The NOAA Hurricane Hunter WP-3 Orion nicknamed Miss Piggy is parked on the flight line at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa before the start of a weather reconnaissance mission. [LUIS SANTANA | Times (2016)]
A new commander took charge this month at MacDill Air Force Base, overseeing one of the base’s major tenants — the 927th Air Refueling Wing.
MacDill, the sprawling waterfront property at the tip of the South Tampa peninsula, is the center of a larger military community —and provides a local economic impact estimated at some $5 billion a year.
The recent installation of Col. Douglas Stouffer is a good time to test your local military IQ. Take a stab at the 15 questions below and you’ll get a better idea of how the military fits into life in Tampa Bay.
Col. Douglas A. Stouffer is new commander of the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, responsible for the organization, training, equipping, and readiness of some 950 reserve airmen and civilians. [U.S. Air Force]
One. MacDill recently evicted Kermit and Miss Piggy, nicknames for hurricane-hunting aircraft operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Why?
A giant C-17 cargo plane barely had room to put down on an airstrip at Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands. It was supposed to land at MacDill. [Times files (2013)]
MacDill Air Force Base is home to two of the U.S.military’s nine big “combatant commands,” including U.S. Central Command. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Volunteers from several organizations help with installation of so-called oyster domes as a means of limiting beach erosion along the shoreline at MacDill Air Force Base.[SKIP O’ROURKE | Times (2010)]
Marines practice beach landings at their installation off Gandy Boulevard in Tampa, using equipment including a 26-ton troop transport vehicle known as an AAVP7A1 [Times files (2003)]
A captain with the Pakistan Air Force joins fellow Muslim officers from coalition countries stationed at U.S. Central Command to break the fast at sundown during Ramadan. [AP Photo (2002)]