Troop Deployment Dubbed ‘Golden Pheasant’ With PM-Nicaragua
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Pentagon said Thursday it had assigned the code name ″Golden Pheasant″ to the deployment of troops to Honduras and that the roughly 3,200 soldiers were carrying their normal weapons along with nine helicopters and two light tanks.
The Defense Department, in a brief statement, said 55 Air Force cargo planes would be used to fly two battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division and two from the 7th Light Infantry Division to Honduras.
The 82nd Airborne units are staging out of Pope Air Force Base, N.C., while the 7th Light Infantry units are staging out of Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the Pentagon said.
The Pentagon said the four battalions would be assembled into an infantry brigade task force under the command of Army Brig. Gen. Daniel R. Schroeder, the chief of staff of the XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.
The battalions will conduct field exercises with Honduran units after arriving today and Friday, the Pentagon said. The battalions are carrying three OH-58 observation helicopters; four AH-1 Cobra attack helicopters; 1 UH- 60 utility transport copter, and 2 M-551 Sheridan light tanks, the Pentagon added.
The Pentagon identified the individual units involved in the deployment as:
-Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 1st Brigade, 82nd Airborne.
-Task Force 1-504 Infantry, 82nd Airborne.
-Task Force 2-504 Infantry, 82nd Airborne.
-Two batteries, 3rd Battalion, 319th Field Artillery, 82nd Airborne.
-Element from 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 82nd Airborne.
-Task Force 2-27 Infantry, 7th Light Infantry.
-Task Force 3-27 Infantry, 7th Light Infantry.
-Battery B, 6th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, 7th Light Infantry.