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Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

Marine who vanished in Iraq gets 2 years in prison

RALEIGH, N.C. – A U.S. Marine who vanished a decade ago in Iraq was sentenced Monday to two years in prison for leaving his post there and then fleeing to Lebanon after a brief return to the U.S.
Published: 02/23/15
St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

St. Pete VA office ditching ‘wanted’ poster after worker protest

The “wanted” poster graphic, complete with images of bullet holes, is going.
Published: 02/23/15

No sign of data breach after Centcom laptops stolen, U.S. Attorney says

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that there are no signs of a data breach caused by the theft of five laptop computers from U.S. Central Command sometime in April 2013.
Published: 02/23/15

Jordanian princess to speak about Special Ops in St. Pete Beach

ST. PETE BEACH — At a time when the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan is one of the strongest and most motivated partners in the fight against Sunni insurgent group Islamic State, Princess Aisha bint Al Hussein is coming to St. Pete Beach to deliver...
Published: 02/22/15

Pentagon may have reasons for tipping off the enemy

Last week’s background briefing by an unnamed U.S. Central Command source to Pentagon reporters laying out the timeframe for an attack on Islamic State forces occupying the Iraqi city of Mosul has many intoning outrage that the U.S. is tipping...
Published: 02/22/15
Suicidal airmen urged to seek help early

Suicidal airmen urged to seek help early

TAMPA — Picking up on the danger signs for someone considering suicide is very difficult, even for therapists, says Carrie Elk, a certified trauma expert specializing in military mental health.
Published: 02/22/15
Tampa reservist’s suicide brings home tragedy

Tampa reservist’s suicide brings home tragedy

Why? That’s the question the family and friends of Air Force Reserve Capt. Jamie Brunette are struggling to answer.
Published: 02/22/15
VA workers union wants St. Pete ‘whistleblower’ rehired

VA workers union wants St. Pete ‘whistleblower’ rehired

The national president of the union representing employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ St. Petersburg Regional Office wants a worker who was fired after complaining about fraud, waste and abuse and mismanagement there to get his job...
Published: 02/20/15

Centcom’s Austin at meeting of coalition leaders in Riyadh

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Gen. Lloyd Austin, head of U.S. Central Command, is attending a gathering of military leaders from the 26 nations involved in the coalition battling the Islamic State group.
Published: 02/18/15

Obama digs into Special Ops playbook for Islamic State proposal

With much sniping already from both sides of the aisle, President Barack Obama’s war powers request to deal with Islamic State, its allies and its future offshoots wherever they are may never pass through Congress.
Published: 02/15/15