Friday, November 24, 2017

Military News

Target of racist graffiti wrote it, Air Force Academy says

The discovery of racist graffiti galvanized the Air Force Academy in September, and the superintendent of the Colorado campus turned that into a teaching moment with a speech about diversity and tolerance that found more than a million viewers on the...
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Online expansion opens military exchange to another 240,000 shoppers in Tampa Bay area

Online expansion opens military exchange to another 240,000 shoppers in Tampa Bay area

TAMPA — Military exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base have long offered big savings to active-duty troops, military retirees and their families.Starting Saturday, Veterans Day, deals like 25 percent off on watches, 30 percent off smokers ...
Published: 11/06/17
Updated: 11/10/17
Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

Bowe Bergdahl, the former hostage who pleaded guilty to desertion, avoids prison

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Bowe Bergdahl, the Army sergeant who walked off his post in Afghanistan and triggered a search that wounded some of his comrades, will serve no prison time, a military judge ruled Friday at the end of the politically divisive case...
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Howard Altman: Coast Guard to get special Veterans Day recognition

Howard Altman: Coast Guard to get special Veterans Day recognition

On an average day, the U.S. Coast Guard conducts 45 search and rescue missions, saving 10 lives and more than $1.2 million in property.The agency also seizes 874 pounds of cocaine and 214 pounds of marijuana, interdicts 17 illegal migrants and conduc...
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‘Multiple failures’ by sailors standing watch contributed to deadly Navy collisions, investigation finds

‘Multiple failures’ by sailors standing watch contributed to deadly Navy collisions, investigation finds

The Navy has found that two ship collisions that combined to kill 17 sailors at sea were preventable and caused in part by "multiple failures" by service members who were standing watch the nights of the incidents, the service said Wednesday.The USS ...
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Drone developers show off latest technology for SOCom at Ybor City ‘rodeo’

Drone developers show off latest technology for SOCom at Ybor City ‘rodeo’

TAMPA — With a hum like a thousand bees, the small Hive Mind Nova quadcopter lifted off for a mision seen as one of the most dangerous combat troops and law enforcement officers can undertake.Entering and clearing a building.A team of humans can spen...
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U.S. court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

U.S. court bars Trump from reversing transgender troops policy

Associated PressWASHINGTON — A federal judge on Monday barred President Donald Trump’s administration from proceeding with plans to exclude transgender people from military service.U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ruled that the transgender...
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Hail Caesar: Special ops legend Caesar Civitella of St. Petersburg dies at 94

Hail Caesar: Special ops legend Caesar Civitella of St. Petersburg dies at 94

ST. PETERSBURG — Goia Palmerio, a devout Catholic, remembers her father chiding her piety."How can you believe in God?" Palmerio recalls Caesar Civitella asking in his gruff, gravelly voice. "If you saw a quarter of the stuff I have seen in my life, ...
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Howard Altman: Drone rodeo showcases latest technology for SOCom

Howard Altman: Drone rodeo showcases latest technology for SOCom

There won’t be any horses, cowboys or clowns at the ThunderDrone Rapid Prototyping Rodeo starting Nov. 1 at the new Sofwerx center on 2nd Avenue in Ybor City.The rodeo will feature more than 20 different teams of drone innovators participating in mor...
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A sergeant’s last mission: soldiering, barbering and missing his family in Florida

A sergeant’s last mission: soldiering, barbering and missing his family in Florida

Two months before Sgt. La David T. Johnson died in an ambush in Niger, he told his sister in an hourlong video chat that he was ready to come home. He wanted to see his children again and return to his wife, then four months pregnant with their third...
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