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.
  • Latest theft case illustrates problem of missing equipment at Fort Carson

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Prosecutors strained to haul hundreds of pounds of allegedly stolen Army gear into a Colorado Springs courtroom Monday afternoon. The cache included machine gun parts, including .50-caliber barrels, and the latest generation of Army night vision equipment, and for the second time in...

  • Increased space defense a key talking point at Space Symposium


    Record crowds, a galaxy of vendors and talk of new programs put a spring in the step of defense contractors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. After tough years of federal belt tightening and a postwar military drawdown that cut more than $1 billion in annual Pentagon space...

  • Boisterous Air Force Academy cadets fall silent as woman talks about rape

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    Air Force Academy cadets packed Clune Arena on Thursday in an effort to curb sexual assault in their ranks. The "Take Back the Night" event featured the service's top civilian leader, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, and one of the nation's premiere speakers on sexual violence,...

  • Sharing spy satellite data with civilian users would be 'game changer,' space experts say

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    A treasure trove of Air Force satellite data that can be used to spot wildfires, monitor climate conditions and do hundreds of other tasks could emerge from a curtain of government secrecy. Air Force Space Command leaders are working on plans to share data from Space-Based Infrared...

  • Space Symposium's the place to load up on pens, hats and other swag

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    When is a plastic wind-up toy robot worth more than $1 billion? For scores of exhibitors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs this week, the answer is: when the right customer grabs that piece of swag from your booth. More than 11,000 people gathering at The Broadmoor for the...

  • Hyten announces Air Force training shift at Space Symposium

    Updated: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Airmen at Peterson, Schriever and Buckley Air Force bases will see a major shift in their work schedules as Air Force Space Command works to beef up training and experience for crews flying satellites. Space Command boss Gen. John Hyten on Tuesday announced the shift, which will move...

  • Funeral scheduled Tuesday for AFA graduate shot down during Vietnam War

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    The remains of a 1967 Air Force Academy graduate who disappeared during the Vietnam War will be buried at the school's cemetery Tuesday. Capt. Richard D. Chorlins, whose A-1 Skyraider was shot down Jan. 11, 1970, near the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos, was brought back to the academy...

  • Witness refuses to testify in alleged sex assault case at Air Force Academy

    Updated: Tue, Apr 14, 2015

    It didn't take long to air the evidence against an Air Force Academy freshman accused of sexual assault. Defense attorneys for cadet Phillip Hendrix IV say the two-hour hearing Monday - brief by military standards - shows there is not enough evidence to merit his court-martial. "The...

  • Hubble Telescope celebrates 25 years of spacegazing

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    It has been a quarter century since a satellite with Colorado roots opened the eyes of mankind to the future of space and the origins of the universe. In the space community, leaders say no prior piece of hardware has accomplished more than the once nearsighted and sometimes wobbly...

  • Innovation makes Colorado attractive to aerospace industry, state official says

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Colorado's burgeoning aerospace economy will continue to boom, the state's top cheerleader for the industry predicts. Jay Lindell, a retired Air Force general who works for the state's Office of Economic Development and International Trade, said even as government budgets are...

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