Joint Task Force – Bravo (JTF-B) has a new commander – Colonel John Litchfield. A change of command ceremony took place at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Army Colonel Colonel Steven Barry passed the reigns to Litchfield on August 5, 2020.
Litchfield, a Special Forces officer, has served in the Army for 31 years. He has enlisted and commissioned service in both conventional and special operations units. Among his assignments are:
- Rifle platoon leader in Korea
- Rifle platoon leader with 75th Ranger Regiment
- Detachment commander with 7th Special Forces Group
- As a field grade officer served with a special mission unit and interagency assignment
- Company commander and later battalion executive officer with the 1st Special Forces Group in Okinawa, Japan
- Aide-de-camp for the CG of a U.S. task force in Afghanistan
- Plans officer and strategist with NATO Special Operations Headquarters in Mons, Belgium
- Director of the Special Operations Forces Fusion Cell in Afghanistan
- Commander of Warrior Transition Battalion at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to lead Joint Task Force – Bravo and continue building relationships with our valued partners throughout the region. Now, more than ever, I believe it is crucial that we continue seeking opportunities to grow and nourish those friendships while envisioning our shared future.”Colonel John Litchfield’s remarks during CoC ceremony, August 5, 2020.
Joint Task Force Bravo is a forward-based expeditionary joint task force based at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras. It is U.S. Southern Command’s lead forward element in the Central American region. The task force conducts a wide variety of missions and operations to enhance regional stability, security, and cooperation. It’s joint area of operations includes seven nations; although, when directed, it can operate beyond that operational area.
Photo by Senior Airman Jovan Banks, Colonel John Litchfield, DVIDS, August 5, 2020.