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.

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Amputee Iraq veteran hands triathlon challenge to Fort Carson troops


Iraq amputee Melissa Stockwell told a group of wounded, injured and ill Fort Carson soldiers that triathlon training saved her life after a bomb took her leg.

"It healed me from the inside out," Stockwell...

Large crowd gathers in Security to support family of missing Marine


Scores of people gathered at the American Legion post in Security Wednesday night to support the family of a missing Marine feared dead after a helicopter crash last week off Hawaii.

Sgt. Jeffrey Sempler was...

Air Force Academy: Another delay in opening of school's Polaris Hall

By: tom roeder

Already a year behind schedule, the Air Force Academy's Polaris Hall won't open until at least mid-March after a broken pipe soaked floors and fixtures inside the structure that will house the school's Center for...

Colorado Springs group trying to get ahead of looming military base closures


The next round of base closures is at least two years away, but local military boosters are ramping up efforts to protect local installations and move more troops to town.

The push has its origins in the...

Air Force Academy's parachuting team continues dominant ways, sets national record

By: tom roeder

The Air Force Academy's parachuting team may be too successful - after 13 straight national collegiate championships, the body that issued the honor stopped giving it out.

The academy had to settle for 26...

Colorado Springs summit has children, teachers dancing to same music about race

By: Tom Roeder

More than 1,000 students and teachers gathered Saturday at Colorado College to address racial disparity in the classroom.

And in a dance studio, organizers of the ninth annual Educating Children of Color...

Two robbers on loose after hold-up at Colorado Springs liquor store


Two robbers were on the loose in Colorado Springs Saturday after the midnight hold-up of a liquor store on the 2800 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue.

It was the fourth liquor store robbery in three weeks in...

Snow snarls Pikes Peak region roads ahead of heat wave


Overnight flurries made for slick roads across the Pikes Peak region Saturday morning.

About an inch of snow covered much of Colorado Springs as a fast-moving storm passed through. By 8 a.m., unplowed...