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Howard Altman - Former senior writer covering military affairs.

Former senior writer covering military affairs.

Howard Altman covered the military and national security for the Tampa Bay Times until April 2019. He has won more than 50 journalism awards and his work has appeared in the New York Times, Daily Beast, Philadelphia magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Observer, Newsday and many other publications around the world. He is currently the managing editor of The Military Times.

  1. A unit of the 1st Battalion, 5th Regiment U.S. Marines, rests alongside a battered wall of Hue’s imperial palace after a battle for the Citadel in February 1968, during the Tet Offensive. The Marines reported heavy casualties in street fighting in the ancient capital city of Vietnam. (AP Photo)
  2. On April 27, 2011, Air Force Maj. Raymond Estelle II was one of nine killed in Kabul, Afghanistan in an insider attack. Now his wife, Air Force Lt. Col. N?Keiba Estelle, has taken command of his old unit at MacDill Air Force Base, the 6th Communications Support Squadron. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times ]
  3. A bulldozer dumps a load of trash into a burn pit just 300 yards from the runway at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in a 2012 photo. [Photo Credit: Mark Rankin]
  4. Thomas E. Penick Jr., worked to protect the area’s most vulnerable residents in his more than 25 years as a Pinellas-Pasco judge. He also was a retired Air Force general. He died last month at the age of 80.
  5. Howard Altman on assignment in Afghanistan in 2013. He will be leaving the Tampa Bay Times to join Military Times as their managing editor. [Times (2013)]
  6. Air Force Maj. Gen. James Eifert was chosen by Gov. Ron DeSantis to assume command of the 12,000-strong Florida National Guard. He is scheduled to take charge from Army Maj. Gen. Michael Calhoun in a ceremony Saturday at Camp Blanding. [Courtesy of National Guard Bureau]
  7. The new leader of U.S. Special Operations Command, Army Gen. Richard Clarke, speaks during Friday’s change of command ceremony at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. SOCom is based at MacDill Air Force Base. [LUIS SANTANA   |   Times]
  8. Units from the Florida National Guard were sent to the Florida Panhandle to help with the recovery from Hurricane Michael. A new leader of the guard is scheduled to be named just as an investigation into sexual misconduct there is underway. [Times (2018)]
  9. Marine Gen. Kenneth Mckenzie Jr. took over command of U.S. Central Command, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, in a change of command ceremony held Thursday at the Hilton Tampa Downtown hotel. [LUIS SANTANA   |    Times]
  10. Army Gen. Joseph Votel, center, speaks to sailors and Marines aboard the USS New Orleans, an amphibious transport dock ship, in this 2016 photo. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Times]
  11. MacDill Air Force base will need a new office and administration center to accommodate the personnel that come with additional KC-135 Stratotanker refueling jets assigned to the base. [Times (2017)]
  12. Traci Lenz said this is what her kitchen vent looked like even after mold remediation at her MacDill Air Force Base home.
  13. An aerial view of Offutt Air Force Base and surrounding areas near Omaha, Neb., shows the affect of flood waters from rising rivers. [U.S. Air Force/TSgt. Rachelle Blake]
  14. The SS American Victory docked at the Port of Tampa behind the Florida Aquarium [Luis Santana | Times (2010)]
  15. Air Force Maj. Andreas “Andy” O’Keeffe, 37, was one of seven airmen killed last March in the crash of an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter in Iraq. [Courtesy of Shan O’Keeffe]
  16. People walk past a Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office cruiser before Friday’s midday Jummah prayer at the Islamic Society of Tampa Bay in Tampa. The Sheriff’s Office stepped up patrols and sent extra deputies following the terrorist attacks against two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
  17. Robert O’Malley, left, and James Bradley McCloughan each earned the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War. They were guests of honor on Thursday night at the opening of the Irish Veterans Congressional Medal of Honor exhibit at the Tampa History Center. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Times]
  18. Mar. 14, 2019• Military
    Army Staff Sgt. Lauren Montoya, center, participates in a wheelchair basketball game during the Department of Defense Warrior Games preview Thursday at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa. Wheelchair basketball is one of a number of competitive sports in the Department of Defense Warrior Games Tampa Bay event scheduled for June.[OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times ]
  19. Army Pvt. Peter Sebastian Cimino, 19, of Tampa, was found dead March 3 on a military  base in Italy. He was remembered as a young man who loved fishing, God, pasta and cheese, and serving his country. [Blount and Curry Funeral Home, MacDill Chapter]
  20. Amie Norquist says her family has suffered health problems from mold in their MacDill base housing. They had to get rid of mold-contaminated furniture, too, in an expensive move to a new home in Riverview. [Times]
  21. Pierce Middle School sixth grader Anthony Kinloch, 11, gets help from the Air Force’s Porter Thorton as he tries on a protective suit used by the 6th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight Unit. Anthony joined some 2,300 students for a STEAM Day event at the base. [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  22. Bill Daily, Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and Hayden Rorke star in ‘I Dream of Jeannie.’ Photo from Sony Pictures.
  23. After touring MacDill Air Force Base’s privately-run housing units on recently, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson spoke to the members of military families about their complaints of mold, rodent infestation, poor construction and the poor response from housing operators. [Courtesy of Traci Lenz]