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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.

National Guard Chief Warrant Officer Glenn Ballard, left, instructs Navy pilot Lt. Ben Breitenbach as they fly a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter through the Colorado mountains north of Eagle, Colo., Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, as part of the High-Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training based at the Eagle County Airport in Gypsum, Colo. A Black Hawk crew from the Colorado Army National Guard base rescued Colorado Springs hikers Matt Smith, 17, and Tommy Hendricks, 18, Nov. 23 after they spent two night in the wilderness when they got lost in a snow storm when descending the summit of 14,005-foot Mount of the Holy Cross. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
121011-N-OA833-004 ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Oct. 11, 2012) The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. was founded in 1845 by Secretary of the Navy, George Bancroft. As the undergraduate college of the naval service, the U.S. Naval Academy strives to accomplish its mission to develop midshipmen "morally, mentally, and physically." Upon graduation, Midshipmen are commissioned as Navy ensigns and Marine Corps second lieutenants. The U.S. Navy has a 237-year heritage of defending freedom and projecting and protecting U.S. interests around the globe. Join the conversation on social media using #warfighting. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad Runge/Released)
Astronaut John Glenn is seen with his Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962 ready for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo)
Astronaut John Glenn is seen with his Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962 ready for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo)
APTOPIX Pearl Harbor At 75
In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Jim Downing, 103, poses in a Navy uniform in Honolulu, with a photo of himself taken when he was about 20 years old. Downing is among a few dozen survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who plan to gather at the Hawaii naval base Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to remember those killed 75 years ago. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
PEARL HARBOR
The annual Navy League Pearl Harbor Observance was held Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs. This was the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Japan US Pearl Harbor
FILE- In this June 3, 2015 file photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the USNS Mercy hospital ship struck the memorial's dock in May as it was leaving Pearl Harbor. (Laurie Dexter/The U.S. Navy via AP, File)
In the Colorado Springs High School yearbook photo, a young Daniel Griffin smiles. He graduated in 1928 and enlisted in the Navy in 1930. (PPLD collection)
Christina Lundy receives her Cadet 4th Class rank after a parade in celebration of the formal ending of basic training at the Air Force Academy Stillman Parade Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
The USS Colorado undergoes pressure tests earlier this year at the Electric Boat shipyard in Connecticut. The submarine will be christened in a Saturday ceremony. (General Dynamics Photo)
Steve Bird, U.S. Army Chemical Material Activities, demonstrates Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, how the more than 780,000 chemical weapons will be deconstructed beginning as early as this fall at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. The explosive destruction system shown is an earlier version first used at the Rocky Mountain Arsonel. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)