Sunday, February 18, 2018
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Army Aviation unit deployed to Kosovo says goodbye in Hernando

Before standing in formation for his deployment ceremony held at the Army Aviation Support Facility No. 2, south of Brooksville, Army Spc. Kenny Germer of Spring Hill gives his 2-year-old daughter, Bree Germer, a kiss Sunday while his mother Tammy Vandergrift, center, and his aunt Stacie Vandergrift, left, look on. "Going to miss him very much, especially he will miss time with his daughter," said his mother. "Deployments are always hard." The 1st Battalion 244th Aviation Regiment Company C and Detachment 1, Company D, are deploying for a nine-month peacekeeping mission to Kosovo. Friends and family gathered in the Black Hawk helicopter hangar to attend the deployment ceremony for the more than 50 soldiers who will operate and maintain the helicopters.

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Howard Altman: Later AirFest good for fundraising

Howard Altman: Later AirFest good for fundraising

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Trump seeks 11 percent SOCom budget increase

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Published: 02/12/18
Everyone loves a parade? Veterans say the troops don’t.

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Updated: 02/08/18
Game show app to feature Super Bowl message that NFL rejected

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Updated one month ago
Howard Altman: MacDill is classroom as Niagara Falls unit learns in-flight refueling

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Updated one month ago
Plans for $148 million housing tower finally approved for Haley VA hospital

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Russian fighter plane buzzes U.S. Navy jet as fears over midair collisions mount

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