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 new boss judging success by what cadets go on to achieve

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    New Air Force Academy boss Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria isn't judging his 4,000 cadets by what he's seen so far since returning to Colorado Springs. Instead the veteran fighter pilot who ran the air war in the Middle East in his most recent job said how those cadets later perform in Syria,...

  • Pain and kicks join punch and cake at Fort Carson birthday

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Fort Carson's five-day celebration last week came with candles, cake and pain to celebrate the 4th Infantry Division's 100th anniversary. Welcome to Iron Horse Week, in which a few good punches and kicks come with punch and cake. "It's all about winning," said 1st Sgt. Malquer...

  • Bennet: Trump's spending plan, tax reform, Pentagon boost going nowhere

    Updated: Fri, Aug 18, 2017

    Gridlock in Congress could leave the Trump administration heading into its second year with his predecessor's spending plan. Colorado Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said with the federal fiscal year winding down, there's little time left for Congress to act on President Donald...

  • New Fort Carson deputy commander has 'intellectual firepower'

    Updated: Sat, Aug 12, 2017

    Some Army bosses are known for their bulging arms or bellowing voices. New Fort Carson deputy commander Col. William Thigpen is known for his big brain. The colonel took over the post's No. 2 job last week after coming to town from a Washington, D.C., think tank, the Center for...

  • Debts shutter downtown Colorado Springs community cafe

    Updated: Tue, Aug 8, 2017

    Seeds Community Café closed Sunday, attributing its demise to "past financial decisions coupled with a lack of donations and customer traffic," according to a news release from the nonprofit pay-as-go eatery in downtown Colorado Springs The shutdown comes nearly four months after...

  • Air Force Academy's first female boss says she's leaving school on course for success

    Updated: Mon, Aug 7, 2017

    Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson uses flight terms to describe her four years in command of the Air Force Academy. And one word comes up again and again: "Turbulence." A government shutdown and budget cuts, trouble in the athletic program, and, lately, an investigation into the academy's...

  • Colorado Springs airmen scoring victories against Western wildfires

    Updated: Sun, Aug 6, 2017

    With more than 500,000 acres ablaze across the Western United States, aerial firefighters from Colorado Springs have been hopping with daily sorties from southern California to Oregon. There's been no respite for the crew from Peterson Air Force Base's 302nd Airlift Wing since it was...

  • A century later, Fountain doughboy recognized as World War I hero

    Updated: Sat, Aug 5, 2017

    Sgt. Keith "Kize" Lacey went to his grave in 1977 never knowing he was a hero. That was probably no big deal for the Fountain father of eight. He seldom talked about the war. He'd rather chat about playing pool or something he'd read in the Gazette, which he methodically consumed...

  • Air Force Academy firefighters notch world record at skills competition

    Updated: Wed, Aug 2, 2017

    A team of middle-aged Air Force Academy firefighters set a world record Sunday in a competition that tested their blaze-battling skills. It's the latest in a pile of honors for academy crews who are perennial contenders in the Scott Firefighter Combat Challenge. The contest gathers...

  • Mega-suit grinds slowly ahead in Widefield Aquifer toxic water case

    Updated: Mon, Jul 31, 2017

    The defendants have moved to dismiss a sweeping lawsuit over chemicals polluting the Widefield Aquifer. The suit, brought last fall, alleges that chemical giant 3M and other firms that sold firefighting foam to the Air Force should have known that it contained dangerous...

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