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Afghanistan veterans see reason for hope as operation ends

Afghanistan veterans see reason for hope as operation ends

TAMPA — It was late October, about six weeks after the devastation of 9/11 and Gary Berntsen was in a Chinook helicopter, flying from Tajikistan toward the Panjshir Valley in northeast Afghanistan.
Published: 12/08/14
U.S., NATO end Afghanistan combat command after 13 years

U.S., NATO end Afghanistan combat command after 13 years

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. and NATO closed their combat command in Afghanistan on Monday, more than 13 years after invading the country in the wake of the Sept. 11 terror attacks to target al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.
Published: 12/08/14

Hostage rescue requires perfection, commandos say

Rescuing hostages is the most difficult of all special operations. It requires relative superiority to be almost simultaneous with mission completion — for any delay between relative superiority and mission completion provides the enemy an oppo...
Published: 12/07/14
Pearl Harbor survivor dreads today’s anniversary

Pearl Harbor survivor dreads today’s anniversary

Cecil Wigmore grew up in an orphanage near Muncie, Indiana, dreaming of tropical Hawaii and girls on the beach. And for a poor 19-year-old whose father had died and whose mother couldn’t afford to raise him, the fastest way to paradise was thr...
Published: 12/07/14
Wounded veterans set sail in weekend race

Wounded veterans set sail in weekend race

After regaling the gathering of combat wounded with his stories of helping hunt down drug lord Pablo Escobar then taking part in the invasion of Panama, Nelson Corbin gets serious.
Published: 12/05/14
Updated: 12/06/14

Defense bill impacts MacDill

The defense spending bill passed by the House of Representatives today authorizes a 10 percent budget increase for U.S. Special Operations Command, extended authority for it to carry out its missions and more money to keep its troops healthy. But it ...
Published: 12/04/14
FBI continues to investigate Petraeus

FBI continues to investigate Petraeus

It’s been more than two years since he resigned his position as director of the Central Intelligence Agency over an affair, but David Petraeus is still being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the nation’s top law ...
Published: 12/02/14
Updated: 12/03/14
GOP senator: Obama picks Carter for defense secretary

GOP senator: Obama picks Carter for defense secretary

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has tapped former Pentagon No. 2 Ashton Carter to be his next defense secretary and carry out the U.S. military effort against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a senior Republican senator said Tuesday. W...
Published: 12/02/14
COLUMN

Hybrid warfare used by Islamic State fighters is nothing new

The hybrid force of bandits, regular soldiers, and unregulated fighters used tactics ranging from fixed battle, roadside ambush and stolen military equipment to wreak havoc on the government’s army.
Published: 11/30/14
Centcom helps fortify Iraqi forces against Islamic State

Centcom helps fortify Iraqi forces against Islamic State

TAMPA — Sometime in January, if all goes according to plan, forces with the terrorist Islamic State holed up since June in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul will be hit with a double whammy — Kurdish Peshmerga forces attacking from the w...
Published: 11/27/14
Updated: 11/28/14