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Gen. Votel takes over Socom command

As the 10th commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, a job title that became official this afternoon in a ceremony at the Tampa Convention Center, Army Gen. Joe Votel assumes leadership in a new era for the world of commandos.
Updated: 24 mins ago
McRaven legacy: More globally agile command, better care for troops

McRaven legacy: More globally agile command, better care for troops

Three years ago, Adm. William McRaven, the new commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, stood in a hangar at MacDill Air Force Base and delivered his vision for the future to 3,000 workers at the commando headquarters.
Updated: 5 hours ago
Family remembers soldier killed in Afghanistan

Family remembers soldier killed in Afghanistan

Army Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett " was always joking about something and making weird faces, but he always made people smile," his family said.
Updated: 17 hours ago
VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

VA training guide likens veterans to Oscar the Grouch

PHILADELPHIA – An internal training guide used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs compared veterans unhappy about their care to Oscar the Grouch, a newspaper reported.
Updated: 22 hours ago

Military involvement called into question in court case

The 35-year-old man from Miami headed to Clearwater in January, according to court documents, thinking he was going to meet up with Emily Millerson, who placed a personal ad on Craigslist soliciting opinions on which branch of the military to join.
Published: 08/26/14
Hostage rescues fraught with danger, ex-commandos say

Hostage rescues fraught with danger, ex-commandos say

Only one of more than 40 Americans taken hostage in Iraq between 2004 and 2006 was rescued, despite the presence of more than 120,000 U.S. troops, a robust intelligence network, ownership of the skies and relatively friendly relations with the host n...
Published: 08/25/14
Tampa woman to be honored at White House ceremony

Tampa woman to be honored at White House ceremony

A Tampa woman, whose husband serves at MacDill Air Force Base, is one of 11 people who will be honored by the White House for “doing extraordinary work across the country as leaders in entrepreneurship,” according to a White House media...
Published: 08/25/14
Army: Fort Lee shooter injured self, no others

Army: Fort Lee shooter injured self, no others

FORT LEE, Va. – A soldier with a gun inside a major command’s headquarters turned the weapon on herself, causing an injury, but didn’t wound any others as a heavily trafficked Army base temporarily went on lockdown Monday mornin...
Published: 08/25/14
Procession, funeral in St. Pete for controversial Marine

Procession, funeral in St. Pete for controversial Marine

BAY PINES — Dozens of relatives and friends of St. Petersburg native and controversial Marine Cpl. Rob Richards gathered at Bay Pines National Cemetery Friday to mourn his passing....
Published: 08/22/14
Army paratrooper from Ruskin killed in Afghanistan

Army paratrooper from Ruskin killed in Afghanistan

An Army paratrooper from Ruskin has been killed in action in Afghanistan.
Published: 08/22/14