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Combat wounded Marine sees new horrors in role as child porn hunter

- A program gives wounded, ill and injured commandos training in high-tech computer forensics and law enforcement skills, to assist federal agents in the fight against online child sexual exploitation.

Officer based at MacDill AFB arrested in teen-sex sting

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On May 22, an Air Force captain from Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base traveled to Brevard County thinking he was going to meet up with the father of a 13-year-old girl, according to investigators. The father, invest...

Power outage leads to appointment rescheduling at Haley VA outpatient pharmacy

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About 100 veterans were forced to reschedule appointments at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital’s outpatient pharmacy building thanks to a power outage caused by a transformer explosion, according to a h...

Islamic State also gaining ground in information war

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The recent battlefield successes by Islamic State in Iraq (retaking Ramadi) and Syria (capturing Palmyra) show the jihadi group’s tenacity and resilience.

When a soldier’s life ends, the job of another soldier begins

- As the nation honors the fallen on Memorial Day, The Tampa Tribune examines the critical relationship between families of those killed in action and the troops who help them through the grieving process.

Veteran on 400-mile run to raise awareness of suicide, PTSD

- Army veteran Alex Estrella is making the 405-mile journey from MacDill AFB to Key West on foot, in his combat boots, in an effort to honor Air Force veteran Jamie Brunette

Memorial pays tribute to Gold Star families’ sacrifices

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Spurred on by an old Marine who earned the Medal of Honor for heroics during one of the bloodiest battles of World War II, the students of Benjamin Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy undertook a mission.

Local reviewers list all-time favorite war movies for Memorial Day

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As a kid, if I wasn’t outside playing baseball, football or army with the guys, I could usually be found watching a Mets game on Channel 9 or old war movies.

Clapper lauds special ops, intel teamwork in Islamic State fight

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TAMPA — Last week’s successful raid against a top Islamic State leader is a prime example of how the special operations and intelligence communities are working in tandem to battle America’s enemies,...

Socom must combat narrative of groups including Islamic State, general says

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Inside the cavernous grand ballroom of the Tampa Convention Center, special operations commanders like Army Brig. Gen. Kurt Crytzer told defense industry leaders what they need from those who have flocked to Tampa for th...

Socom looks to enhance interactions with industry, academia

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Imagine a Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa every single day of the year. Imagine U.S. Special Operations Command reaching out to inventors, industry and academia with needs, and a place to bring the...

Author explores women’s role on special ops battlefields

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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributor to Atlantic Media’s Defense One, has just published Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on th...

Special ops conference means nearly $3 million to Tampa economy

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The annual Special Operations Forces Industry Conference returns to town this week, highlighting the role of MacDill Air Force Base as a regional economic powerhouse.

Military museum distributes veteran photos, introduces new exhibits

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One by one, the veterans or in some cases family members came to the front of the indoor Quonset hut at the Armed Forces History Museum and accepted black and white portraits.

Tampa, top hacking target, to get expert help

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What can business owners do to protect themselves against cybercrime, which one recent study says cost U.S. companies nearly an average annualized $13 million last year? Especially in Tampa, a city another study said is ...

Aging veterans push for health care options

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John MacPhee, who was in the first wave of troops to hit Omaha Beach on June 6, 1944, has to travel to Tampa from his home in Sun City Center for some of the medical care he receives from the Department of Veterans Affai...

Security levels at military bases raised after jihadi activity

- MacDill AFB and other installations are at the second lowest level, Force Condition Bravo, according to a spokeswoman, who was quick to point out that the change is not the result of a specific threat, but as a reaction to ...

Clearwater vet remembers V-E Day 70 years later

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Shortly before 9 a.m. on the morning of May 8, 1945, Gerald “Bud” Berry heard a commotion outside his tent, which was pitched on a dirt airfield in Etain, France.

Report ranks St. Petersburg VA office among worst for claims backlog

- Officials from the Veterans Benefits Administration’s St. Petersburg Regional Office are taking issue with being named in a scathing Senate report as one of the worst-performing offices in the nation in terms of the t...

Sun City Center captain had front seat for evacuation of Saigon

- Larry Chambers was captain of an aircraft carrier that was helping in the evacuation of Saigon when a South Vietnamese air force pilot in a Cessna with his wife and five children asked to land on the crowded deck.

Military conference to plan campaign against Islamic State concludes

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More than 300 military representatives from 39 nations concluded a weeklong operational planning conference at MacDill Air Force Base today, that “further developed and refined coalition plans to degrade and defea...

Anti-Hillary website in Tampa urges, ‘Send a cigar to Clinton’

- Tampa-based website sendclintoncigars.com is selling cigars, which organizers will send to Hillary Clinton’s New York campaign office as a reminder of her first stay in the White House and an effort to keep her from ...

Socom seeks vendors for ‘Iron Man’ suit at conference

- Do you have an advanced solution to help U.S. Special Operations Command develop its body armor of the future? If so, the command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, wants to hear from you.

U.S. Navy destroyer sent to monitor Iranian seizure of cargo ship

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A high-seas drama is unfolding near the Strait of Hormuz as Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps navy (IRGCN) vessels have seized a cargo ship.

House committee chair asks to double Socom budget for info campaign

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Because the Russians and jihadi groups like Islamic State have been so successful in using the internet and other means to tell their stories and deliver their messages around the world, the chairman of the House Armed S...

Conference at MacDill focuses on defeating Islamic State

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U.S. Central Command is hosting its third operational planning conference this week in the fight against the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State.

MacDill hotel construction delays could cost tax payers

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The 200,000-square-foot, five-story, 350-room hotel, with 25 distinguished visitor suites, was supposed to open up across from the Davis Conference Center on MacDill Air Force Base last month.

Petraeus gets 2 years probation for leaking military secrets

- The former CIA director and retired general will pay $100,000 in fines and receive two years probation for the misdemeanor count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, according to the U.S. Attorney&#...

Warbirds soar over Tampa, promote Sun ’n Fun, MacDill

- The flight, which passed over downtown Tampa and just over Bayshore Boulevard on the way to MacDill AFB, helped promote the Lakeland aviation event while bringing awareness to the base.

Service cuts could hamper special operations

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U.S. Special Operations Forces, spread out over more than 80 countries around the globe at any given time, are at the forefront of the Obama administration’s military strategy, including training Iraqi and Syrian ...

Socom seeks app to keep its Blackberry phones trustworthy

- The makers of BlackBerry phones have seen revenues fall off as consumers increasingly use other telephones. But there is at least one very high-profile customer right here in Tampa.

Preliminary budget allocates $100 million for MacDill construction projects

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MacDill Air Force Base will receive nearly $100 million for military construction projects and the Veterans Benefits Administration will get an additional $163 million to hire more benefits claims personnel next year in ...

Historian tracks MacDill history to its roots

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Growing up in Indiana, Denny Cole’s grandfather used to show him an album of pictures from back in the 1920s, when he was a member of the 6th Composite Group, a post-World War I military flying unit.

Pasco Army veteran tells her story in musical comedy

- Written by Laura Westley, a 1997 graduate of River Ridge High who also serves as the narrator, “War Virgin” is an absurdist look at her experience with the military, set against the backdrop of an overbearing fa...

Leaders targeting displaced KC-135s for MacDill AFB

- The Tampa base could be in the running to get KC-135s displaced by the new KC-46A Pegasus tankers at other bases, according to community leaders pushing to make that happen.

75th anniversary celebration kicks off at MacDill

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How can one military installation have two 75th anniversaries?

Plenty of reasons to care about what’s happening in Yemen

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Though the country of Yemen is a little under 8,000 miles to the east of Tampa, there are plenty of reasons for folks here to care about what’s going on over there.

Figures show scheduling improvements at local VA hospitals

- The percentage of patients waiting more than 30 days for appointments at the two Tampa-area Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals has dropped since September, according to figures compiled by the VA.

U.S. Rep. Buchanan pushes legislation for veterans ID card

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Because the Department of Veterans Affairs only issues ID cards to those who served at least 20 years or receive medical care for service-connected injuries, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-FL, has introduced legislation that...

General dissects U.S. approach to war in speech at USF

- Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who spends his days trying to figure out the future of conflict and has gained wide respect for speaking his mind, says the U.S. needs to do a better job learning lessons and adapting because of...

Army’s McMaster talks about the human domain of war at USF conference

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Assigned the task of helping the Army divine future wars and how to win them, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who sports a doctorate degree in military history, likes to quote authors and academics to explain his job.

After 62 years, Korean War veteran gets his Purple Heart

- During a 1953 battle in which 74 men were killed, Jacob Schaper unknowingly suffered a concussion from a grenade blast. Now terminally ill and living in Weekie Wachee, he has received his dying wish.

Korean military leader says thanks to U.S. Korean War veterans

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Lt. Gen. Chun In-Bum, commander of South Korea’s Special Warfare Command, has only known the prosperity his nation has enjoyed after the Korean War, which raged from 1950 to 1953 and took more than 52,000 American...

Congressional delegation reviews strategy at MacDill AFB

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Two members of the Tampa area’s congressional delegation held a “strategy session” with officials at MacDill Air Force Base today with an eye toward adding more aircraft and infrastructure.

Smuggling nuke into U.S. remains challenging — for now

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A Hezbollah operative who bribed a nuclear power plant employee in Argentina to steal plutonium conspires with a rogue Mexican cartel jefe to smuggle the materials into the U.S. to be used to blow u...

Suit filed in deaths of former military pilots

- Jedi 21 — the call sign for a Cessna 02-A Skymaster propeller plane with a crew of three — was flying over the Avon Park Air Force Range as part of a training exercise being conducted by Air Force Special Operat...

MacDill to see more activity through April 16

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MacDill Air Force Base may be busier than usual over the next few days thanks to Jaded Thunder, a U.S. Special Operations Command Joint Firepower exercise.