U.S. military canal defense and base security requirements and future requirements regarding proposed canal relocations in Panama. A U.S. officer conducts a JCS (Joint Chiefs of Staff) briefing in the United States. A map of Panama shows military training areas. The map shows Pecora-Chepo, Pina-Range, Mandinga and Madden as military training areas. An officer speaks. A map shows Costa Rica border, present canal zone in Eastern Panama and Atrato River in Columbia. The officers speak about canal relocations and future requirements in Panama. A map of Panama shows present canal zone. An officer speaks.
An outline of U.S. military canal defense and base security requirements and future requirements regarding proposed canal relocations in Panama. A U.S. officer conducts a JCS (Joint Chiefs of Staff) briefing in the United States. Maps of the Canal Zone and Panama shows military installations, communications facilities and training areas. An officer points out Quarry Heights, Fort Amador, Howard AFB, Fort Kobbe, Rodman Naval Air Station and Fort Clayton on the map of Panama. An aerial photograph of Quarry Heights which will provide operational support for United States Southern Command Headquarters. An aerial picture of a bridge in Panama City and Quarry Heights in the background. Aerial photographs of Bridge of the Americas, Albrook AFB, Rodman Naval Station, Howard AFB and Fort Amador. An officer briefs. Maps of Fort Sherman and Galeta Island. Aerial photographs of Fort Sherman and Galeta Island.
U.S. military base requirements in Panama Canal Zone. Covers outline of military canal defense and base security requirements and future requirements regarding proposed canal relocations by Lieutenant Colonel J.D. Balmer Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Robert K. Widdicombe Jr.. A U.S. officer conducts a JCS briefing in the United States. The officer speaks. A chart shows Army, Navy, and Air Force as components of USSOUTHCOM. The chart shows organization and mission of USSOUTHCOM (United States Southern Command). The officer displays placards on a board.
Construction of the Panama Canal connecting the Caribbean Ocean with the Pacific Ocean. Views of abandoned and failed first attempt by French team led by Ferdinand de Lesseps, with scenes of Panama natives cutting vegetation with machetes. Scene of abandoned canal work area. Scenes of United States work to build the canal beginning in 1903. Steam shovels digging and moving earth. Laborers construct railroad for use in canal building. General Glen Edgerton talks about the construction difficulties from malaria, and the worker prescription of quinine three times daily. Views of British and French workers on the site working and arriving by rail to work. Dynamite explosion removes rumble for railroad construction. View of locks under construction 1000 feet long and 110 feet wide. Excerpt from interview with former Canal Zone Governor and Congressman Maurice Thatcher, who characterizes the project as the greatest liberty that man had ever taken with nature. (Thatcher was honored when the first bridge connecting both sides of the Panama Canal was named after him as "Thatcher Ferry Bridge". In 1979 the name was officially changed to the Bridge of the Americas.) Clip next shows 1970's aerial view of the Panama Canal. Ships moving through the Panama Canal.
Aerial views of Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in the Panama Canal Zone. Lush green fields, tower and buildings in the Canal zones. Shoreline, a ship anchored at the canal, vehicles move along the border between the Panama Canal Zone and Republic of Panama. Fort Gulick on the Atlantic side of the Canal. Palm trees, buildings, cars move along the border. Cars parked alongside of the road that forms the border between Republic of Panama and Canal Zone.
U.S. Army soldiers at the Panama Canal Zone in Panama. The soldiers walking along shore. A ship docked along the shore. Men aboard the ship. The soldiers holding rifles, march on the ground. Mountains in the background. Soldiers working in the area. A soldier watching the enemy actions through a camera. Aircraft lined up at the airbase. Aircraft taking off. Several aircraft flying in formation overhead.