Howard Altman, Military Affairs and General Assignment Reporter

Howard Altman

Military Affairs and General Assignment Reporter

I am an award-winning journalist covering national security, the military and veterans issues for the Tampa Bay Times. One of my main missions is reminding readers there are still tens of thousands of troops in harm’s way in dangerous places. And that the sacrifices made by them and their loved ones are made in your name and on your dime. I also have a passion for shining the light on issues faced by veterans, of which there are about 250,000 in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, as well as how your tax dollars are spent on defense-related issues. So if you have a story to tell or a tip to share, please reach out to me.

Two marines met in a burger joint during World War II. Their 75th wedding anniversary is Saturday

Dorothy Hill, left, and her husband Ray of Sun City Center, who are World War II Marine veterans will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on Saturday with family and friends. [OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times]
A love that began on a desert Marine base still blooms in Sun City Center

Gus Bilirakis rips MacDill’s private base housing: ‘They are not doing their jobs’

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Palm Harbor, seen here during a 2018 debate, said Thursday he was “very disappointed” after touring the private housing that military families live in on MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa. Families have been complaining about mold and other substandard conditions, and Bilirakis said the Air Force must do more to help them. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
The Congressman criticized military families’ living conditions at the Tampa base and wants Air Force investigators to determine whether the problems are the result of ‘willful...

Weak password or ‘phishing’ emails may explain takeover of Buckhorn’s tweets, experts say

The Twitter account of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn was hacked early on Feb. 21, 2019. [Times files]
Tweets posted from Buckhorn’s account include threats against Tampa International Airport and others along with racist and pornographic images.

Florida military bases could lose up to $177 million to Trumpís border wall

LUIS SANTANA   |   TimesA-10 Warthog jets from the 122nd Fighter Wing of the Indiana Air National Guard taxis out of Macdill Air Force Base in Tampa. Increased jet noise and activity surrounding the base are from several jets that are being hosted at Macdill Air Force Base on Dec. 6, 2018. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency and plans to divert $3.6 billion from military construction to the southern border for a barrier. A $3 million project at MacDill is one of many that could be cut.
The presidentís plan to divert money from military construction to the southern border could cost MacDill Air Force Base $3.5 million.

Deputies searching for suspect who shot man in a Tampa apartment parking lot

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A man was shot dead Friday night. Deputies are seeking two vehicles in connection with the killing.