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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 VA Outpatient Clinic at 3141 Centennial Blvd. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Kash Alvaro pauses when talking about his latest problems Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at his Trinidad home. Alvaro's wife left with his children earlier in the month.   (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Kash Alvaro pauses when talking about his latest problems Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at his Trinidad home. Alvaro's wife left with his children earlier in the month. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A series of flyovers Saturday will precede the 1 p.m. football game between the Falcons and the Golden Knights of the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.(The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Incoming Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Randy A. George, left, and Outgoing Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, cheer Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017, during the 4th Infantry Division change of leadership ceremony at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Air Force Academy Racial Slurs
FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2017 file photo, academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria speaks about race relations to U.S. Air Force cadets during lunch at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Air Force Academy said Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, that racial slurs posted outside the dorm rooms of five black students were written by one of those students. The announcement was a jarring turn in an episode that prompted Silveria to make the widely viewed speech warning that racists were not welcome at the school. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP, File)
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Feliciano Yapit, poses with a box he created with his father's medals and memorabilia. His father, 1st Lt. Felix Yapit will be getting one more medal soon, a Congressional Gold Medal. Last week, a Congressional Gold Medal recognizing the contributions of Filipino Scouts, including the elder Yapit, was unveiled in Washington, D.C. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
Col David Hodne, right, stands with Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves Friday, June 9, 2017, during a welcome ceremony for incoming 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commander Hodne at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Col David Hodne, right, stands with Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves Friday, June 9, 2017, during a welcome ceremony for incoming 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commander Hodne at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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)