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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]