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Monday, Dec 22, 2014

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Task force denies reports U.S. engaged in ground combat with Islamic State

Contrary to reports coming out of Iraq, U.S. troops have not engaged in ground combat with the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, according to the task force in charge of running daily operations in the U.S. and coalition mission known as Operation...
Updated: 7 hours ago
COLUMN

How to respond to Sony hack

The tumult over a sex-filled satire full of depictions of Pyongyang orgies and the death of North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has done nothing to dispel my dire world view.
Published: 12/21/14
Those loud booms? They're from test range Whiskey 470

Those loud booms? They're from test range Whiskey 470

Few people outside of military and aviation circles have heard about Whiskey 470, a test range in the Gulf. But last week, folks as far inland as Gainesville began reporting noises likely emanating from it.
Published: 12/18/14
Updated: 12/19/14
Architect of interrogation methods seeks vindication

Architect of interrogation methods seeks vindication

James Mitchell, a Pasco resident and the man who took part in the waterboarding of the alleged 9/11 mastermind, wants the CIA to declassify a deposition in which he raised concerns about the treatment of detainees.
Published: 12/16/14
Updated: 12/17/14
No MacDill AirFest in 2015; organizers aim for 2016

No MacDill AirFest in 2015; organizers aim for 2016

The massively popular AirFest won't be back in 2015, but organizers said they hope to be able to bring it back in 2016.
Published: 12/16/14
Updated: 12/17/14

NOAA looks to build the next generation of hurricane planes

Kermit was bouncing around pretty good the last time I was on it, flying into the eye of Hurricane Irene as it was ramping up from a Cat 1 to a Cat 2.
Published: 12/14/14

Officials: Loud booms off Gulf are from military exercise

Loud, building-shaking booms heard by Tampa-area residents in recent days were from a military exercise in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said Saturday.
Published: 12/13/14
Pentagon grants ‘danger pay’ for missions over Syria

Pentagon grants ‘danger pay’ for missions over Syria

If any air crews from the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill Air Force Base flew over Syria to refuel jets, bombers and surveillance aircraft battling the Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, they will now see a little something extra in their paycheck...
Published: 12/11/14
Updated: 12/12/14
Local Iraq veteran has Christmas song recorded

Local Iraq veteran has Christmas song recorded

LITHIA — Iraq veteran Mark Goujon just released his peppy new holiday single, “Loud and Proud Christmas,” sung by country and Christian recording artist Melodie Crittenden.
Published: 12/10/14
Senate report ignites security debate

Senate report ignites security debate

The executive summary of a classified Senate investigation into CIA interrogation techniques has sparked debate in Tampa, home to U.S. Central Command, which is leading the fight against jihadis in the Middle East.
Published: 12/10/14