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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


Mold found at Amie Norquist's home at MacDill Air Force Base. <br>Amie Norquist

MacDill families hope Congressional hearings on moldy housing will spur action

MacDill Air Force base families who say they’ve suffered health problems after living in private on-base housing had their say before Congress this week, and two women came out of the meetings hopeful the federal government will address concerns about military families living in mold-infested, substandard structures.


MacDill penalizes base housing operator over mold as congressional inquiry begins

The parent company of Tampa-based Harbor Bay said in a statement that mold problems at MacDill Air Force Base pointed out by the Tampa Bay Times have met with “a successful resolution,” but that’s not Annie Norquist’s experience.


SOCOM and Tampa gearing up for Defense Department’s Warrior Games in June

Next month, representatives from the five military services will come to Tampa for a Defense Department-wide planning conference “so they can see the venues and facilities and start their own preparations as well,” said U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Army Maj. Anthony Mayne.


Retired Marine colonel who took his life at the Bay Pines VA campus was the fifth veteran to do so since 2013

On Dec. 10, retired Marine Col. Jim Turner put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle.


Hurricane Michael

At the end of Alligator Point: National Guard clearing debris, providing security

Corinna McEwen showed off a photo of her standing in front of the roaring surf, arms spread wide, defying the coming storm. She stayed on Florida's Alligator Point as Hurricane Michael blasted ashore. But everything she built is gone.


Florida post office may be renamed in honor of airman killed in Iraq helicopter crash

Air Force Maj. Andreas O’Keeffe, who was from the Tampa, Fla. area, was in the co-pilot seat aboard a Pave Hawk helicopter that crashed March 15 after taking off from a base in western Iraq. O’Keeffe, 37, and six others on board were killed.


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