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

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.<br>The Tampa Bay Times (TNS)

From the Pentagon to SOCOM: Army Gen. Richard Clarke takes over Special Operations Command

Those who know Army Gen. Richard Clarke say he is the right leader for a command responsible for training and equipping Navy SEALs, Army Delta Force, Green Berets and Rangers, Marine Raiders and Air Force special operators.

Health and financial woes continue for MacDill families dealing with mold in base housing

Some MacDill Air Force Base families who left their homes after finding toxic mold are waiting on compensation for moving expenses and damaged belongings.

Why do so many Medals of Honor go to servicemembers of Irish descent? One recipient has a theory

Of the 3,515 Medals of Honor awarded by the United States, some 2,018 have gone to Irish-Americans, according to Patrick McDermot of Irish Veterans Post 2 in Tampa, Fla.. To help explain the numbers, recipient James Charles McCloughan turned to history.

MacDill propels STEAM education with recruitment and community partnership in mind

Last year, some 1,100 students attended MacDill Air Force Base's STEAM Day, making it the largest event of its kind in the Air Force. This year’s attendance doubled that record number.

Air Force secretary visits MacDill, hears families' housing complaints

Military families who have complained about mold and other issues with the privately-run housing at MacDill Air Force Base were visited Friday by the Air Force's top civilian official.

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

Ray Hill was a half-drunk Marine, shipped back stateside from the hellish battlefields of the South Pacific with a case of malaria. Dorothy Russell was a sassy private, one of the first women to join the Marine Corps. They have been married for almost 75 years.