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.
  • Colorado Springs group ends guard over recruiting office; Pentagon issues order to protect such sites

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Armed civilians have stopped guarding recruiting depot in Colorado Springs, but the Pentagon on Thursday pledged its own steps to heighten security in the wake of the Tennessee shootings - including more armed troops. A memo penned by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls for "action...

  • Pikes Pub: Blue moon the perfect occasion to celebrate with a beer

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you only drink once in a blue moon, Friday is your day. July 31 brings the second full moon of the month, a phenomenon called a blue moon. That happens about once every three years. The timing is perfect for Golden's Blue Moon Brewing Co. They're planning to celebrate the...

  • Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Wounded, injured and ill airmen sat tall in the saddle last week as they rode through an Air Force Academy program designed to give them a key healing ingredient. "Confidence," said retired Tech. Sgt. Larry O'Neil, who has spent years battling the hidden mental wounds that followed...

  • Jim Colvin, former Colorado Springs city attorney, remembered fondly

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Former colleagues of Jim Colvin say he had a surprising trait for a lawyer - Colorado Springs' longtime city attorney didn't talk much. "He was concise, which was to my standpoint greatly appreciated," said former City Councilman Randy Purvis, an attorney who often admired Colvin's...

  • Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans. The service's top general said he needs the extra troops because ongoing trouble in Iraq,...

  • Armed civilians stand guard outside Colorado Springs recruiting station

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    A half-dozen armed civilians stood guard outside an Academy Boulevard military recruiting station Wednesday in a move that's making military brass and local officials nervous. Members of the III (3) Percent United Patriots packed pistols and semiautomatic versions of military rifles,...

  • Getting to the bottom of Army troop cuts is no easy task

    Updated: Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    The Army says it will cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, but how it will hack about half that number from the roster is hazy. This month the Pentagon unveiled a nationwide troop reduction, but only gave a detailed accounting of about half the soldiers it plans to cut. Experts compare...

  • Colorado Attorney General issues list of troops' top consumer complaints

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a list of the top consumer complaints from troops for 2014. Debt collectors led the pack of those drawing complaints from troops. Last year, the office got 418 consumer fraud complaints from the state's 50,000 active-duty and part-time...

  • Enlisted airmen get basic training repeat as Air Force Academy prep students

    Published: Sun, Jul 19, 2015

    Dozens of airmen got a repeat of basic training last week at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, which welcomed the biggest group of former airmen to its halls in years. The school accepted 56 former enlisted airmen to begin the five-year road to officership, a leap in enlisted...

  • Authorities say 'suspicious package' at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    Air Force authorities said a "suspicious package" found Thursday in a mail distribution building at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat. Officials did not say what was in the package. The mail facility is not inside Cheyenne Mountain's underground command center...

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