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Saturday, Aug 01, 2015

Howard Altman Columns

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Former MacDill instructor takes aim at Obama’s military policy

Debates about whether to cut military spending always lead me back to the Korean peninsula, and June 25, 1950, when 135,000 North Korean troops swarmed into South Korea, quickly capturing its capital before the U.S. could even respond.
Published: 07/27/15
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Judge’s ruling in Jill Kelley case is strike against First Amendment

Every day, people reach out to me with tips about things they believe to be wrong, knowing their identities will be protected at all costs.
Published: 07/19/15
Updated: 07/20/15
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Questions linger years after soldier guns down 16 in Afghanistan

The answers to what might have allowed the worst U.S. war crime of the Afghanistan War to unfold may be found in an investigation conducted by U.S. Central Command.
Updated one month ago

POW/MIA National Chair of Honor to be unveiled at Trop Saturday

While empty chairs at Tropicana Field often outnumber those that are occupied, one will remain permanently vacant f — to honor prisoners of war and troops still missing in action.
Updated one month ago

To defeat Islamic State, arm the Kurds, retired general says

America’s most competent and trustworthy indigenous ally in the fight against Islamic State is making gains in both Iraq and Syria despite a lack of arms and equipment. And it is coming at a heavy cost.
Updated one month ago

Fellowship will explore the topic of military suicides

One of the best things about being a reporter is that pretty much every day, I am paid to learn something new.
Updated one month ago
Skipper’s Smokehouse owner has storied military career

Skipper’s Smokehouse owner has storied military career

You know that Air Force veteran Tom White is one of the co-owners of Skipper’s Smokehouse, a Florida-funky boite that’s home to the blackened grouper Reuben and some of the best live music you will ever hear.
Updated one month ago

Vietnam War vet’s service significant despite medal confusion

It is just one small word, but for the family of a St. Petersburg Vietnam veteran, it’s created heartache at a difficult time.
Updated: 2 months ago

Don’t buy the conspiracies about Jade Helm 15

Years ago, the diminutive mayor of Newton, Massachusetts, taught me a few lessons that have outlived him and stayed with me since.
Updated: 2 months ago

Whistleblower exposes problems with government war contractors

A federal civil trial, opening Monday in the Western District of Virginia, offers an intimate view of the sausage making of war procurement, which over the years has resulted in billions of dollars in waste and fraud.
Updated: 2 months ago