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Aerial tankers headed to Tampa airport during MacDill repaving

Aerial tankers headed to Tampa airport during MacDill repaving

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.
Updated one month ago
House panel slams Central Command for painting 'rosy' picture of ISIS threat

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" with the command's analysis of U.S. efforts to train Iraqi forces and combat the extremist group.
Updated one month ago
Gold Star families drawn reluctantly into presidential debate

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.
Updated: 2 months ago
Mideast tour showcases challenges facing CentCom leader Gen. Votel

Mideast tour showcases challenges facing CentCom leader Gen. Votel

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.
Updated: 2 months ago
Don’t read much into military service of police shooters, those who work with veterans say

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

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.
Updated: 2 months ago
CentCom commander’s videoconference reveals how new drones help turn tide in Afghanistan

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

KABUL, 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.
Updated: 3 months ago
Air guard Col. April Vogel makes history by taking MacDill command

Air guard Col. April Vogel makes history by taking MacDill command

TAMPA — Under the soaring arched ceiling of Hangar 3, a KC-135 tanker plane looming behind her, Col. April D. Vogel took hold of the blue and gold-starred pennant and smiled.
Updated: 3 months ago
Derek Jeter just one of hundreds cited in MacDill waters

Derek Jeter just one of hundreds cited in MacDill waters

TAMPA — When boater and former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter drifted too close to MacDill Air Force Base this week, security forces there gave him the usual: a $250 fine.
Updated: 3 months ago
Derek Jeter draws Air Force apology after news of boating citation near MacDill surfaces

Derek Jeter draws Air Force apology after news of boating citation near MacDill surfaces

TAMPA — Derek Jeter, Davis Islands resident and retired All-Star baseball player for the New York Yankees, was issued a citation Monday by the U.S. Air Force for boating into a restricted area near MacDill Air Force Base.
Updated: 3 months ago
Tampa’s HERO program enlists wounded veterans in fight against child porn

Tampa’s HERO program enlists wounded veterans in fight against child porn

TAMPA — An unopened packet of Skittles sits on the desk where Breanna Hicks works.
Updated: 3 months ago