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Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Command Post

A military blog by Howard Altman

From Afghanistan to the Alafia, Command Post Tampa is your local military news source.

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.

Around 4 p.m. July 10, Collins, the working-dog kennel master with the 6th Security Forces Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base, was returning from a doctor’s appointment when he saw a man on a bicycle hit by a 1995 green Toyota sedan at Spruce Street and MacDill Avenue.

Collins stopped his car and jumped out. Trained in first aid, he was prepared to help.

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Lawyers needed to help veterans cut red tape

Published:   |   Updated: July 7, 2014 at 05:27 AM
By Howard Altman

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

He says his motivation is simple.

“I feel guilty about not being a veteran,” Weidner says. “I was not man enough to serve, and so while I have regrets, I realize I have other skills. I just started trying to find other ways to help.”

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Funding has major impact at MacDill

By Howard Altman

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 world’s most dangerous regions and one that sets the tone for commando activities worldwide, that’s not really a stretch.

Which brings me to President Barack Obama’s unveiling last week of details of his war funding and Counterterror Partnership Fund plans.

On Thursday, Obama announced that he was calling for $58.6 billion for what the Pentagon calls Overseas Contingency Operations funds or, in English, war funding. He also spelled out in more detail what he envisions for the $5 billion Counterterrorism Partnership Fund.

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