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Preliminary budget allocates $100 million for MacDill construction projects

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 the latest budget package appr...
Published: 04/20/15

Historian tracks MacDill history to its roots

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.
Published: 04/19/15
Pasco Army veteran tells her story in musical comedy

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 father who insisted she abstain from sex.
Published: 04/17/15
Updated: 04/18/15
Leaders working to bring displaced KC-135s to MacDill AFB

Leaders working to bring displaced KC-135s to MacDill AFB

Though Tampa’s MacDill Air Force Base isn’t on the latest short list of installations that could receive the new KC-46A Pegasus aerial refueling tankers, the announcement Tuesday by the Air Force Reserve may ultimately prove to be a boo...
Published: 04/15/15
75th anniversary celebration kicks off at MacDill

75th anniversary celebration kicks off at MacDill

How can one military installation have two 75th anniversaries?
Published: 04/14/15

Ex-Blackwater guards get lengthy prison sentences for Iraq shootings

WASHINGTON — A federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison and three others to 30-year terms for their roles in a 2007 shooting that killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others.
Published: 04/13/15

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

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.
Published: 04/12/15
Tampa-area VA hospitals reduce waits for appointments

Tampa-area VA hospitals reduce waits for appointments

After a scandal last year that saw patient deaths at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals around the country, two local VA hospitals have shown improvement in appointment waiting times, according to the VA’s latest figures.
Published: 04/09/15
Updated: 04/10/15
Altman podcast: Smuggling nuke into U.S. remains challenging — for now

Altman podcast: Smuggling nuke into U.S. remains challenging — for now

There are so many roadblocks on the path to setting off even a dirty bomb in the U.S., let alone a nuclear device, that the concept remains, for now, in the realm of spy thrillers. But as Howard Altman explains to WFLA 970’s AM Tampa Bay, it w...
Published: 04/09/15
General dissects U.S. approach to war in speech at USF

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 its “narcissistic approach to war.”
Published: 04/08/15
Updated: 04/09/15