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The Jungle Operations Training Center at Ft Sherman Panama

A little trip down memory lane for those of you who attended JOTC while it was still located in Panama.

11 Responses to “The Jungle Operations Training Center at Ft Sherman Panama”

  1. Miclo18d says:

    Ahhhh, the memories! Good catch SSD!

    — the hour to walk 100m off the DZ with wpn, LCE, ruck, and chute because they had cut the “grass” and every step you went knee deep and it threw you to the ground, then getting stung by killer bees on the road.
    — 15 and 15’s into the the lagoon!
    — trying to get the original SLGR (“slugger” GPS) to pick up three satellites in triple-C, wah wah wah waaaaaaaaah
    — trying to traverse the cliffs to the Chagras to do poncho rafts…. At night! In the rain! Hilarity insued!
    — R&R in Col√≥n…. Uh actually I don’t remember much of that…
    — waiting in the last van back to Sherman (late for accountability formation) while one of our Lt’s got one of our Ranger Buddies out of the Ft Davis MP station for beating down 3 MI guys at the E-club

    Also watch the boat scene in Quantum of Solace as 007 traverses the lagoon!

  2. Terry B. says:

    Thanks SSD,

    A truly great small unit training venue. Unfortunately, it is also something that the new Jungle School on Oahu can only approximate but not replicate.


    • Wake27 says:

      It helps when its an Army-wide school vs. just a division running its own course.

      • Terry B. says:


        You are absolutely correct. I wasn’t trying to take anything away from the dedicated cadre of the new school. I’m sure they are hard chargers.

        But I was referring to the terrain, vegetation, weather, wildlife and the “water features” that JOTC at Ft Sherman had that Oahu doesn’t.


  3. Matt says:

    Rotated through in Nov-Dec ’92 with the 10th Mountain Division. Great memories and my favorite deployment.

  4. Kaos-1 says:

    And Miami Vice out of nowhere . Lmfao

  5. JEFF says:

    FEB `77 AND OCT `78. LOVED IT.

  6. OC Tactical says:

    Good Times!

  7. Buckaroomedic. says:

    Still have my Jungle Expert patch. Good times, good times . . .

  8. jose says:

    Ahh, the joys of the Jungle.. I can still recall all the OPFOR taskings for JOTC and how the jungle just ate up units.. The Bees, the land crabs, the rain, the humidity, the hills, the lagoon, the zoo..

    too many damn memories.. R&R in Colon, it was ok, R&R in PC priceless..

  9. Jimbo says:

    I did multiple bluefor/opfor rotations (1/508 and 5/87). Great training in a great place. I miss that place more and more as the years go on. Especially every year in the deserts.