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Effort to trim four-star commanders to have no impact at MacDill AFB

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To improve military efficiency in the face of budget cuts and nimble adversaries, a congressional committee is taking aim at the number of generals and admirals.

U.S. team practices at MacDill for paralympic-style ‘Invictus’ games

- More than 100 U.S. service members and veterans, across all branches and U.S. Special Operations Command, will compete for Team U.S., the American military’s entry into next week’s Invictus Games.

James Gleason of Tampa, an original Marine Raider, dead at 90

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TAMPA — In the summer of 1925, a woman put her 2-week old son in a shoebox and dropped him off with a neighbor because she couldn’t take care of him.

When military makes mistakes, lessons need to be learned

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When Clinton Romesha was a boy, his father taught him life lessons.

Homeless vet, student booted from PHSC campus files grievance

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Officials at Pasco-Hernando State College in New Port Richey are investigating allegations that a student who is a homeless Army veteran was kicked off campus by security officers because of his appearance.

Deputies ID boater who drowned in Tampa Bay as Navy serviceman

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TAMPA — Hillsborough County deputies have identified a man who drowned Tuesday after trying to free an anchor underwater as a Navy chief petty officer serving with U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Fo...

Search resumes for service member missing in bay near Ruskin

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TAMPA — The Coast Guard Cutter Tarpon, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crews from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are searching ...

MacDill AFB shakes off construction issues, opens 350-room hotel

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After more than a year of delays and millions of dollars in cost overruns, the MacDill Inn, a new 175,000-square-foot, five-story, 350-room hotel at MacDill Air Force Base opened last week in advance of a formal ribbon...

Water leak forces VA patients to relocate for second time this month

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TAMPA — A water line leak at the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital on Thursday forced the staff to move nearly two dozen patients to new rooms and will require a six-week cleanup.

The military battlefield, not the ballfield, is life and death

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Last month, I had another of my occasional opportunities to return to the world of sportswriting, popping into Port St. Lucie for

On MacDill's 75th anniversary, veterans remember base's history

- The base has played a key role in U.S. military actions since World War II and pumps about $14 billion into the regional economy.

Army veteran paddleboarding 3,500 miles for wounded vets

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“It’s beautiful out here,” said Josh Collins, standing on a paddleboard in the Gulf of Mexico about a mile off the coast.

Will robotics become an essential part of future warfare?

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Was a new era of warfare ushered in on Feb. 18?

Army chief of staff, in Tampa for college hockey’s Frozen Four, talks shop

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TAMPA — The chief of staff of the Army was here to accept an award at the NCAA Frozen Four hockey tournament, but he used a football metaphor to describe the status of the fight against the so-called Islamic State...

Time crunch forces NOAA hurricane center to leave MacDill AFB

- NOAA is running out of time as MacDill makes new plans for Hangar 5 and is seeking a short-term, 10-year lease on a new home at area airports for its hurricane tracking Aircraft Operations Center.

Medal of Honor recipient urges St. Pete crowd to help veterans

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On Oct. 15, 1973, three men stood in the White House before President Richard Nixon as he bestowed upon them the Medal of Honor for valor and heroics in the Vietnam W...

Haley VA center moving patients for pest control work

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TAMPA — Patients and staff at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center are being temporarily moved this week and next as the hospital undergoes preventive pest control.

Crash report stirs debate over safety at Davis Islands airport

- Some area residents expressed concern over the lack of a centralized air traffic control system at the small airport, which sees about 60,000 takeoffs and landings a year.

Even secure military locations can be dangerous

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On March 19, Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, 27, became the first Marine to die in combat during the ongoing battle against the so-called Islamic State jihadi group when a rocket barrage hit his fire base in northern Iraq.