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Tampa Bay area to host 2019 Medal of Honor convention

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The Congressional Medal of Honor Society (CMOHS) Thursday selected the Tampa Bay area as the host community for its 2019 Convention, honoring Medal of Honor recipients and their families. This is the first time the weeklong event, taking place in October 2019, will be held in Tampa. “Tampa Bay’s strong military tradition coupled with our outstanding vacation venues, cemented Tampa’s position as the host of this prestigious event,” said Ed Miyagishima, president and CEO of the 2019 Tampa Bay Medal…

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MacDill ‘WebOps’ employees center of botched online fight against Islamic State

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On any given day at MacDill Air Force Base, web crawlers scour social media for potential recruits to the Islamic State group. Then, in a high-stakes operation to counter the extremists’ propaganda, language specialists employ fictitious identities and try to sway the targets from joining IS ranks. At least that’s how the multimillion-dollar initiative is being sold to the Defense Department. A critical national security program known as “WebOps” is part of a vast psychological operation that the Pentagon says…

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Annual lobbyist conference starts today in Tampa

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The Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists‘ 11th annual conference kicks off later this week in Tampa. This year’s conference runs Wednesday-Friday at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay on Bayport Drive. The keynote speaker, however, is still in flux after the planned headliner had to cancel because of a last-minute scheduling conflict, executive director Mark Landreth said. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of the U.S. Central Command in Tampa, was going to talk on “Making America Secure in the 21st Century.” The military command is responsible for security…

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