Life and politics from the Sunshine State's best city

Tag archive

MacDill Air Force Base

Rowdies hosting Independence Day Celebration July 6 with parachute demo, concert

in Sports/Top Headlines by

Tampa Bay Rowdies are hosting the club’s largest event of the season – the Independence Day Celebration – Thursday, July 6, at Al Lang Stadium as the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on FC Cincinnati. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. The night will begin with the U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Demonstration Team, widely known as the Para-Commandos, delivering the American Flag to the field from an altitude of 12,500 feet. Para-Commandos are comprised of U.S. Special Operations Command personnel headquartered at Tampa’s MacDill…

Keep Reading

Tampa Bay area to host 2019 Medal of Honor convention

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

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…

Keep Reading

Florida firm pushing sales of its American-made AK-47

in Apolitical/Top Headlines by

 Just down the road from a Krispy Krunchy fried chicken store, in a nondescript east coast business park in Florida, a 60,000-square-foot factory produces about 2,500 AK-47 rifles a month. The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ulrich “Uli” Wiegand, a German immigrant who started the company called Inter Ordinance Inc., sees a bright future for the American-made version of the Kalashnikov, the classic Soviet-bloc weapon with the iconic banana-shaped ammo magazine. It is the world’s most popular weapon. There were…

Keep Reading

Joe Henderson: Hillsborough Commission wusses out with transportation vote

in The Bay and the 'Burg by

Six Hillsborough County Commissioners took the wuss way out Wednesday on a major vote about the future of transportation here. I would say I’m shocked, but mama and my Sunday school teachers always told me never to lie. The commission has done little over the decades to show commitment to thinking and planning for anything except the next election. So, chalk up the 6-1 vote to spend $812 million in the next 10 years on another transportation (must not laugh,…

Keep Reading

Donald Trump to visit MacDill AFB Monday

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

Donald Trump will make his first visit to MacDill Air Force Base as President Monday. The president is spending the weekend at his luxury resort in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach this weekend, leaving Washington Friday night and staying through Monday morning. MacDill is home to the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) and the United States Operations Command (SOCOM), often referred to as the nerve and muscle center of the war on terror. Press Secretary Sean Spicer announced it Friday. The President’s visit comes just…

Keep Reading

Gwen Graham-backed MacDill AFB amendment added to NDAA

in Statewide/Top Headlines by

U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham is among the Armed Services panel members currently slogging through a marathon session to craft a national defense budget for FY 2017. The infamously complex and time-intensive process of producing the annual National Defense Authorization Act began early Wednesday morning and as of press time clocked in at around six hours long, with about 30 member-sponsored amendments considered and some 70 left to go. The upside for Graham, besides bringing Chief of Staff Julia Gill Woodward‘s infant son along for…

Keep Reading

On The Tampa Tribune’s new printing partnership with the Tampa Bay Times

in The Bay and the 'Burg/Top Headlines by

The future of The Tampa Tribune has been in doubt ever since the newspaper sold its downtown Tampa building to a Miami developer. At the time of the sale, Tribune Publisher Brian Burns said the paper would explore other options for printing, including contracting with other press operations or acquiring newer presses for printing at a new location. Of course, there were very few options for Burns and Co. to explore. So on Monday, the Tribune announced that the Barzini family would do business…

Keep Reading

Go to Top