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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.

Lt. Col. Luke Thompson, shown at the controls of a C-130 transport plane, retired Saturday after 32 years in the Air Force. At the end he was one of the region's most experienced military aviators with more than 9,600 hours in the cockpit. (AIR FORCE PHOTO)
Trump The Generals
FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2015 file photo, David Petraeus testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
GOP CONGRESSIONAL DEBATE
Incumbent Doug Lamborn speaks during the GOP congressional debate at Centennial Hall Monday, June 16, 2014. Approximately 300 people filled the auditorium's seats. Photo by Julia Moss, The Gazette
Vice President Mike Pence visited Schriver Air Force Base last month ahead of a war game that tested America's abilioty to defend its satellites. The White House, Congress and the Pentagon have increased theor focus on military satellites amid rising threats to American dominance in orbit (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
AFA CHAPEL
The Air Force Academy chapel Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (Mark Reis, The Gazette)
Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria
A U.S. Army helicopter transports material to repair the Guajataca Dam, damaged during Hurricane Maria, in Quebradillas, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. The dam was built around 1928, and holds back a man-made lake. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Piping from an Air Force-supplied water filter on the aquifer that provides water to Fountain near Aga Park. The filters were installed in response to the discovery of perfluorinated compounds in the water. Photographed on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
A puddle of water sits in a retaining pond below firefighting training area Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo. Wastewater tainted with toxic chemicals used in firefighting foam originally thought to have been discharged by the Air Force into Colorado Springs' wastewater treatment system likely evaporated into the air in hot weather, officials said Wednesday following an investigation. (Christian Murdock/The Gazette)
NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren corrals the supply of fresh fruit that arrived August 25, 2015 on the Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5.) Visiting cargo ships often carry a small cache of fresh food for crew members aboard the International Space Station. ( NASA PHOTO)