided by the medical element. The 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment performs a multitude of airlift missions throughout Central and South America with UH-60 Black Hawk and CH-47 Chinook helicopters. U.S. forces are guests at the base that houses the Honduran Air Force Academy. Soto Cano is not an American facility, according to some media reports. GAO verified that the U.S.
military presence at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras was essential to the current U.S. Air Force. activities and objectives in the region, focusing on: (1) the costs of maintaining US forces on the ground; (2) U.S. objectives for regional economic growth and democratic reforms; (3) drug interdiction activities; and (4) the withdrawal of U.S. forces from an air base in Panama. Soto Cano Air Base (commonly known as Palmerola Air Base) is a Honduran military base 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Comayagua in Honduras. It houses between 1200 and 1500 American soldiers and is also used by the Honduran Air Force Academy.   The air base was commissioned in 1940 and the former site of the Honduran Air Force Academy in Toncontin, Tegucigalpa, was modified in Palmerola.  It is one of the most important bases of the U.S.
military`s presence in Central America.  Staff assigned to Soto Cano can take a bus that will take them from Tegucigalpa to Soto Cano….