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Federal Tipoffs Involving Florida Newsletter for Sunday August 04, 2019 ( 53 items )  

Air Force Special Operations Command: Air Commandos Receive 2017 Cheney Award
HURLBURT FIELD, Florida, July 31 -- The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command issued the following news: By Lynette Rolen Two Air Force Special Operations Command Airmen were recognized for receiving the 2017 Cheney Award June 13, 2019, at Hurlburt Field, Florida. Then Maj. (now Lt. Col.) Matthew Mills and Master Sgt. Michael Wilson displayed extraordinary heroism while providing humanitarian relief after Hurricane Maria left a path of devastation in the Caribbean island of Dominica in Se  more

Coast Guard Interdicts 27 Cuban Migrants 5 Miles South of Key West
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard interdicted 27 Cuban migrants Saturday approximately 5 miles south of Key West. A Coast Guard Station Key West 45-foot Response Boat--Medium boatcrew interdicted an 18-foot migrant chug with 27 Cuban migrants, 22 males, four females and one child, aboard. The crew safely embarked all 27 migrants aboard the station boat. "These illegal ventures attempting to   more

Coast Guard Interdicts 4 Migrants, 2 Suspected Smugglers 30 Miles East of Hollywood
MIAMI, Florida, July 31 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard interdicted the 37-foot pleasure craft, Bada Bing, with three Brazilian migrants, one Jamaican migrant and two suspected smugglers Tuesday approximately 30 miles east of Hollywood. The Coast Guard Cutter Paul Clark (WPC-1101) crew located the pleasure craft with six people aboard during a patrol and safely embarked two Brazilian adult males, one Brazilian ad  more

Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection Interdict 7 Migrants, 67 Packages of Marijuana, 1 Suspected Smuggler
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection interdicted seven migrants, a suspected smuggler and 67 packages of marijuana Thursday approximately 7 miles east of Government Cut. The CBP intercepted an improperly lit 27-foot cabin cruiser approximately 7 miles east of Government Cut and discovered five Jamaican adult male migrants, one Bahamian male migrant, one Ita  more

Coast Guard, Partner Agencies Assists Disabled, Overdue Vessel West of Caladesi Island
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's U.S. Coast Guard issued the following news release: The Coast Guard assisted a disabled and overdue vessel Monday off the coast of Caladesi Island. Four children and four adults were assisted. FWC located four children and two adults on Caladesi Island. They were transported to Seminole boat ramp. At 9:37 p.m., Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg command center watchstanders were notified of an overdue 21-foot vesse  more

Columbia U.S. Attorney: Florida Man Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison For Pension Benefit Fraud Scheme
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, issued the following news release: * * * - Defendant Stole Monthly Payments from Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation * * * Kessey Durand, 28, of Miami, Florida, was sentenced today to 15 months in prison on a federal wire fraud charge stemming from his scheme attempting to steal over $107,000 in pension benefit payments intended for at least 21 victims/pension recipients. The announcement was made by U.S.   more

Corporation for National and Community Service: Hundreds of Nonprofit Program Leaders Gather in Orlando for First-Ever AmeriCorps VISTA National Convening
ORLANDO, Florida, July 29 -- The Corporation for National and Community Service issued the following news release: The Corporation for National and Community Service has convened hundreds of nonprofit leaders at the Hilton Orlando this week for the first-ever national symposium of AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors. This three-day event is an opportunity for 600 AmeriCorps VISTA sponsors to learn new tactics for recruiting and training AmeriCorps VISTA members, discover the latest developments in proje  more

Corps of Engineers Announces LOSOM Project Team Meetings and Public Workshops
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, announced today the planned schedule for the initial project delivery team (PDT) meeting supporting the development of the new Lake Okeechobee System Operating Manual (LOSOM) and a series of public workshops to provide the public with information about the ongoing efforts to update water management guidelines for the lake that integrate ad  more

Corps of Engineers Awards Intracoastal Waterway, Matanzas Dredging Contract
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a maintenance dredging contract today (July 29, 2019) for portions of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW) in St. Johns and Flagler counties. The Corps awarded the $5,898,389.00 small business set aside contract to Southwind Construction Corporation of Evansville, Indiana. Maintenance dredging along the IWW keeps the channels open and safe for navigation. Th  more

Corps Releases East Lake Toho Drawdown and Habitat Restoration Final Environmental Impact Statement for Public Comment
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Jacksonville District released the East Lake Tohopekaliga Drawdown and Habitat Enhancement (East Lake Toho) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for public comment. Public comments are due by September 3, 2019. The East Lake Toho Drawdown and Habitat Restoration Final EIS evaluates environmental effects of alternatives associated with a Florida Fi  more

Corps' Dredge Murden to Emergency Dredge Shoaling in Martin County
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' dredge Murden arrived in Martin County Aug. 1 to dredge a problematic shoal creating a safety concern within the Crossroads reach of the Intracoastal Waterway (IWW). The Corps requests recreationists slow down and use caution in this construction area. The Crossroads reach is where three federal channels come together: the IWW, the Okeechobee Waterway and the S  more

DOD: Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The U.S. Department of Defense issued the following news release: The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Tester's wife, Sharla, is the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a t  more

Economic Development Administration: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $7.5 Million to Help Establish the Tampa Bay Innovation Center Incubator
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $7.5 million grant to the Pinellas County Board of Supervisors of Clearwater, Florida, to help build the Tampa Bay Innovation Center Incubator, a 45,000 square foot state-of-the-art business facility. The project, to be located in a Tax   more

Economic Development Administration: U.S. Department of Commerce Invests to Establish a Workforce Training Facility at Florida Gateway College
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration issued the following news release: Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $2.4 million grant to Florida Gateway College of Lake City, Florida, to support the construction of the Gateway College Commercial Vehicle Driving Postsecondary Adult Vocational Facility. The project, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs   more

EEOC Sues University of Miami for Wage Discrimination Against Female Professor
MIAMI, Florida, July 29 -- The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued the following news release: The University of Miami violated federal law by paying a female professor less than a male counterpart for performing equal or similar work, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today. The University of Miami is a private university comprised of 12 schools and colleges, including the College of Arts and Sciences which has approximately 400 facul  more

Eglin Air Force Base Pilots Receive Ratings for New Helicopter
WHIPPANY, New Jersey, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: Test pilots from the 413th Flight Test Squadron from Eglin Air Force Base, Florida became the first Air Force pilots to receive a type rating on the AW-139 helicopter in Whippany, July 29. Maj. Zach Roycroft and Tony Arrington completed the five-week contracted course on the civilian counterpart to the Air Force's new MH-139 helicopter. The helicopter will replace the Air Force's aging UH-1N Huey. "This puts our tea  more

Eglin Air Force Base: Finding a Nomad
EGLIN AIR FORCE, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Cassidy Woody "Our Nomads have ceased their wandering" is the epitaph engraved on top of the 33rd Fighter Wing's Khobar Towers memorial dedicated to the 12 Nomads who lost their lives. The journey for one Nomad on that wall may have come to an end but for his sister it has just begun. Sally Adams has spent her entire life searching for her birth family after being adopted at two weeks old. The desire to meet   more

EPA Proposes to Delete Part of Escambia Wood Site in Pensacola From Superfund List
PENSACOLA, Florida, July 30 -- The Environmental Protection Agency issued the following news release: * * * - Public comments will be accepted by the agency until August 21, 2019 * * * The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced its intent to delete a portion of the Escambia Wood--Pensacola Superfund site from the National Priorities List (NPL) of the nation's most contaminated sites. EPA and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have determined that all requi  more

FEMA Awards City of Cape Coral Nearly $4.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,581,446 for the State of Florida to help the City of Cape Coral defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, removal and disposal of debris from within Cape Coral between Sept. 18, 2017 and March 3, 2018 following the September 20  more

FEMA Awards City of Jacksonville More Than $1.7 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,719,836 for the State of Florida to help the City of Jacksonville defray the costs of rebuilding dunes on city beaches damaged by Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the cost of rebuilding dunes along a seven-and-a-half mile stretch of beach using 56,280 cubic yards of new sa  more

FEMA Awards City of Jacksonville Nearly $4.1 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,099,091 for the State of Florida to help the City of Jacksonville defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the cost of overtime worked by the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department before, during and after Irma struck the city. The 1,400-member d  more

FEMA Awards City of Ocala More Than $1.6 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,606,214 for the State of Florida to help the City of Ocala defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the city for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Ocala between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017 following the September 2017  more

FEMA Awards Clay County Nearly $2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,969,981 for the State of Florida to help Clay County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, removal and disposal of debris within Clay County between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017 following the September 2017 storm. During th  more

FEMA Awards Florida Division of Emergency Management More Than $3.4 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) will receive a $3,423,855 grant to help defray the costs of responding to Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the state for the costs of contracting to provide such services as base camps, temporary staffing, supplies, and other items needed for performing e  more

FEMA Awards Lake County More Than $1.9 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,927,917 for the State of Florida to help Lake County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Dec. 17, 2017 and March 3, 2018 following the Septemb  more

FEMA Awards Lake County More Than $2.2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $2,202,339 for the State of Florida to help Lake County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Sept. 18 and Oct. 17, 2017 following the September 20  more

FEMA Awards Lee County More Than $4 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $4,015,575 for the State of Florida to help Lee County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Lake County between Dec. 17, 2017 and March 3, 2018 following the Septembe  more

FEMA Awards Marion County More Than $10.2 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $10,225,783 for the State of Florida to help Marion County defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the county for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Marion County between Oct. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017 following the Septembe  more

FEMA Awards Southwest Ranches More Than $1.4 Million for Hurricane Irma Expenses
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency issued the following news release: FEMA has approved $1,426,503 for the State of Florida to help the Town of Southwest Ranches defray the costs of debris removal for Hurricane Irma under FEMA's Public Assistance Program. FEMA funds will reimburse the town for the collection, reduction, disposal and site management of debris within Southwest Ranches between Oct. 18 and Dec. 16, 2017 follo  more

Florida U.S. Attorney: Georgia Man Sentenced For $6.5M Health Care Fraud, Money Laundering Involving Tricare, Other Victims
PENSACOLA, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: Michael Scott Burton, 52, of Decatur, Georgia, was sentenced to 96 months in federal prison yesterday after he pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit health care fraud and wire fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and money laundering. The sentence was announced today by Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Flori  more

Florida U.S. Attorney: Multi-Agency Strike Force Operation Nets Almost 30 Arrests, Seizure of Weapons, Drugs, Cash
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, Larry Keefe, issued the following news release: A second round of concentrated and coordinated federal, state, and local law enforcement activity has produced 29 arrests of wanted suspects and the seizure of eight weapons, significant quantities of drugs, more than $7,500 in cash, and two stolen vehicles, United States Attorney Lawrence Keefe and Sheriff Walt McNeil announced today. The arrests and seizures  more

Florida U.S. Attorney: St. Lucie County Resident Sentenced to Prison, to Pay Over $1M for Orchestrating Wire Fraud Scheme
MIAMI, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo Orshan, issued the following news release: On July 31, 2019, Sabrinea Lallonie Brooks, 28, of St. Lucie County, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robin L. Rosenberg to 48 months in prison and ordered to pay $ 1,071,249 in restitution for orchestrating a wire fraud scheme and embezzling funds from employers (Case No. 19cr14020). Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern Distr  more

Florida U.S. Attorney: Wellington Couple Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Theft of Government Funds, Aggravated Identity Theft
ORLANDO, Florida, July 30 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Billy Altidor (28, Wellington) and Evanie Louis (27, Wellington) have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit theft of government funds and aggravated identity theft. Each faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison on the conspiracy charge, and a consecutive mandatory minimum of two years' imprisonment, on the aggravated identity theft charge. A sentenci  more

Florida U.S. Attorney: Winter Park Man Pleads Guilty to Fraud and Money Laundering
ORLANDO, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued the following news release: Bryan L. Brewer (44, Winter Park) has pleaded guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud, and money laundering. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for the wire fraud count, up to 30 years' imprisonment for the bank fraud count, and up to 10 years' imprisonment for the money laundering count. Brewer has also agreed to pay restitution to his victims and a m  more

HUD to Release Mitigation Funds in Two Tranches
WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced that a Federal Register notice will soon be published that releases disaster mitigation funds in two tranches to areas impacted by recent storms. One tranche will include funds for Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, Missouri, and Georgia; and the second tranche will   more

MacDill Air Force Base: 50th Air Refueling Squadron 'Red Devils' Welcome New Commander
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Shannon Bowman The 50th Air Refueling Squadron conducted a change of command ceremony Aug. 2, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla, where Lt. Col. Menola Guthrie received command from Lt. Col. Ricardo Lopez. During the ceremony, Col. Travis Edwards, the 6th Operations Group commander, spoke about the merits of both the outgoing and incoming commanders. "I would say Lt. Col. Lopez bro  more

MacDill Air Force Base: 6th Mission Support Group - 'Ready to Take the Fight to the Enemy'
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, July 30 -- The U.S. Air Force (6th Air Mobility Wing) issued the following news: By Scott Warner The 6th Mission Support Group completed a two-day deployment readiness exercise for 233 Airmen across six squadrons, July 24 and 25, at MacDill Air Force Base. During training, five stations were set up to teach Airmen combat survival skills as well as simulate real-life scenarios they could expect to see while deployed. "The 6th MSG is ready to support MacDill mi  more

Maritime Administration: U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Nine New Marine Highway Project Designations
WASHINGTON, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration (MARAD) today announced the designation of nine Marine Highway Projects and a Marine Highway Route that will benefit Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington State and American Samoa. Marine highways are navigable waterways that can be used as alternate options to traditional  more

NAVAIR Leadership Development Program Graduate Finds Magic at Walt Disney World Job Rotation
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER TRAINING SYSTEMS DIVISION, Florida, July 29 -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command issued the following news release: Karoly Qader spent six months at the "Happiest Place on Earth" and hopes to bring back some of that pixie dust to NAVAIR. Qader, a recent graduate of the NAVAIR Leadership Development Program (NLDP) and a member of the Training Integrated Program Team on F-35 Lightning II, went on a job rotation with Walt Disney World's Facilities and Operation Services   more

Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Navy issued the following story: The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Tester's wife, Sharla, is the ship's sponsor. The ceremony will be highlighted by a time-honored Navy traditio  more

New DODEA Pacific South Community Superintendent Selected
OKINAWA, Japan, July 30 -- The U.S. Department of Defense's Education Activity issued the following news release: Ms. Lois Rapp, Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific Director for Student Excellence, is pleased to announce the selection of Ms. Gail Wiley as the Pacific South District's Guam Community Superintendent. Ms. Wiley previously served as the principal at Kadena Elementary School, Okinawa. Ms. Wiley received a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from the University of   more

Orlando IRS Nationwide Tax Forum Hosts Seminars on Cybersecurity, New Tax Law
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Internal Revenue Service issued the following news release: * * * - Qualified Business Income sessions highly popular for tax Pros * * * Tax professionals who attend the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum in Orlando, Florida, will learn the latest on cybersecurity, ethics, tax law changes for 2019 and more. The forum takes place August 13-15. Enrolled agents, certified public accountants, certified financial planners, Annual Filing Season P  more

Security Assistance Enterprise Honors Huther, Mays
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Alabama, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command issued the following news: The Security Assistance Command has honored its Employee of the Year and Supervisor of the Year. Scott Huther, who has since moved to another assignment as the Country Program Manager-Forward, Central Command in Tampa, Florida, received recognition as the 2018 USASAC Supervisor of the Year. Kimberly Mays, USASAC-New Cumberland, Pennsylvania, earned the 2018 Employee of the Year honors. Hu  more

Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta to Host Disaster Recovery Community Forum
PANAMA CITY, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta, a district bank in the Federal Home Loan Bank System, issued the following news release: Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (FHLBank Atlanta) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) today are hosting a community forum designed to help communities recognize and leverage available resources for aiding in recovery after a natural disaster. The forum will take place at A.D. Harris Learning Village from 5:00-7:30 p  more

Special Tactics Partners With Conventional Forces and Allies in U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Led Operation Rapid Forge
HURLBURT FIELD, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command issued the following news: By Rachel Yates U.S. Air Force Special Tactics teams are engaged, postured and ready with credible force to assure, deter and defend in an increasingly complex security environment. Over 400 Airmen, including two Special Tactics troops from different units, joined forces with partner nations for Operation Rapid Forge, from July 8 to July 26, across the European theater. Operation Rapid  more

Study Hard, Win Big: Sumter Military Child Wins $500 Prize for Academic Achievement at Shaw Air Force Base
DALLAS, Texas, July 30 -- The Army and Air Force Exchange Service issued the following news release: By Alexandra Pirkle Bree Dippold learned she had won the third-place prize in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's You Made the Grade sweepstakes in an unusual place--the family car. "We were on a road trip to Florida when my mom found out and told me," Bree said. "I was so excited." Col. Richard Brown, 20th Mission Support Group Commander, and Leatrice Peyton, Shaw Exchange main store ma  more

Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao Announces $21.8 Million in Infrastructure Grants to 10 Airports in Florida
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration issued the following news release: U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $478 million in airport infrastructure grants, the fourth allotment of the total $3.18 billion in Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding for airports across the United States. "This significant investment in airport improvements in   more

Tyndall Air Force Base, School District Address Lead Concerns at School
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, July 31 -- The U.S. Air Force (325th Fighter Wing) issued the following news: In coordination with Tyndall Elementary School and the Bay District School Superintendent's office, a joint press conference was held at Tyndall Elementary School, 4 P.M. today addressing possible exposure to un-remediated soil at the school. Tyndall Elementary School was constructed on the site of a WWII aerial gunnery school training range. The training at this range involved using   more

U.S. Air Force: International, Technical Partnership Continues to Flourish
PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Florida, July 31 -- The U.S. Air Force issued the following news: By Susan A. Romano Since 1996, the Air Force Technical Applications Center at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission in Vienna, Austria, have shared a long-term working relationship with the same vital goal in mind: global nuclear nonproliferation. and It is through that collaborative partnership that the two organizations have   more

U.S. Attorney Florida: Telemarketer, His Companies Agree to Pay $2.5M to Settle Allegations That They Operated Telemedicine Schemes
TAMPA, Florida, Aug. 1 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, Maria Chapa Lopez, issued the following news release: United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez and U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey for the Eastern District of Tennessee announce that Scott Roix, together with several entities through which he ran his telemarketing business, including HealthRight, LLC; Health Savings Solutions, LLC; Vici Marketing, LLC; and Vici Marketing Group, LLC (hereinafter collectively referre  more

Vice President Pence Issues Remarks at Ready4Work Roundtable With Operation New Hope
JACKSONVILLE, Florida, July 26 -- The White House issued the following remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at Ready4Work roundtable with Operation New Hope: THE VICE PRESIDENT: I just -- I'm really honored to be here, and particularly to be here at Operation New Hope celebrating 20 years of changing lives. This is a model program not only in Florida, but in the United States of America. So why don't we all give Kevin and the whole team here a big round of applause for doing such a great job? (  more

West Virginia U.S. Attorney: Owner of Bail Bonding Company Sentenced for Tax Fraud
WHEELING, West Virginia, Aug. 2 -- The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia, Bill Powell, issued the following news release: William W. Seelbach, of Fort Meyers, Florida, was sentenced today to three years probation for tax fraud, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Seelbach, age 69, owner of W&S Bail Bonding, doing business as A Bail Bonding by ABC of Wheeling, West Virginia, pled guilty to one count of "Conspiracy to Defraud the United States--Impede the Interna  more

White House: Six Nominations Sent to the Senate
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The White House issued the following news release: NOMINATIONS SENT TO THE SENATE: Natalie E. Brown, of Nebraska, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Republic of Uganda. Jovita Carranza, of Illinois, to be Administrator of the Small Business Administration, vice Linda E. McMahon. Robert S. Gilchrist, of Florida, a Career Member of the Senior Foreign S  more