Thursday, April 26, 2018

Military News

$50 million center under construction at MacDill to house Army Black Hawk copters

$50 million center under construction at MacDill to house Army Black Hawk copters

TAMPA — MacDill Air Force Base is one step closer to hosting 23 Army helicopters and more than 300 additional personnel.A ground-breaking ceremony was held Monday to mark the start of construction on a $50 million, 92,000-square-foot Aviation Support...
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Howard Altman: Would a ‘war council’ of veterans groups help fill gaps?

Howard Altman: Would a ‘war council’ of veterans groups help fill gaps?

Every day, I get phone calls, emails and social media messages from mostly good-hearted people with worthy, military-themed causes.There are house give-aways and car give-aways. Equine and canine therapy programs. Lots of charities helping those with...
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Students flock to MacDill to see innovation in action

Students flock to MacDill to see innovation in action

TAMPA — Inside the cavernous hangar of an Air Force base famous for ancient aircraft, Lennard High School junior Antonia Reyes-Garzon scooted across the concrete floor on a homemade hovercraft."This is very cool," Reyes-Garzon, 17, said Wednesday ove...
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Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

Pentagon: No survivors in American helicopter crash in Iraq

BAGHDAD — All seven service members aboard a U.S. helicopter that crashed in Iraq were killed, the Pentagon said Friday in a written statement.The aircraft crashed in western Iraq a day earlier, U.S. officials said.The officials said seven service me...
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Navy jet crashes off Key West, killing 2 crew members

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon acknowledged Thursday that budget shortfalls have eroded military capabilities, including training and flight hours, but stopped short of blaming those cutbacks for the crash of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that killed both crew ...
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Two aviators dead after Navy jet crashes in water near Key West

Two aviators dead after Navy jet crashes in water near Key West

Two aviators died Wednesday after a U.S. Naval Air Forces jet crashed in waters near Key West, Florida.The aviators were on a training flight in the dual-seated F/A-18 Super Hornet and making their final approach toward the Naval Air Station Key West...
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Base officials: New Air Force media rules won’t affect MacDill transparency

Base officials: New Air Force media rules won’t affect MacDill transparency

TAMPA — New restrictions on media engagement shouldn’t impact the flow of public information from MacDill Air Force Base, officials say."We don’t anticipate any change in transparency," said Air Force Capt. Jessica Brown, chief spokeswoman for the 6t...
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AP Investigation: U.S. military overlooks sex abuse among kids

AP Investigation: U.S. military overlooks sex abuse among kids

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. — A decade after the Pentagon began confronting rape in the ranks, the U.S. military frequently fails to protect or provide justice to the children of service members when they are sexually assaulted by other children on base, an A...
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Vet in California attack had trouble after return from war

Vet in California attack had trouble after return from war

YOUNTVILLE, Calif. — The man who killed three women after a daylong siege at a Northern California veterans home had trouble adjusting to regular life after he returned from the Afghanistan war and had been kicked out of the treatment program designe...
Updated: 2 months ago
Kim Jong-Un unlikely to give up nukes, may be stalling, former Air Force leader says

Kim Jong-Un unlikely to give up nukes, may be stalling, former Air Force leader says

TAMPA — Hours before news broke that President Donald Trump will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Merrill McPeak sat in the restaurant of a Tampa hotel and offered a dire warning.Any overtures by Kim, McPeak said, may amount to a delaying t...
Updated: 2 months ago