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Local vets debate need for ground troops against Islamic State

Local vets debate need for ground troops against Islamic State

The Pentagon says airstrikes against the militants in Iraq and Syria are achieving their modest goals. But the Islamic State's continued advance highlights a long-standing concern that the lack of critical communications with ground forces is hindering the campaign's success.
Published: 10/09/14
Updated: 10/10/14
Haley director headed for stint in VA’s southwest system

Haley director headed for stint in VA’s southwest system

TAMPA — Kathleen Fogarty, director of the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, has been named to temporarily take over the Veteran Administration’s Southwest Healthcare System, including the troubled Phoenix VA hospital that has be...
Published: 10/09/14

MacDill communications unit ships out to Africa on Ebola mission

When the U.S. military deploys forces to far away places, members of the Joint Communications Support Element, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, are among the first to ship out.
Published: 10/08/14
Socom, Polk County Sheriff’s Office among those with drone permits

Socom, Polk County Sheriff’s Office among those with drone permits

A Davenport man had barricaded himself in his house early last year and set it on fire.
Published: 10/07/14
Tampa VA hospital boss to employees: Answer the phones

Tampa VA hospital boss to employees: Answer the phones

Many veterans have complained that calls to the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital went unanswered. Hospital director Kathleen Fogarty sends workers an email blast reminding them it's everybody's job to do so.
Published: 10/06/14
Updated: 10/07/14

Tampa nonprofit awarded $3 million grant for homeless veterans

TAMPA — Tampa Crossroads, a nonprofit organization helping the homeless in Hillsborough County, has received a three-year, $3 million grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless veterans in the county.
Published: 10/06/14
Operation unnamed, but threats real
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Operation unnamed, but threats real

On Aug. 8, U.S. aircraft began attacking Islamic State positions in Iraq. On Sept. 23, U.S. and coalition aircraft began attacking the jihadi group in Syria.
Published: 10/05/14
Updated: 10/06/14
Expansion at MacDill’s Tinker Elementary gives students a place to stay

Expansion at MacDill’s Tinker Elementary gives students a place to stay

TAMPA — Hayleigh Humphrey is only 10 but she has already attended six schools in four states.
Published: 10/05/14
Updated: 10/06/14
Navy: Self-guided unmanned patrol boats make debut

Navy: Self-guided unmanned patrol boats make debut

NORFOLK, Va. – Self-guided unmanned patrol boats that can leave warships they’re protecting and swarm and attack potential threats on the water could join the Navy’s fleet within a year, defense officials say, adding the new tech...
Published: 10/06/14

Shift in war footing affects Tampa area defense industry

It’s been a tough few years for Tampa’s defense industry.
Published: 10/05/14