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Agencies are told to step up use of special powers to hire military spouses

Agencies are told to step up use of special powers to hire military spouses

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump has issued an order aimed at boosting hiring by federal agencies of spouses of military personnel, who often face career difficulties as a result of being relocated frequently.Military service "often impairs the sp...
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WWII planes, their wings overlapping, take to the air at MacDill festival this weekend

WWII planes, their wings overlapping, take to the air at MacDill festival this weekend

TAMPA — As a formation of World War II trainers cruised 1,000 feet over Tampa Bay, a 60-year-pilot flew one of the single-engine propeller planes so close to another that their wings overlapped by three feet.The tight maneuver is old hat to Steve Sal...
Updated one month ago
Military investigation of Niger disaster finds numerous failures in planning

Military investigation of Niger disaster finds numerous failures in planning

WASHINGTON — A months-long investigation into a disastrous U.S. Special Operations mission in Niger found that "individual, organizational and institutional failures and deficiencies" contributed to an operation that spiraled out of control and led t...
Updated one month ago
Watch: Times photographer takes a wild ride in MacDill Airfest plane

Watch: Times photographer takes a wild ride in MacDill Airfest plane

RIVERVIEW — Tampa Bay Times photographer Luis Santana helped take the controls of an Extra 300L aircraft that will be part of thie weekend’s Tampa Bay AirFest 2018 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tamap.With Santana on board, pilot John Klatt performed a...
Updated one month ago
Air Force orders flying stopped for a day at MacDill, all other bases, after spate of fatal crashes

Air Force orders flying stopped for a day at MacDill, all other bases, after spate of fatal crashes

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base and Air Force installations around the world will have to take a one-day flying time-out in the wake of a spate of fatal air crashes.The move will not affect this weekend’s Tampa Bay AirFest 18, said Air Force 2nd Lt. A...
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Navy Week hits Tampa with education, entertainment and memories for those who served

Navy Week hits Tampa with education, entertainment and memories for those who served

TAMPA — A Navy band played. A rear admiral and local politicians spoke.But nobody had a bigger smile during the kickoff event for Tampa’s Navy Week aboard the SS American Victory than Robert Taylor."It’s a real honor to come onto the ship today," sai...
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Howard Altman: How Alex Jones helped pave the way for the Russian attack on election 2016

Howard Altman: How Alex Jones helped pave the way for the Russian attack on election 2016

It was interesting to read the other day that Michael Hayden, the retired Air Force four-star general who went on to run the CIA, NSA and serve as principle deputy director of the Department of National Intelligence, believes the controversy over a 2...
Updated one month ago
Howard Altman: Headed to AirFest at MacDill? Here’s what you’ll need to know

Howard Altman: Headed to AirFest at MacDill? Here’s what you’ll need to know

The Tampa Bay AirFest at MacDill Air Force Base, coming up May 12 and 13, should be a lot of fun for those who enjoy seeing F-18s, F-22s and A-10s, and a host of private aerobatic acts buzzing overhead.But it’s going to be a long, hot couple of days ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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 ...
Updated: 2 months ago
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 ...
Updated: 2 months ago