The certification consisted of two days of JTF-B flight deck landing and liftoff maneuvers with Gunston Hall flight crew members assisting with signaling, wheel chocks and securing the aircraft to the deck with chains.
More than 25 JTF-B pilots completed six consecutive bounces, which are landings, liftoffs, circling then repeating the process.
When it was all said and done, we had seven helicopters, and the 1-228th had upwards of 50 people--and JTF-B brought in 20 to 25."
The battalion provides, among other things, communications and refueling support to JTF-B. During the flooding in Panama and Costa Rica, Somers was the ground commander for U.S.
Fernando Garcia, an air traffic controller for JTF-B, participated in several chapel hikes during his Soto Cano tour.
Joseph Iwaskey, a JTF-B chaplain assistant agreed that the uphill hike was tough--but said it's for a good cause.
In April 2002, JTF-B re-instituted the multinational jump exercise with six participants, and named the operation Iguana Voladora or translated in to English "The Flying Iguana".
On the fourth day, the JTF-B commander planned an ABN run or walk along with other organized sporting activities.
Because a standing JTF-B mission was support of disaster relief, there was an order on the shelf and preparations for execution started within hours, without a directive from the Joint Chiefs.
That same information was passed to JTF-B for helicopter support to carry assessment teams, food supplies, and relief items.
"We support JTF-B and USSOUTHCOM throughout their area of focus--the Caribbean and Latin America--usually through medical readiness training exercises or medical readiness exercises.
The JTF-B MEDEL hosts rotations of military doctors, dentists, and other military medical personnel from the United States--many times from the National Guard or from stateside medical centers--on two-week medical readiness training exercises, or MEDRETEs.