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.
  • AFA officials call for outside review after recent athletic suspensions

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Air Force Academy is seeking an outside review of its sports teams in the wake of hazing incidents that have rocked its swimming and lacrosse programs. The move was confirmed by academy Athletic Director Jim Knowlton who said the incidents, which remain under investigation, have...

  • Alaska training prepares Northern Command troops for harsh battle conditions

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    Green Berets under the direction of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs braved frigid Alaskan weather this month as part of a training exercise to prepare troops for arctic battles. The Arctic Edge exercise involved 1,500 troops and was an early tests of the command's new...

  • New USS Colorado to be welcomed into Navy fleet Saturday

    Updated: Sat, Mar 17, 2018

    A full 24 hours of celebrations kicked off in Connecticut on Friday as Colorado politicians and Navy brass readied to welcome America's newest submarine into the service. The USS Colorado, to be commissioned Saturday morning, drew notables from its namesake state including Gov. John...

  • UNRECOVERED: Senators call on VA to fix problems with contractor paying for vets' health care

    Updated: Thu, Mar 15, 2018

    Days after a Gazette story exposed shortcomings in the federal Veterans Affairs Choice program, 11 senators have fired off a letter to VA leaders calling for a fix to the system that provides private health care to veterans. The senators, including Colorado's Democratic U.S. Sen....

  • Gazette story prompts new Air Force secrecy efforts

    Updated: Wed, Mar 14, 2018

    The Air Force has decided it needs to be much more secretive since a Gazette story last month on the National Space Defense Center in Colorado Springs triggered a public relations "stand down." In an email, the Pentagon confirmed the existence of a memo that bans most Air Force...

  • Hometown Heroes: Lifetime of volunteerism, philanthropy earns Chuck Murphy humanitarian award

    Updated: Mon, Mar 12, 2018

    Red Cross recognition as the region's top humanitarian for 2018 adds to a pile of plaudits earned by Colorado Springs developer and philanthropist Chuck Murphy. The scion of Murphy Constructors, he's long been renowned for his support of the arts and local charities. He's also been a...

  • 22 of 23 sports federations under U.S. Olympic Committee earned D's and F's, according to study

    Updated: Mon, Mar 12, 2018

    All but one of 22 sports federations under the U.S. Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs earned D's and F's in a University of Colorado study that graded them on factors including transparency, internal policies and safety. The study, from CU's Sports Governance Center, found that...

  • Irked with failure of VA's Choice program, Coffman wants change at top

    Updated: Sun, Mar 11, 2018

    Ongoing Veterans Affairs debacles, including the failure of the Choice program that's supposed to give veterans easy access to private care, have led Colorado's U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman to call for the firing of Secretary David Shulkin. Calling Shulkin a representative of VA's past...

  • New US Olympic Committee boss Susanne Lyons wants more power to police sports

    Updated: Thu, Mar 1, 2018

    The new boss of the U.S. Olympic Committee wants more power to police its affiliated sports and could seek congressional help to get it. Susanne Lyons, named the interim head of the USOC Wednesday after the resignation of CEO Scott Blackmun, said a string of sexual assault scandals,...

  • Embattled US Olympic Committee boss Scott Blackmun resigns, citing health issues

    Updated: Thu, Mar 1, 2018

    Facing public criticism and a personal health crisis, U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun abruptly resigned Wednesday. Eight years into a tenure that was known for increasing American medal counts and booming revenues from broadcast rights and sponsorships, Blackmun's...

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