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Altman, Howard

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Altman, Howard

Commandos committing suicide at record pace, McRaven says

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Commandos are taking their own lives at a record pace, said Adm. William McRaven, commander U.S. Special Operations Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base.

McRaven: No. 1 job is caring for troops, families

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Adm. William McRaven, U.S. Special Operations commander, says there is a lot of pressure on his forces because they are in 84 countries and have been fighting hard for more than a decade.

Centcom commander lauds U.S. intelligence advantage

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With U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan set to end in December, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander o...

National Intelligence director blasts Snowden leaks at Tampa conference

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A day after the Washington Post and ...

Defense Intelligence Agency creates new training center at MacDill

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The Defense Intelligence Agency has created a new training and development center for its 2,000 personnel at MacDill Air Force Base, which is the first of many agency satellite learning centers around the globe.

Family, Tampa mourners honor fallen Fort Hood soldier

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Army Staff Sgt. Carlos Alberto Lazaney Rodriguez survived two deployments to Iraq and after nearly 20 years in uniform, was preparing to leave the service and move to Tampa, where his parents have lived since 2012, said ...

Congressmen have questions for Holder in Jill Kelley leak

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Jill Kelley, whose complaint about cyberstalking led to the discovery of a CIA sex scandal, said she is grateful for support being shown by two Republican congressmen upset that the Justice Department won’t invest...

Shooting event kicks off military intelligence symposium

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Jim Bower squeezes the trigger of an AK-47, sending 7.62 mm rounds from the world’s most popular rifle flying at a target 10 meters away.

GEOINT intelligence event expected to boost business locally

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TAMPA — Some of the nation’s top spies and military leaders, along with about 4,000 others in the defense, intelligence and homeland security communities, are descending on Tampa this week for a symposium bei...

Tampa VA hospital’s $56 million center almost ready

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Spread out over more than 170,000 square feet on two floors, the new Polytrauma and Rehabilitation Center at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital is a $56 million project four years in the making.

Fort Hood victims arrive in Tampa today

- Two flag-draped coffins, containing bodies of soldiers slain at Fort Hood last week, will arrive at Tampa International Airport to begin the final leg of their final journeys.

State inspectors denied records at Tampa VA hospital

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For the second time in as many days, inspectors from the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration we...

Bay Pines VA facility turns away state inspectors

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A day after Department of Veterans Affairs officials released the locations where delays in treatment led t...

Honor escort set for Fort Hood victim

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The body of Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, killed in last week’s rampage at Fort Hood will be returning to Tampa on Friday for an honor escort.

VA releases findings on deaths, injuries from delayed tests

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Three veterans died and nine others were injured as the result of delays in treatment for gastrointestinal cancers in the VA’s Sunshine Healthcare Network serving Florida,...

Altman: MacDill counselors available to help military families

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As I write this Friday, just two days after authorities say Army Spc. Ivan Lopez gunned do...

Two Fort Hood victims have Tampa Bay ties

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The Tampa area, home to an Air Force base with two major combatant commands, has another connection to the military, this one tragic.

Mulberry High honors former student killed in Fort Hood

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The tragedy of the Fort Hood shootings hit home for a Bay area high school this morning as the assistant principal of Mulberry High School asked for a moment of silence to honor a former student gunned down Wednesday at ...

No security changes at MacDill after Fort Hood attack

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A day after another mass killing at a military installation, those who live on, work at or frequently visit MacDill Air Force Base expressed sadness and sympathy, but no feeling of vulnerability.

Pybus on deck as Socom’s second in command

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The Tampa special operations community is lauding President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next deputy commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

Vet recounts mission at school’s memorial to fallen veterans

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With his Marine unit decimated and desperate to break out beyond the pill boxes lining the airstrip on the island of Iwo Jima, Woody Williams sat in a bomb crater listening to his commanding officer ask for ideas and vol...

Gov. Scott asks answers in VA hospital deaths

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Gov. Rick Scott is the latest politician seeking answers about deaths at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals.

Air Force wants to replace U-2 with unmanned aircraft

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Budget constraints has forced the Air Force to propose grounding its fleet of 32 U-2s, whose service has run from the Cold War to the war in Afghanistan, in place of the RQ-4 Global Hawk.

Altman: Air Force cheating scandal upsets retired missile man

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The news that the Air Force has relieved nine officers, allowed a commander to retire and will discipline 91 others as a result of a cheating scandal among intercontinental nuclear ballis...

Sen. Nelson: None of the controversial VA deaths occurred at Haley

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Neither the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa nor the C.W. “Bill” Young” VA Medical Center at Bay Pines were the locations where deaths occurred as the result of treatment delays, acc...

License plate scanner scores at AirFest

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An Oldsmar company’s license plate-scanning technology was used at the MacDill air show to help nab one person on a criminal warrant and identify about 200 people with traffic offenses or suspended licenses.

Organizers of cancelled Tampa intelligence conference sue insurer

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The organizers of a major national intelligence conference that would have brought more than 4,000 visitors to Tampa last year are suing Lloyds of London, claiming it reneged on a cancellation insurance policy.

Jolly named to House committees on veterans, infrastructure

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Newly minted U.S. Rep. David Jolly said jobs, veterans, beaches and protecting the district’s Coast Guard assets will be his top legislative priorities.

House committee website targets VA failure to provide information

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Frustrated by a “lack of transparency” by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the House Veterans Affairs Committee launched a new website this morning tr...

Family was out of contact with man arrested near MacDill

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Steven Coggins II called his grandmother two weeks ago to say he was in Tampa without any food, and then he was arrested after driving through a gate at MacDill Air Force Base.

Family was out of contact with man who drove past MacDill security

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The last time Pat Coggins heard from her grandson Steven Coggins II was about two weeks ago, when he called to tell her he was in Tampa, with no food or water.

Family was out of contact with man who drove past MacDill security

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The last time Pat Coggins heard from her grandson Steven Coggins II was about two weeks ago, when he called to tell her he was in Tampa, with no food or water.

AirFest 2014 template for future

- Base officials say they haven’t figured out the full attendance over the two days. About 95,000 showed up on Saturday, they say.

Altman: Destin mail carrier has bracelet of ex-POW in Westchase

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When Paul Wright was 11, his uncle gave him a gift — a bracelet with the name of an American prisoner of war. It was one of thousands made to show support for the POWs of ...

A day at AirFest: Planes and smiles

- From beginning to end, AirFest offers thrills and information for the thousands who flocked to MacDill Air Force Base on Saturday.

Airfest promises a top-flight show

- Touching tales, dazzling performances, and historic aircraft will be on display during this weekend's Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base.

Malaysia jetliner mystery hits home

- Robert Hodgin was 9 in 1956 when his father flew a B-47 out of MacDill Air Force Base that disappeared forever. Capt. Robert Howe Hodgin was one of three men lost.

AirFest’s not yet here, but the planes sure are

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TAMPA — The man they call Swagger climbs out of the 74-year-old former Navy training plane with a big smile.

Altman: Veterans played key role in Jolly’s District 13 victory

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For years, Scott Neil tromped around Iraq and Afghanistan teaching villagers the rudiments of governance, among many other things. Jerry Lavely gathered intelligence at 70,000 feet while piloting the venerable U2 spy pla...

Some experts involved in Flight 370 search coming to Tampa

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Many of the people engaged in U.S. efforts to help find Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 will be in Tampa next month at a conference devoted to the techniques and technologies being used in the search.

Centcom denies claims its computers were hacked

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U.S. Central Command is denying a claim made today by a pro Assad hacking group that it penetrated the command’s computer system.

Aerial refueling exercise foreshadows AirFest

- Aerial refueling training keeps skills of crews, pilots fresh.

Additional tankers budgeted for MacDill

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MacDill Air Force Base is scheduled to receive an additional eight aerial refueling tankers under President Barack Obama’s budget plan, according to the Air Force.

Altman: VA’s calculation of outstanding claims questioned

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From their home in New Port Richey, Lauren and Jim Price have been waging a battle against the Veterans Administration, which they say is an overtaxed system that is not responsive to the...

Defense cuts cause Centcom commander ‘great concern’

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With Russian troops in Ukraine and China announcing a huge increase in its military budget, Army Gen. Lloyd Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, reminded congress that the MacDill Air Force Base-headquartered c...

Fish strike aborts MacDill jet's takeoff

- There are fish stories and then there is this: Crew members abort a takeoff after striking what they thought was an osprey. Turns out it wasn't.

Two major MacDill commands winners in new budget

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As expected, the two major commands headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base came out winners in the budget and planning documents unveiled in Washington Tuesday.

‘Lone Survivor’ SEAL starts tour in Tampa

- Marcus Luttrell, the main subject of the film “Lone Survivor,” brings his Patriot Tour to the Tampa Theatre where soldiers will tell inside stories of combat situations.

Portrait may signal leadership change at MacDill

- There are a couple of signs that Adm. William McRaven, leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, might be moving: he has already been here three years and a portrait of him arrives in June.

McRaven tells Congress his goals remain on track despite budget woes

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As the man responsible for synchronizing the global war on terrorism, Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, laid out for congress his vision for the future of a force that continues to fray,...