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  • Jill Kelley visited the White House THREE TIMES times in last three months with her twin sister

    11/16/2012 12:41:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 64 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/16/12 | Lydia Warren
    Jill Kelley, the Florida housewife whose complaint over threatening emails revealed David Petraeus´ affair, has visited the White House three times in the past three months, it has emerged. In by far the most astonishing example of her determination to reach the top, the shrewd socialite and her twin sister, Natalie Khawam, were invited to two ´courtesy´ meals in the Executive Mansion mess hall as a guest of a White House aide, an Obama administration official has revealed. She met the mid-level aide through her work with MacDill Air Force Base near Tampa, where she also rubbed shoulders with the
  • VIDEO: U.S. Army soldier brutally beaten in South Tampa

    05/16/2012 7:25:45 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 24 replies ^ | 1:41 PM, May 14, 2012
    Tampa, Florida -- Police want your help finding four men who teamed up to beat a young U.S. Army soldier in a South Tampa street. It was an awful welcome to Tampa Bay for a young soldier. Police say the victim of a violent beating caught on camera is 24 years old and has lived in Tampa for less than a month. He's a U.S. Army soldier assigned to MacDill Air Force Base and lives not far from the base at Dale Mabry Hwy. and Interbay Blvd. Police say Sunday morning, at around 3 a.m., the soldier's car broke down...
  • Two people in custody in MacDill AFB incident (CentCom being probed?)

    06/14/2010 6:43:26 PM PDT · by representativerepublic · 7 replies · 686+ views
    TAMPA-- MacDill AFB closed the Bayshore gate due to an "on-base incident" Monday night. Two people are in custody and are being questioned. The incident reportedly involved a vehicle that contained ammunition and guns.
  • 2 people are in custody after trying to get onto MacDill Air Force Base

    06/14/2010 6:26:06 PM PDT · by VRWCTexan · 124 replies · 6,225+ views
    CNN - Twitter ^ | June 14, 2010 | Tori Blase
    Via twitter - BREAKING CNN: 2 people are in custody after trying to get onto MacDill Air Force Base, the home of U.S. Central Command: Air Force spokeswoman
  • Veteran fatally shot at MacDill Air Force Base had record involving threat(FL)

    05/21/2010 5:50:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies · 784+ views ^ | 21 May, 2010 | Jessica Vander Velde and Kim Wilmath
    TAMPA — Ronald Bullock made MacDill Air Force Base his home even though he was no longer in the military. Decades had passed since a grenade blew up on him in Vietnam, rendering him disabled, his brother said. But as a veteran with a military ID, he could stay at the base's campground for six months at a time. Bullock, 61, didn't have a family or a job. He told his uncle he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. "He took a mess of pills to keep him going, to keep him cool," said his uncle, Phil Sullivan, 80, of Tampa....

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Motorcyclist shot by off-duty FBI agent at MacDill Air Force Base gate

    05/19/2010 10:59:58 PM PDT · by Brandonmark · 52 replies · 1,852+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | May 20, 2010 | Shelley Rossetter
    TAMPA — An off-duty FBI agent shot and killed an Army veteran Wednesday night after a confrontation and chase at MacDill Air Force Base, officials said. It all started at the base's family camp, a recreational vehicle area at the south end of the base, said Col. Larry Martin, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander. The veteran was visiting the base when an altercation broke out. He took off on a motorcycle with security officials in pursuit, according to Martin. "He became more and more aggressive as the pursuit continued," said Dave Couvertier, a special agent with the FBI. When the...
  • Fatal shooting reported outside MacDill AFB

    05/19/2010 4:53:29 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 20 replies · 1,380+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 19, 2010
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Fire officials say one person is dead in a shooting at an entrance gate to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. Tampa Fire Rescue officials say they were called to the gate at 6:47 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Why The Hell Would Obama Bow To Tampa Mayor? (Obama Has No Dignity, Bows To Anyone)

    01/31/2010 7:42:12 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 81 replies · 2,822+ views
    Weasel Zippers via AP Photo ^ | January 31, 2010 | Weasel Zippers
    Why The Hell Would Obama Bow To Tampa Mayor? Hey, what's that on the ground? Oh, it's just my dignity U.S. President Barack Obama bows to Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio at MacDill Air Force Base on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo)
  • It's A Plane! No, It's A Helicopter! (Osprey CV-22)

    05/23/2008 8:19:20 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 24 replies · 607+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 5-22-08 | Keith Morelli
    Air Force Lt. Col. Darryl Sheets has been a pilot for 13 years, but when he switched to the new Osprey troop and cargo carrier, "it was like learning how to fly all over again." Even if you're just along for the ride, like civilians who got a demonstration Wednesday morning, the CV-22 Osprey takes some getting used to. Especially at the moment of truth, when this one-of-a-kind, helicopter-airplane hybrid switches from one mode of flight to the other - in midair. Critics disagree, but the Pentagon insists it worked out all the bugs for pilots such as Sheets during...
  • Army General Martin Dempsey to Become Central Command Chief

    03/28/2008 5:16:10 AM PDT · by RDTF · 21 replies · 1,023+ views
    fox ^ | March 28, 2008 | AP
    WASHINGTON — One of the Army's most Iraq-savvy generals is taking charge, at least temporarily, of arguably the most important command in the U.S. military, with responsibility for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a ceremony Friday at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey is to assume command of U.S. Central Command from Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, who announced unexpectedly on March 11 that he was quitting. Fallon cited press reports that he was at odds with President Bush over Iran policy. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who has denied that Fallon was out of step...
  • The Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" Military Investigation, Statements 13-24

    01/21/2008 12:59:49 PM PST · by enough_idiocy · 1 replies · 75+ views
    Confederate Yankee ^ | January 21, 2008 | Confederate Yankee
    Documents released by the Office of the Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base Florida, in relation to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests files for documents relating to the military investigation into the Scott Thomas Beauchamp "Shock Troops" article in The New Republic magazine. The following are the never-before published statements of soldiers interviewed in the course of the investigation. Names are redacted per federal privacy laws.
  • Military Captain Battles Bathroom Stink

    08/07/2007 10:06:21 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 17 replies · 894+ views
    Herald Tribune ^ | Monday, August 06, 2007 | AP
    War stinks, apparently even behind the lines. That's the gist of a military e-mail concerning restroom problems at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base uncovered by the Tampa Tribune. The bottom line: A small restroom facility near the command's Joint Intelligence Center doesn't have adequate ventilation, resulting in - as Navy Capt. Samuel J. Cox put it - "malodorous working conditions." Cox posted written orders directing workers to take their serious bathroom business to more capable facilities unless it was an emergency. When the signs were removed, Cox pointed out in a lighthearted e-mail that ignoring the directive...
  • Suspicious truck closes MacDill gate

    07/13/2007 5:03:49 AM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 7 replies · 840+ views ^ | 07/13/07 | fox
    Hillsborough County, Florida TAMPA - A 'suspicious' truck has closed a cargo gate at MacDill Air Force Base, along with several roads close to the base. MacDill spokesman Lt. Omar Villarreal told FOX 13 that the vehicle inspection system at the Port Tampa gate detected something unusual from a truck parked there. The Tampa Police Department reports that they are blocking traffic on Interbay Boulevard between WestShore Boulevard and Dale Mabry Highway while base security personnel investigate the truck.
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold pre-game practice at MacDill AFB

    08/21/2006 4:57:19 PM PDT · by SandRat · 8 replies · 441+ views
    Air Force Links ^ | Staff Sgt. Randy Redman
    8/18/2006 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AFPN) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers broke training camp Thursday and in an unprecedented move for the team, held its day-before-game walk-through at MacDill AFB, Fla. The Buccaneers, who play their second pre-season game against the Miami Dolphins Saturday, have a long-standing relationship and community partnership with the military here. "You guys have no idea what a great morale booster it is for you to come out and do this," said Col. Maggie Woodward, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander. "It means a lot that you think enough of us to do this." Friday's...
  • 'War on Satan' general pushed for top post

    04/04/2006 4:20:12 PM PDT · by radar101 · 5 replies · 379+ views ^ | April 4, 2006 | LIZ SIDOTI
    WASHINGTON -- A Senate Republican wants an Army general who drew criticism for church speeches casting the war on terrorism in religious terms to lead the U.S. special operations command. In a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. George Allen, R-Va., recommended Lt. Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, now the Pentagon's deputy undersecretary for intelligence, for the post at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. The current commander, Army Gen. Bryan "Doug" Brown, is retiring. In 2003, Boykin gave speeches at evangelical Christian churches in which he painted the war on terror as a Christian fight against Satan and...
  • Harry Whittington to make statement at 1:00 PM EST (Live Thread)

    02/17/2006 8:36:52 AM PST · by Raebie · 793 replies · 35,174+ views
    Breaking on Fox.
  • International Coalition Strong Heading into Fifth Year

    01/28/2006 11:31:35 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 269+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Jan 27, 2006 | Capt. Steve Alvarez, USA
    MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., Jan. 27, 2006 – Just one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, nations around the world mobilized and formed a military coalition. Their goal: to combat global terrorism. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the coalition, which is headquartered at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla. Today, CENTCOM officials said, 63 nations are supporting the global war on terror. Since the coalition's inception, 27 nations have deployed more than 22,000 troops to Iraq. In Afghanistan, coalition nations have deployed more than 3,000 troops hailing from 42 nations. These figures exclude U.S. forces....
  • Victory Is Bottom Line in War Against Terror, Rumsfeld Says (w link to full transcript)

    10/14/2005 7:09:13 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 8 replies · 449+ views
    US Department of State ^ | Oct. 14, 2005 | Defense News
    Washington -- The goal of the global War on Terror is "victory -- unconditional, unapologetic, and unyielding," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says, even as the terrorists pursue a test of wills in which their goal is not to win militarily but to outlast the coalition. At a town hall meeting October 13 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, the secretary of defense praised the U.S. forces and the people of Iraq and Afghanistan who he said are on the front line of this effort. He also highlighted Iran's efforts to thwart U.S. and coalition success in Iraq. Rumsfeld...
  • For Special Operations Forces, a Rare Public Spotlight

    06/11/2005 6:13:29 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 13 replies · 1,940+ views
    NY Times ^ | 6-11-05 | RICHARD W. STEVENSON
    Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Vice President Dick Cheney Friday with Master Sgt. Donald R. Hollenbaugh, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.June 11, 2005 TAMPA, Fla., June 10 - Vice President Dick Cheney paid public tribute on Friday to military personnel who often work deep in the shadows, bestowing awards on five Special Operations soldiers for heroism in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a ceremony at the Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base and in a subsequent speech, Mr. Cheney drew attention both to the actions of the individuals he honored and what he said was the growing importance of...
  • Vanity: Suspicious car stopped at MacDill/CentCom (Tampa) entry gate?

    08/26/2004 7:05:50 AM PDT · by dawn53 · 15 replies · 923+ views
    WFLA radio | 8/26/04
    Just heard this on the radio, WFLA, Tampa Florida. Nothing on their website: Anybody else have any info?
  • Seattle radio station bleeps Bush's reference to Rush Limbaugh

    06/18/2004 4:26:45 AM PDT · by anita · 23 replies · 282+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 17, 2004 | David Postman, Seattle Times chief political reporter
    President Bush said on Wednesday: "Today in Iraq, more than 170 newspapers are being published, and I saw the other day that they've even got talk radio. I don't know if they've contacted Rush yet." KVI-AM listeners didn't get to hear Bush's Limbaugh joke. "We just don't generally expose or promote talk-show hosts on other stations," says program director Paul Duckworth, whose station once aired Rush Limbaugh's show.

    06/17/2004 12:05:50 AM PDT · by kattracks · 3 replies · 149+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/17/04 | DEBORAH ORIN
    June 17, 2004 -- President Bush yesterday sent an emotional thanks to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, saying their sacrifices were "needed" to create "a democratic free Iraq" that will make America safer.

    06/16/2004 7:23:47 PM PDT · by GretchenM · 119 replies · 651+ views, ^ | June 16, 2004 | GretchenM
    President Bush spoke to about 10,000 US troops and their families at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, and also live via satellite to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. He attended a briefing at Central Command Headquarters in Florida. Enjoy your daily dose of W and today's visit to Sanity Island!
  • Free Iraq's Future Coming Into View, Bush Says at MacDill

    06/16/2004 12:30:32 PM PDT · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 8 replies · 1,210+ views
    DoD-AFPS ^ | June 16, 2004 | John D. Banusiewicz
    Free Iraq's Future Coming Into View, Bush Says at MacDill By John D. BanusiewiczAmerican Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, June 16, 2004 – With the transfer of sovereignty two weeks away, the future of a free Iraq is coming into view, President Bush told a worldwide military audience and service members assembled at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., today. U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command have their headquarters at MacDill. A satellite television hook-up enabled the president to make his remarks directly to service members assembled in hangars at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, and Baghdad International Airport, Iraq,...
  • Caption: Bush at MacDill Air Force Base

    06/16/2004 10:16:47 AM PDT · by ejdrapes · 16 replies · 185+ views
    AP | June 16, 2004 | AP
  • (President) Bush Claims Progress Despite Iraq Violence

    06/16/2004 11:06:01 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 164+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 6/16/04 | Tom Raum - AP
    MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - President Bush (news - web sites) gave a pep talk on Wednesday to U.S. forces in Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iraq (news - web sites), claiming steady progress toward democracy in both countries despite a surge in violence in Iraq. "The future of a free Iraq is now coming into view," Bush told several thousand troops in a giant hangar at this waterfront Tampa, Fla., air base that is home to the U.S. Central Command. "A democratic free Iraq is on the way." His remarks were beamed to troops in Iraq and...
  • Bush Seeks to Boost Morale of U.S. Troops in Iraq

    06/16/2004 11:27:24 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 5 replies · 147+ views
    Reuters ^ | 06/16/04 | Caren Bohan
    Bush Seeks to Boost Morale of U.S. Troops in Iraq Wed Jun 16, 2004 01:55 PM ET By Caren Bohan MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (Reuters) - President Bush sought on Wednesday to rally U.S. troops in Iraq who face extended tours and mounting casualties by telling them "our country has needed that sacrifice." Appearing in the election battleground state of Florida -- home to many military families -- Bush also tried to reassure the soldiers that the mission in Iraq was yielding progress despite the persistent violence. "We're bringing back a 5,000 year-old civilization to life," Bush said. Located...
  • Central Command Memorial Aims at January 2005 Groundbreaking (MacDill AFB)

    05/30/2004 4:09:59 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 2 replies · 1,021+ views
    AP ^ | May 30, 2004
    Central Command Memorial Aims at January 2005 Groundbreaking By Vickie Chachere/Associated Press May 30, 2004 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - When the planners of the Central Command Memorial began their work nearly three years ago, the idea was to create a monument to the history of those who had served and died in the command's operations from Kenya to Kazakhstan. That was just weeks before the Sept. 11 attacks and a time when no one could foresee wars in Iraq and Afghanistan producing new names to be memorialized nearly every day. The drive to build the $1.5 million memorial at Central...
  • A feast of fellowship - multinational Coalition Village at MacDill Air Force Base

    11/27/2003 5:07:42 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 90+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | November 27, 2003 | ADRIENNE P. SAMUELS
    CLEARWATER - In a quiet and unpretentious gathering, representatives of some of the richest and most powerful nations in the world broke bread together Wednesday in a show of unity. Egypt, Kuwait, France, Singapore, Jordan and Pakistan were there. All part of a 68-member group of countries united against terrorism and based in Coalition Village at MacDill Air Force Base. The group is working together on two military operations to rebuild Iraq and to curb terrorism. And though military brass from those countries don't all practice the same religion, they decided to come together in a show of support at...
  • Army General Takes Over Central Command

    07/07/2003 5:41:40 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 7 replies · 186+ views ^ | July 7, 2003
    With a new, fourth star on his collar, Army Gen. John Abizaid took over as leader of the U.S. Central Command on Monday following a star-studded tribute to retiring commander Gen. Tommy Franks. Abizaid, an Arabic speaker whom Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called "the leader for the 21st century," had served as one of Frank's two deputies at Central Command. During that time, Franks planned the war on terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks and then coordinated the invasion of Iraq. "The greatest honor of any solider is to command the sons and daughters of America," Abizaid said during the...
  • Armed man looking for Gen. Franks arrested at MacDill base

    07/06/2003 2:39:31 PM PDT · by mhking · 5 replies · 173+ views
    A man was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to get through a security checkpoint at MacDill Air Force Base with a loaded handgun and a knife as he asked to see Gen. Tommy Franks. Todd Christian Wiegler, 31, of Brandon, pulled up in his car to a gate at the base around 8:40 a.m., Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said. He apparently told MacDill security guards that he wanted to see Franks, who oversaw the war in Iraq as head of MacDill-based U.S. Central Command. The guards asked Wiegler to get out of his car and quickly found a...
  • Armed Man Arrested at Fla. Military Base

    07/04/2003 2:40:54 PM PDT · by MindBender26 · 49 replies · 532+ views
    AP | JUL4/03 | Asso Press
    Armed Man Arrested at Fla. Military Base By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Filed at 5:13 p.m. ET TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A man with a loaded handgun and a knife was arrested Friday after he allegedly tried to get through the gate of a military base while asking to see Gen. Tommy Franks. Todd Christian Wiegler, 31, pulled up in his car to a security checkpoint at MacDill Air Force Base around 8:40 a.m., said Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin. He apparently told MacDill security guards that he wanted to see Franks, who oversaw the war in Iraq as head of...
  • Teen Suicide Pilot Might Have Targeted Air Force Base, FBI Reports

    06/19/2003 1:11:37 PM PDT · by Sweet_Sunflower29 · 41 replies · 623+ views
    AP Breaking News ^ | June 19, 2003
    Newly released FBI documents say a 15-year-old boy who stole a plane and crashed it into a skyscraper might have originally targeted MacDill Air Force Base in his suicide mission. An FBI review of Charles Bishop's Internet activity showed the teen sought maps of the base and information about it. He also sent an e-mail to a classmate asking where Central Command was located on the base. Bishop died on Jan. 5, 2002, when he flew a Cessna stolen from a flight school into the Bank of America building in downtown Tampa. He left a note expressing sympathy for Osama...
  • Justice coming, Bush warns

    03/27/2003 4:53:25 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Thursday, March 27, 2003 | By Joseph Curl
    <p>MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — President Bush yesterday said elite Iraqi forces outside Baghdad are coming under "direct and intense attack" from coalition soldiers and warned Saddam Hussein "there will be a day of reckoning for Iraq, and that day is drawing near."</p>
  • President Rallies Troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa(TRANSCRIPT)

    03/26/2003 10:16:26 AM PST · by VANHALEN2002 · 4 replies · 240+ views
    White House ^ | 03/26/03 | Dubya
    President Rallies Troops at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa Remarks by the President to Socom and Centcom Community Macdill Air Force Base Tampa, Florida 10:42 A.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, all. (Applause.) Thank you, all. Thank you, all, very much. General Delong, thanks for such a kind introduction. Laura and I are really proud to be here with the good men and women of CENTCOM and MacDill Air Force Base, Florida. (Applause.) We are pleased to see so many family members who are here. We want to -- (applause) -- we thank you for coming. And I want...