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Sunday, Sep 14, 2014

Howard Altman Columns

COLUMN

Visit of federal labor agency to St. Pete VA office reminder of war’s lasting effects

It’s not like the folks at Centcom were only focused on Afghanistan. Not with 19 other nations to think about, a gnarly nest of dysfunction and despotism, sectarian violence and never-ending bloodshed from Pakistan to Yemen to Egypt that inclu...
Updated: 60 mins ago

So far, nearly 1,000 aerial refueling flights in mission over Iraq

Yesterday, two crews from the 91st Air Refueling Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base returned from somewhere in the Middle East after a tour refueling aircraft that were dropping bombs and humanitarian aid in Iraq in the fight against the Sunni insurg...
Published: 09/10/14
COLUMN

Personal loss won’t stop philanthropist’s 9/11 fundraiser

For those who were alive and cognizant on that day, Sept. 11, 2001 will always evoke memories and emotion.
Published: 09/08/14
COLUMN

Sharing intel can backfire for U.S.

One of the biggest security challenges the U.S. faces is how to share intelligence in a world where it’s been at war at one point with some of its closest friends, you never know who tomorrow’s enemy will be and espionage, even among al...
Published: 08/31/14
Tactics against journalists in Ferguson threaten rights of all

Tactics against journalists in Ferguson threaten rights of all

In Ferguson, Missouri, heavily armed police in heavily armored vehicles were responding to protests over the police shooting of an unarmed black teen by firing off tear gas and dragging reporters out of McDonald’s. Meanwhile, on Mount Sinjar n...
Published: 08/18/14

Helping those in need is vital part of military DNA

If it weren’t for Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lewis Collins, Walter Padron might not have been able to go on a family cruise to the Caribbean for his granddaughter’s 15th birthday.
Updated: 1 months ago
POW recalls time in Stalag 7a and his run to freedom

POW recalls time in Stalag 7a and his run to freedom

On Nov. 16, 1944, Albert Torchia, an Army private from Verona, Pennsylvania, was holed up with his squad from the 104th Division in a house in the German town of Stolberg.
Updated: 1 months ago

French continue appreciation of WWII vets

By HOWARD ALTMAN
Updated: 1 months ago

Lawyers needed to help veterans cut red tape

St. Petersburg-based lawyer Matt Weidner devotes a good deal of time helping veterans navigate the legal system.
Updated: 2 months ago

Funding has major impact at MacDill

As always when something emanates out of the nation’s capital relating to defense or intelligence, I parse it for the effect on Tampa. With two military commands headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base that oversee operations in one of the wor...
Updated: 2 months ago