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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.

The Air Force saber team stands with one of the original Tuskegee airmen Franklin J. Macon as they help to pay tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen held at Arnold Hall on Wednesday May 2, 2018. The Air Force Academy paid its annual tribute for the 78th year to the Tuskegee Airmen with a wreath laying ceremony and recognized a major historical milestone for diversity in the Air Force, honoring the first African-American aviators who began serving during World War II. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.)
FATAL CRASH
FILE - A fatal accident closed Highway 94 east of Space Village Avenue for several hours after a car drifted into oncoming traffic and crashed into a semi truck head-on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. (Gazette file photo)
Colorado Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner met with top U.S. leaders in Kabul and spent time with Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team. (Courtesy photo)
Rear Adm. Dietrich Kuhlmann
Matt McCraw
Monday, 5th March, 2007 photo by Kirk Speer. Air Force Academy cadet squadrons march to chow "lunch" after their morning schedules.
041415 Space Symposium
Fran Kelly, an engineer with Analytical Graphics Inc. sets up a display in a blackened tent at the 31st Space Symposium, held at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., Monday April 13, 2015. AGI writes software for designing, developing and operating missions within the space and national defense communities. Exhibits are displayed in the Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center in Broadmoor Hall and the adjacent Ball Aerospace Exhibit Center Pavilion. The symposium runs through Thursday. CAROL LAWRENCE/THE GAZETTE
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Schriever Air Force Base on Tuesday. Photo by Molly Van Wagner
The mobile service tower is rolled back from a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket at Space Launch Complex-3 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., in preparation to launch the National Reconnaissance Office's NROL-39 mission. The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command had four nanosatellites among the payload. (Photo Credit: United Launch Alliance via Army)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Commander of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha Gen. John Hyten waits for Vice President Michael Pence to give opening remarks in the International Center at the 34th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel on Monday, April 16, 2018.

(Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)
Commander of U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha Gen. John Hyten waits for Vice President Michael Pence to give opening remarks in the International Center at the 34th Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel on Monday, April 16, 2018. (Nadav Soroker, The Gazette)