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.
  • Air Force Academy's commandant on tough training: 'the enemy is not forgiving'

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    The new commandant of the Air Force Academy said she puts people first. But don't mistake Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin's compassion for hand-holding. The former B-2 bomber pilot told a Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce crowd Wednesday that she expects those people under her command...

  • Army adds new space battalion to Fort Carson's ranks

    Updated: Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    The Army's newest battalion came into existence on a Fort Carson parade field Monday. The 200 reserve soldiers of the 2nd Space Battalion in Colorado Springs will back up their active-duty comrades to make sure troops in the field have the signals they need from space. It's a move by...

  • Air Force Academy probes alleged frosh cheating, athlete misconduct

    Updated: Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    Cheating by more than a dozen freshman Air Force Academy cadets on a low-stakes test and alleged misconduct by members of the school's lacrosse team were under separate investigations at the school Monday. The academy said 13 freshmen were accused of cheating on a test of basic Air...

  • 'Rare, rare bird' joins fleet at World War II aviation museum in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    The newest exhibit at the National Museum of World War II Aviation is overweight and underpowered. It's a warplane that was outgunned by nearly everything in the sky during the war. Next to its shiny blue Navy cousins, even its dull paint job seems out of place. But the two-seat...

  • Too fat to fight: Colorado nonprofit says military threatened by childhood obesity

    Updated: Tue, Oct 17, 2017

    Even the kids in America's fittest state are too fat to fight their nation's wars, a pro-military nonprofit argues in a new study. The military has long bemoaned America's tubby youth, and the Council for a Strong America says Colorado is part of the problem, with more than 27...

  • Navy holds dual birthday-USS Colorado celebration in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Oct 14, 2017

    The Navy celebrated its birthday in landlocked Colorado Springs on Friday as local boosters worked to drum up support for the state's namesake submarine. The USS Colorado, a Virginia-class submarine, will be commissioned into the Navy's fleet in 2018. The Navy took delivery of...

  • Former Air Force Academy boss Michelle Johnson to head NBA referee program

    Updated: Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    The former head of the Air Force Academy is trading in her blue uniform for the black and gray garb worn by National Basketball Association referees. The league announced on Thursday that retired Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson was hired as the NBA's senior vice president and head of...

  • Congress proposes health study and some cash on table to address toxic Widefield water

    Updated: Thu, Oct 12, 2017

    Congress likely will ask for a study to define the human health impacts of a toxic firefighting foam used by the Air Force for decades, fouling drinking water south of Colorado Springs and in many other locales. The study - seen as a positive by those impacted - is ordered in the...

  • No evidence of shots fired at Air Force Academy; social media fuels 'hysteria'

    Updated: Wed, Oct 11, 2017

    A Nerf gun battle at the Air Force Academy was reported as shots fired, setting off a campuswide panic Friday night that prompted a lockdown and left cadets huddled under their dorm room desks and some texting their parents goodbye. Officials at the school say the false alarm, which...

  • Fort Carson soldiers stream home from European deployment

    Updated: Tue, Oct 10, 2017

    Soldiers from Fort Carson's 3rd Brigade Combat Team are streaming home after nine months in Europe. For some families, the wait has seemed much longer. "She was 2 months old when I left," Staff Sgt. James Kuritz said as he held his daughter, Mia. "From having a newborn to having a...

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