Strategic information sharing and coordinated operations planning to combat emerging threats at a transnational level were topics on the agenda at the 25th virtual meeting of Honduran and Salvadoran border military units. The meeting took place under the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, in Spanish).
The commanders of the Honduran Armed Forces’ 101st Infantry Brigade and the Salvadoran Armed Force’s Third Brigade took part in the virtual meeting, under the CFAC’s general schedule of activities.
Through its National Defense Secretariat, Honduras conducts coordinated work with El Salvador through the Lenca-Sumpul Task Force, as well as with Guatemala through the Maya-Chortí Task Force, and with Nicaragua through the Morazán-Sandino Task Force.
This joint work has yielded positive results, such as arrests of common and organized crime members, drug seizures, and the prevention of crimes against the population.
Military Border Unit Commanders meetings are part of the strategy that the CFAC Superior Council implements to boost task completion, analyze measures implemented, and use technological tools to strengthen joint work.
In addition to border security tasks, Honduras also helped to recover a UH-1H helicopter of the Belizean security forces in 2020, with the support of a Honduran Air Force specialized military team and the Humanitarian Rescue Unit.
Similarly, another Honduran air team deployed to support Guatemala’s efforts to extinguish a forest fire in Petén.
In addition, through Operation Honduras Solidarity (Operación Honduras Solidaria), the country served as a humanitarian air bridge, extending its fraternal arm to El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic by transporting coronavirus tests donated by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration.
In February 2021, the Honduran government collaborated with Guatemala to transport 5,000 doses of vaccines from Israel, providing logistics support with a Honduran Air Force aircraft.