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Advice from local vets: Don’t just check ‘veterans’ box in finding another VA nominee

Advice from local vets: Don’t just check ‘veterans’ box in finding another VA nominee

TAMPA — David Shulkin doesn’t have it, and nor, it appears, does Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson — what it takes to succeed as secretary of the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs.Shulkin fell afoul of President Donald Trump over spending on ...
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Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5

Military cargo plane crashes in Georgia, killing 5

SAVANNAH — An Air National Guard C-130 cargo plane on a training mission crashed Wednesday onto a busy highway near a Georgia airport, killing at least five National Guard members from Puerto Rico, authorities said.Black smoke rose into the sky from ...
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Tampa training consultant wins biggest-ever SOCom contract to woman-owned business

Tampa training consultant wins biggest-ever SOCom contract to woman-owned business

TAMPA — A local consulting firm has been awarded the largest contract U.S. Special Operations Command has granted to a woman-owned business.The company, Wittenberg Weiner Consulting LLC, received a five-year, $200 million contract to provide manageme...
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SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

TAMPA — Standing in front of an audience of several thousand scientists, data wonks, geospatial intelligence analysts and other big thinkers, Army Gen. Tony Thomas drew some laughs when he talked about the time he felt the urge to toss Google CEO Eri...
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Rescuing the rescuers from the trauma of seeing buddies crash to their deaths

Rescuing the rescuers from the trauma of seeing buddies crash to their deaths

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE — In his mind, Lee Von Hack-Prestinary kept circling the crash site. His friends were in the wreckage below, and he couldn’t help. The memory brought him to tears. Seated across from him, at Patrick Air Force Bas...
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Howard Altman: Why we’re so sure Assad is to blame for chemical attacks

Howard Altman: Why we’re so sure Assad is to blame for chemical attacks

Russia and Syria dismiss as a hoax the claims that the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in the rebel-held enclave of Douma on April 7.So just how did the U.S. conclude Assad was to blame?It was largely Assad’s intent a...
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US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

WASHINGTON — A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. They say the patient h...
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Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

After President Donald Trump announced the U.S., France and England had carried out attacks on three Syrian chemical weapons centers, a Tampa company began its own analysis of the bomb damage.The analysis, by geospatial intelligence firm Radiant Solu...
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Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Air Mobility Command, the Air Force headquarters overseeing MacDill Air Force Base, wants to develop its own mascot to help interest children in a career with the flying branch. And they are turning to the original Phillie Phanatic, David Raymond, fo...
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Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Washington PostWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration would be making "major decisions" about its response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria within the next 24 to 48 hours, decrying the action as "atrocious" and...
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