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Thursday, Aug 25, 2016

Howard Altman

Times Staff Writer
Altman, Howard

Altman: Silah, retired Navy captain and champion for wounded, dies at 80

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Short and crusty, retired Navy Capt. Bob Silah was like a boiled lobster — hard shell on the outside, sweetness inside.

New Cuba talks may speed work of Tampa-based storm trackers

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TAMPA — Storm trackers dash by plane from Tampa to measure the track and intensity of tropical activity, but their work often is slowed by the red tape required to fly over Cuba.

Summit consensus: Saving MacDill means chasing other states’ bases

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ST. PETERSBURG — In Florida, which has 20 military bases, the defense industry accounts for about 10 percent of the economy and brings in about $80 billion a year.

Aerial tankers headed to Tampa airport during MacDill repaving

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When we first reported the pending closure of the 11,421-foot runway at MacDill Air Force Base for two months to allow much-needed resurfacing, it was unclear just where the aircraft stationed there would go.

House panel slams Central Command for painting 'rosy' picture of ISIS threat

- Intelligence assessments approved by senior leaders at CentCom exaggerated the progress of anti-terrorism efforts against ISIS, a House task force said. An initial report detailed what was described as "persistent problems"...

Gold Star families drawn reluctantly into presidential debate

- Only a small fraction of American families have suffered the loss of a loved one to military service since the terrorist attacks of 2001. But all of them have been drawn into a bitterly partisan political debate.

Mideast tour showcases challenges facing CentCom leader Gen. Votel

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BAGHDAD — On a scorching July morning, Joe Votel arrives in the Middle East on a much different mission than those that brought him here the first few times.

Don’t read much into military service of police shooters, those who work with veterans say

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Local experts who deal with troubled veterans caution against drawing conclusions from the military service of the men who carried out the deadly ambushes of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge.

CentCom commander’s videoconference reveals how new drones help turn tide in Afghanistan

- News last week that the United States will keep more troops in Afghanistan longer than planned reiterates the challenge of stabilizing the war-torn country 15 years after America’s first involvement here.

MacDill defenders hit the road to tout gains in education, traffic

- Knowing the Pentagon aims to consolidate bases some day, local leaders are touting gains from their partnerships with MacDill Air Force Base in two diverse areas — educating children in military families and easing g...