Tom Roeder

Military Editor

Tom Roeder is the Gazette's senior military editor. In Colorado Springs since 2003, Tom covers seven military installations in Colorado, including five in the Pikes Peak region. His main job, though, is being dad to two great kids.
  • Fort Carson troops put holiday cheer on hold to prepare for war

    Updated: Wed, Dec 13, 2017

    This is usually the week when Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team puts on Santa hats and spreads Christmas cheer downtown. But this year, they're spending the week getting ready for their second mock war in California in the past six months and a real war that could follow. "You...

  • New FEMA boss with Colorado Springs ties worries about fires, floods

    Updated: Tue, Dec 5, 2017

    Biblical plagues, fires, earthquakes, terror attacks, industrial disasters of epic scale - they all have a spot in the back of the mind of Lee dePalo, the top pessimist in the Rockies. A Colorado Springs native and Air Force Academy graduate, dePalo spends his days pondering the end...

  • Air Force Academy informants at center of child porn court-martial arguments

    Updated: Wed, Nov 29, 2017

    A day of testimony in an Air Force child porn case centered on whether the service's use of confidential informants will scuttle key evidence. An image of nude children was spotted on Tech. Sgt. David Bingham's computer by his co-worker Staff Sgt. Barbara Hoerth after he turned the...

  • Scandal-filled Air Force Academy sexual assault office 'derelict' in care for victims, report says

    Updated: Mon, Nov 27, 2017

    Infighting, mishandled cases, questionable record keeping, alleged office romances and a lurid rumor mill led an Air Force Academy investigator to find that the school's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office was "derelict in the performance" of duties and bungled care for...

  • No room for error as Colorado Springs' 21st Space Wing stares into orbit

    Updated: Sun, Nov 26, 2017

    North Korean missile launches, suspicious satellites and the rising specter of a space war have drawn unprecedented congressional debate and headlines in 2017. In the quiet world of the 21st Space Wing, for airmen who stare into orbit there's a gentler word for it: Understanding....

  • Colorado Springs VA woes drive Lamborn plan for national fix

    Updated: Sat, Nov 18, 2017

    Things are so bad at the Colorado Springs VA clinic that Colorado Springs U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn says it will take drastic action, including privatized veteran health care, to fix it. Spurred by a new report on scheduling irregularities at the Colorado Springs clinic, Lamborn, a...

  • Reported sex assaults at Fort Carson rise sharply, Pentagon says

    Updated: Sat, Nov 18, 2017

    Reported sexual assaults have skyrocketed at Fort Carson since 2013, an increase commanders say is driven by soldiers becoming more willing to report attacks. The number of reported assaults more than doubled from 43 in 2013 to 114 in 2016, a Pentagon report released Friday morning...

  • Report: Wait times falsified for 90 percent of Colorado Springs VA PTSD patients

    Updated: Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    An internal Department of Veterans Affairs watchdog told Congress Thursday that nine in ten PTSD patients at a Colorado Springs clinic had their wait times "inaccurately recorded." The phony wait times mean patients in Colorado Springs waited weeks and months longer for care than was...

  • Bill advances to give mental care to 'other than honorable' troops years after Gazette investigation

    Updated: Wed, Nov 15, 2017

    A measure that would let all veterans suffering mental illness get government care, even if they were kicked out of the service, got unanimous support in the House and seems poised to become law. The measure, penned by Aurora Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman and inspired by a...

  • 'Amazing' flyovers scheduled before Air Force-Army football game

    Updated: Tue, Nov 14, 2017

    The gridiron rivalry between the Air Force and Army, a crucial match-up in the service academies' annual competition for the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, will be on display Saturday in Falcon Stadium. Friday, though, was about cooperation, with the Air Force and Army demonstrating how...

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