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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2017 12:39 p.m. PST

"The 1989 invasion of Panama was unique in American military history as an act of war essentially directed against an individual, Manuel Antonio Noriega (b. 1938), the president of Panama. In 1988, Noriega had been indicted by a U. S. federal grand jury for drug trafficking. Following this, the administrations of both Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) and George H. W. Bush (b. 1924) used economic and diplomatic sanctions to pressure the dictator into resigning. When these failed, the United States, in the spring of 1989, deployed additional marine units and army and air force units to U. S. installations in Panama. Noriega failed to take the hint. In October 1989, a coup attempt against Noriega by members of the Panamanian army was put down by troops loyal to him. This failure was followed by several incidents of harassment against U. S. citizens and then by Noriega's issuance of a "declaration against the United States." Shortly after this call to arms, Panamanian soldiers killed an off-duty U. S. Army officer. The events precipitated, on December 19, 1989, the U. S.-sanctioned creation of an alternative government for Panama, led by President Gullermo Endara (b. 1936), who was sworn in by a Panamanian judge at a U. S. military base. Early the next morning, December 20, Operation Just Cause began…."


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Uparmored02 Dec 2017 11:10 p.m. PST

I love the "look" of the US Military that went into Panama:

definitely stylin'!

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2017 3:09 p.m. PST



Lion in the Stars03 Dec 2017 4:28 p.m. PST

Wasn't there a TMPer who actually deployed for Op Just Cause? I think it was vojvoda (who I haven't seen online in a long time).

Legion 406 Dec 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

Looks like those troops are from the US 7ID. And in many cases, "adorning" your helmet like that is a norm in an area with heavy thick foliage, like a jungle. As many Vets know …

Was deployed to Panama 3 times with the 101 in my very distant youth, '80-'83 .. old fart

lincolnlog Inactive Member06 Dec 2017 9:23 a.m. PST

IIRC, the 2nd Brigade went. 7th ID only had 2 Brigades and we were rounded out by a NG Brigade from he Oregon NG. Our assigned Tank Battalion was Arizona NG.

But I believe 1/32, 2/32, and 3/32 Infantry deployed. I was in 4/9th in 1st Brigade. But by Panama I was already out and in the NG myself.

Legion 406 Dec 2017 4:32 p.m. PST

A number of US Divs., at that time were rounded out by NG units. When the operation occurred I was with a Mech Bde at Ft. Benning, GA. The now deactivated 197th, was part of the 18th ABN Corps. So I missed the show …

But many of us were envious of members of the Ranger Bn at Benning. That jumped in and got a gold star on their wings for a combat drop … frown

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