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

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

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-cutting scheduled May 2.
Published: 04/19/16
Updated: 04/20/16

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

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.
Published: 04/19/16
 Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

Pentagon misled lawmakers on military sexual assault cases

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon misled Congress by using inaccurate or vague information about sexual assault cases in an effort to blunt support for a Senate bill that would make a major change in how the military handles allegations of sexual misc...
Published: 04/18/16
U.S. to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters, to Iraq

U.S. to send 200 more troops, Apache helicopters, to Iraq

BAGHDAD — The U.S. has agreed to deploy more than 200 additional troops to Iraq and to send eight Apache helicopters for the first time into the fight against the Islamic State group in Iraq, the first major increase in U.S. forces in nearly ...
Published: 04/18/16

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

Last month, I had another of my occasional opportunities to return to the world of sportswriting, popping into Port St. Lucie for a feature about a baseball player....
Published: 04/17/16
On MacDill's 75th anniversary, veterans remember base's history

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.
Updated one month ago
Army veteran paddleboarding 3,500 miles for wounded vets

Army veteran paddleboarding 3,500 miles for wounded vets

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

Will robotics become an essential part of future warfare?

Was a new era of warfare ushered in on Feb. 18?
Updated one month ago
Army chief of staff, in Tampa for college hockey’s Frozen Four, talks shop

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

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 jihadi group.
Updated one month ago
Official: Airman shot his commander at Texas military base

Official: Airman shot his commander at Texas military base

DALLAS – Military officials investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened Friday on a U.S. air base in Texas are trying to determine whether the gunman was authorized to have a weapon on the base, where the possession of firearms is h...
Updated one month ago