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.
Buildings of the Escuela de las Americas (2006)
It was perhaps best known as the location of the School of the Americas. In 1984, control of the fort was turned over to the Republic of Panama who renamed it Fuerte Espinar. 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 .
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 was on-going. This assignment gave Company B a unique training environment. The Company supported the U.S. Army School of the Americas 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.
Along with the above mentioned units, the 549th MP Company also called Fort Gulick home for extended periods of time. The companies moved from Fort Gulick to Fort Davis and back multiple times (two confirmed moves happened in 1962 and 1984) for various administrative reasons. The 549th MP and 3/7 SFG barracks were "next-door neighbors" on Fort Gulick, with only 20 meters separating the buildings.
The Panama Canal Treaties of 1977 called for the USA to turn Fort Gulick over to the Panamanian government in August–September of 1984. In fulfillment of these terms, the 549th MP Company, The Provost Marshal's Office (PMO) and 3/7 SFG moved their commands and barracks back to Fort Davis, which had been their former and long time home while in the Republic of Panama. These units remained on Fort Davis until The United States turned over all installations to the Panamanian government.
During (and previous to) this time, Fort Gulick had been jointly occupied by the US Army and the Panamanian Defense Forces (PDF). The PDF barracks also enjoyed residence on Fort Gulick as did the US Army School of The Americas. In late 1984, the School of the Americas also lost its home on Fort Gulick and was relocated to Fort Benning in The United States.
Fort Gulick went through several rapid name changes when control was given over to the Panamanian government, among those being Fort Manuel Antonio Noriega and Fort Jose Domingo Espinar. It was eventually given its current name, Fort Espinar.
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.)
- Military Railroads on the Panama Canal Zone by Charles S. Small, Railroad monographs 1982
Coordinates: 9°19′N 79°52′W / 9.317°N 79.867°W
Special Forces - Fort Gulick, Panama Canal Zone - 1966
A clip of U.S. Army Staff Film Report 66-12A.
Ft. Gulick and Coco Solo
Ft. Gulick, Coco Solo & CHS.
Ft. Gulick & Ft. Davis 1976
School of Americas, Ft. Davis Pool, theater ect.
Ft Sherman Ft Gulick Ft Espinar
This is a short bit from Fort Sherman Panama the rest is from the barracks on Fort Gulick / Fort Espinar Panama these are PDF barracks assaulted during "Just...
the atlantic side, canal zone, panama
margarita, coco solo, gatun, cristobal, ft.davis, ft.sherman, ft. gulick, mindi, canal zone, panama.
Electronica dentro deun bunker en el antiguo Ft Gulick, Colon
Al final del Canopy que esta en el antiguo Ft Gulick podemos encontrar una seri de bunkers, aqui pueden ver como un amigo aleman utilizaba un pequeño instrum...
Ft. Gulick Raiders 1976, Panama, Canal Zone
Ft. Gulick Raiders football team - October 1976.
Solo Saxo at Ft. Gulick
Saxo sesion during the recent Marines visits in Panamá.
Staff Film Report 66-39A (1966)
Vietnam - July And August 1966 - 101st Airborne Infantry, 1st Cavalry, 173d Airborne And 1st Infantry Division; And Activities In Santo Domingo, Fort Gulick,...
School of the Americas Graduation 1965
Reviewing the troops, passing in review, graduation ceremony at the Escuela de las Americas, Fort Gulick, Canal Zone, 1965.
Sun, 07 Dec 2014 19:45:00 -0800
The School of Americas began in 1946 as a military training site at Fort Amador and then Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone. The facility, called at the time the Escuela Latino Americana Terrestre (Latin American Ground School), centralized the ...
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:22:30 -0800
The U.S. Army School of the Americas was located in Fort Gulick on the banks of the canal, a base not only for training officers in anti-democratic and abusive methods, but for sharing intelligence as part of Operation Condor's assassination program in ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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.
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