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A brief history of Colonel Chris Miller's experiences in Panama

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Howard was the bastion of US air power in Central and South America. In its heyday, it was the center for counterdrug operations, military and humanitarian airlift, contingencies, joint-nation exercises, and search and rescue. Carved out of a jungle a 500 yards from the Pacific Ocean, it opened in 1942. It was name after Maj. Charles H. Howard, who flew in Panama in the late 1920s. Once the busy hub of Air Force operations in Latin America, Howard boasted fighters, cargo planes, tankers, airborne warning and control system planes, “executive” jets, and search and rescue helicopters. It was also home for a host of Army and Navy aircraft. Its people tracked drug traffickers out of South America. And its cargo planes provided airlift for US Southern Command contingencies, exercises, disaster relief and conducted search and rescue in the vast region. Yet, only the C-27 Spartan transports and executive jets belonged to the wing. The others were Guard and Reserve planes that rotated into the base.
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Looking towards "The Mall"
Military Housing
Looking down the main drag

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