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Cryptonym: JMTRAV

Definition:
Infantry training base in Guatemala used for the Bay of Pigs invasion.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume III: Evolution of CIA's Anti-Castro Policies, 1959 - January 1961 Current Section: Part III: Changing Concepts

Identifies JMTRAV as an infantry training base in Guatemala being used for the Bay of Pigs.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy Current Section: E. November Revolt -- Policy Makers vs Pragmatists

"...the voice of the US government in Guatemala during the months when the ground and air training bases -- JMTRAV and JMADD, respectively -- were being established was that of the Central Intelligence Agency."

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume II: Participation in the Conduct of Foreign Policy Current Section: C. Cover, Security and Latin Pride

Carl Jenkins was the Chief of Base for JMTRAV.

Official History of the Bay of Pigs Operation, Volume I: Air Operations, March 1960 - April 1961, C. JMADD: Air Training Base, Retalhuleu, Guatemala

(p. 107): By 23 September (1960) Cuban personnel at the base numbered 39 pilots, 2 navigators, 18 mechanics, a chaplain, and a doctor. In addition, 8 PDQ's, 2 radio operators, and a number of guards had been recruited from the Cuban infantry contingent training at Finca Helvetia (JMTRAV) and were undergoing training at JMADD -- the crypt assigned to the air base. The coffee plantation, Finca Helvetia, was owned by .[blanked out] Rafael Martinez Pupo? read somewhere where he donated his land in Guatemala for the BOP. Hence his friendship with Morales and Shackley. (p. 76): As a final note on the Agency's relations with OSO/DOD, it should be emphasized that without exception the air operations personnel -- and others familiar with the air operations -- who we~e interviewed by the author were universal in their agreement that Col. Fletcher Prouty, the 000/050 USAF representative, was ______________________~------------Particularity the decision was made to withdraw USAF personnel from the overseas base in Guatemala. Gar Thorsrud put it in the following, rather explicit terms: There. was a guy over there [at DOD/OSO] b: the name of Fletcher Prouty -- who was 1. 1-- and he did everything he could to put stumbling blocks in front of the Agency, all through that operation ••• There were some situations with our liaison with the Air Force through Fletcher Prouty that I think were ....

104-10240-10238: CABLE: FOR ZABOTH PLANNING PURPOSES AMBIDDY-1 DESIRES FOLLOWING TRAINEES

1/24/61 cable from JMRAND to BELL: "For ZABOTH (Carl Jenkins) planning purposes AMBIDDY-1 desires following trainees for his ops infiltration team: 2588 or 2517, 2535, 2821, 2616, 2576 and 2768."

104-10162-10098 CABLE RE SEVEN AGENTS MENTIONED IN PARA 5 REF A NOT AMBIDDY-1'S TEAM MEMBERS.

2/8/61 cable from JMRAND to BELL: "...Total pax would then be (AMBIDDY-1) and his team members 2535, 2821, 2616, 2576, 2768 plus two additional teams consisting of 2516, 2520, 2581, 2705, 2525, 2701, 2586 and two conducting officers...trainees 2508 and 2517 are w/t operators who departed JMRYE 5 Jan for training hqs area."

104-10240-10269: CABLE:AMBIDDY-1 NOW AT TRAV TO JOIN WITH STRIKE FORCE. HE

4/1/61 memo describes "AMBIDDY-1 now at TRAV to join with strike force...Team members are Garcia Martinez, Frank Bernadino, Jorge Rodrigues Fleites, Carlos Hernandez, Nestor (Tony) Izquierdo. Artime requested for them to be made available (they were in Mexico)." "TRAV concurs" - that sounds like Carl Jenkins speaking.

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