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Fort Gulick was a U.S. Army base in the former Panama Canal Zone located on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal near Fort Davis, on Gatun Lake.

History[edit]

Buildings of the Escuela de las Americas (2006)

It was perhaps best known as the location of the School of the Americas. During the 1980s, control of the fort was turned over to the Republic of Panama who renamed it Fuerte Espinar, and the School of the Americas was moved to Fort Benning, Georgia in 1984. The U.S. retook over administration of the fort as a result of the 1989 United States invasion of Panama but kept the name of Fort Espinar.

The former site of Fort Gulick is now part of the municipal district of Colón, Panama and is the location of the Hotel Melia [1].

Military History[edit]

Abandoned bowling alley in Fort Gulick.

During the period of 1973-1979 Fort Gulick was home to Company B, 4th Battalion 10th Infantry. The rest of the 4th Battalion 10th Infantry was located at Fort Davis while construction of the barracks were on-going. This assignment gave Company B, a unique training environment. The Company supported the U.S. Army School of the America's during its tactical exercises at Fort Sherman and the Pina Training area. As well as supporting the 3rd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) whose home Fort Gulick was. The 7th Special Forces was headquartered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but had the 3rd Battalion at Fort Gulick. Prior to the 7th SFG(A) deploying to Canal Zone the 8th Special Forces Group had operated in the Central and South American area. One of the 8th SFG(A) historic participation was in the training of a Bolivian Ranger unit to pursue Ernesto "Che" Guevara and his guerrillas.

Ft Gulick-map 1979

Notes[edit]

1. Fort Gulick Dependent School 227298 (used after school for Martial Arts Classes). 2. 3rd Bn, 7th SFG(A) Buildings 232298 to 234298. 3. School of Americas building 243293 (now Hotel Melia). 4. Atlantic Area Command (USARSO) 233297 (at bottom of building was Post Office. 5. Company B, 4th Battalion 10th Infantry (two buildings, formerly of 3rd Bn, 7th SFG(A) 233296. (Note: UTM designators are not added.)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone by Charles S. Small, Railroad monographs 1982

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 9°19′N 79°52′W / 9.317°N 79.867°W / 9.317; -79.867



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The Big Lead
Sun, 26 Jan 2014 11:31:01 -0800

My dad had us in Fort Gulick, Panama. We were in Heidelberg, Germany, Fort Meade, Maryland, Fort Lewis, Washington, and Fort Ord, California was our home base.” To get here within view of those familiar orange roofs on a military base, Ron Rivera had ...
 
NBCNews.com (blog)
Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:00:39 -0800

Almost immediately, the ACSI (Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence), General Harold Aaron flew to Fort Gulick and ordered me to "Keep your hands off of Manuel Noriega! He has immense value at the highest levels." I then learned that DCI George ...
 
Patch.com
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 05:14:26 -0700

My birth place was Fort Gulick. Patch: Where were you educated? Klein: Being an Air Force brat took me all over the U.S, from Panama through Texas, Washington, Nevada, Colorado, Louisiana, Novato and Santa Rosa, California, all before college.
 
FrontPage Magazine
Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:17:23 -0700

Forty-five years ago this week, Ernesto “Che” Guevara got a major dose of his own medicine. Without trial he was declared a murderer, stood against a wall and shot. If the saying “What goes around comes around” ever fit, it's here. “When you saw the ...
 
FrontPage Magazine
Wed, 14 Sep 2011 21:58:49 -0700

In 1970 I walked into the 8th's headquarters at Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone. In the unit's trophy case of various military athletic trophies was writing pen taken off of Che's dead body. "Remember that, until a few months ago, at 4pm (local time) we ...
 
News & Observer
Sat, 15 Jan 2011 23:10:44 -0800

CHARLOTTE — The gas-powered lawn mowers roared to life at 7 a.m. every Saturday, the weekend wake-up call at Fort Gulick, in the former Panama Canal Zone. Eugenio Rivera enlisted the help of his four sons to tackle the biggest yard on the Army base.
 
Upside Down World
Fri, 09 Dec 2011 14:03:40 -0800

While a civilian academy, the project brings up bad memories of Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone, the original home of the School of the Americas which trained military forces from throughout Latin America many implicated in crimes against humanity.
 
DigitalJournal.com
Sat, 20 Jul 2013 15:41:15 -0700

They whisked him off to the US where he was tried on drug charges and found guilty. Noriega was a product of US military training: He also received intelligence and counterintelligence training at the School of the Americas at the U.S. Army's Fort ...
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