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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.

GOODWIN COMMANDANT OF CADETS
Brig. Gen. Kristin Goodwin assumed command of the AFA cadet wing during a ceremony at the Air Force Academy Monday, May 15, 2017. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Cadets and classmates sent an Air Force Academy message to astronaut Kjell Lindgren as he orbited above the school in 2015. The 95 is Lingren's class year and the letters signify the class motto "keep the pride." (NASA PHOTO)
Fort Carson is now home to the 2nd Space Battalion, the Army's newest battalion. The battalion was made official Monday, October 16, 2017, with a ceremony at Ft. Carson. Incoming commander Lt. Col. Erikk Hurtt speaks at the ceremony. Photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette
After scandals, Air Force Academy made big PR investment (Gazette file photo)
Various tools lay around on the table at WestPac Restorations Inc. as a Douglas SBD-4 Dauntless, was brought into the facilities on Thursday October 12, 2017 in Colorado Springs. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1942. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette).
Too fat to fight: Colorado nonprofit says military threatened by childhood obesity (Photo by Mike Morones/Staff)
Art Cyphers, a VP with the Navy League Colorado Springs Council, right, and Welling Clark, with the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee, take pictures of the crest for USS Colorado submarine during a 242-year-old birthday party for the U.S. Navy Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The crest was designed by Lt. Michael Nielson, who grew up in Colorado.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Art Cyphers, a VP with the Navy League Colorado Springs Council, right, and Welling Clark, with the USS Colorado Commissioning Committee, take pictures of the crest for USS Colorado submarine during a 242-year-old birthday party for the U.S. Navy Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. The crest was designed by Lt. Michael Nielson, who grew up in Colorado. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson took over the reigns of the Air Force Academy during a Change of Command Ceremony on Monday, August 12, 2013. The outgoing Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould is retiring after 37 years in the Air Force. Johnson is the first female to be Superintendent at the Air Force Academy. Lt. Gen. Johnson is addressing the media after the ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
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)