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Howard Altman

Status: Senior Writer - Tampa Bay Times
Profession: Military, Opinion and Editorial, U.S. Regional
As seen in: Tampa Bay Times, New York Observer, Washington Times, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel, The Sacramento Bee, Kansas City Star, Stars and Stripes and 13 more


A Twitter storm erupted last weekend after journalist Talia Lavin’s tweet about a cross-shaped tattoo on Marine veteran Justin Gaertner's elbow drew a response from ICE saying she had "essentially labeled him a Nazi."<br>Kathleen Flynn/Zuma Press (TNS)

Writer resigns from New Yorker magazine after Twitter flap over Marine vet's tattoo

A Twitter storm erupted last weekend after journalist Talia Lavin’s tweet about a cross-shaped tattoo on a Marine veteran's elbow drew a response from ICE saying she had "essentially labeled him a Nazi."


Fifty years after he disappeared over Laos, remains of Fla. Air Force veteran return home

In November 1969, at a hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, Air Force Capt. James White and his wife Sharon enjoyed their last night out together. The next morning, the 27-year-old pilot took off on another secret mission to attack the communist Pathet Lao forces. He was never seen again.


How to spot neo-Nazis in the military? A bomb-making guardsman's case shows how hard it is

Brandon Russell's reserve command found no evidence he was espousing his neo-Nazi beliefs a year ago. But an investigation revealed that Russell was the leader of a neo-Nazi organization called The Atomwaffen Division — and that he was making bombs.


Votel: US will stay in Syria to fight ISIS and keep an eye on Iran

In March, President Donald Trump said he would be pulling U.S. troops out of Syria "very soon." But they're still there, and will stay there, to defeat what's left of the so-called Islamic State, says the man in charge of military efforts in the region.


Veterans, troops thrilled to be honored by Lightning at every game – even the extra ones

Shortly before the puck drops at Amalie Arena for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup's Eastern Conference finals, WWII veteran Bill Kingdon will take the ice as part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's National Anthem presentation ceremony. "I'm so excited I can't even sleep," said Kingdon.


Clouds can’t dampen crowd’s enthusiasm at packed MacDill Airfest in Florida

An estimated 90,000 people came out on an overcast day to see the Blue Angels’ six F/A-18 Hornets, the Raptor and an A-10 Thunderbolt II close-air-support jet from the Air Force A-10 Demonstration team.