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.
  • General looks back fondly on his time at Fort Carson

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera can't process how much he learned at the helm of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "I haven't had enough time to let that sink in," he said Thursday, an hour before handing command to Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves. "It will be a lot." LaCamera led the...

  • NORAD celebrates 57th birthday with eye on an old rival

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    At 57, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is facing old Cold War problems and a new pantheon of rising terrorist threats. The binational command celebrated its birthday last week with cake, punch and a pep talk from its commander, Adm. Bill Gortney. The command, which...

  • Fort Carson commander feels right at home with new job

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    For Fort Carson's new commander, taking the reins Thursday meant more than a new job. Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves was born at Fort Carson, raised in Colorado and comes with a resume full of assignments in the Pikes Peak region. "It's great to be back home," he said at a ceremony that...

  • Fort Carson loses track of drone, Colorado Springs resident gets a surprise

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Ronald Fisk had never seen a drone aside from pictures of the aircraft on the Internet. That changed when one crashed near his backyard on Tuesday. As Fisk was fixing a water heater in his mother-in-law's front yard connected to his house near downtown Colorado Springs, Fisk turned...

  • Top Pikes Peak region troops celebrated at The Broadmoor

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    The top troops in the Pikes Peak region were lauded Wednesday during a luncheon at The Broadmoor. The Armed Forces Week event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance drew more than 1,000 people to honor the 40,000 troops in the Pikes Peak region. "My greatest...

  • Air Force Academy security measures make popular trail off limits

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    The Air Force Academy said Monday that a security hike last week that closed the base to visitors also bars civilian hikers and bikers from a stretch of the Santa Fe Trail that runs through the 18,500-acre campus. Bases around the nation stiffened security Friday on orders from U.S....

  • Northern Command boss on increased military base security: The nature of the threat has changed

    Updated: Wed, May 13, 2015

    Tighter security at military bases nationwide is the "new normal," thanks to homegrown terrorists' threats, Adm. Bill Gortney said Tuesday. Gortney, boss of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, ordered a security increase last week that remained in place Tuesday. The tighter...

  • PIKES PUB: Interactive map comes with challenge for beer lovers

    Updated: Tue, May 12, 2015

    American Craft Beer Week has issued a challenge of sorts with an interactive map on its website to celebrate the week dedicated to barley, hops and malt.. The map is a suds-filled representation of the U.S., with beer facts from Bangor to San Diego just a click away. For Colorado,...

  • Pikes Pub: Pints and Plates helps kick off American Craft Beer Week in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Pints and Plates kicks off downtown Tuesday bringing an explosion of beer and food pairings for local gourmets and gourmands. An early favorite is available at MacKenzie's Chop House on Tejon:  "smoked porter paired with a dry-aged ribeye with caramelized shallot and wild...

  • Enlisted troops nominated for honors from Colorado Springs business group

    Updated: Sun, May 10, 2015

    The top troops in the Pikes Peak region will be lauded at a Wednesday luncheon sponsored by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance in honor of Armed Forces Week. - The luncheon will feature a speech from Gen. John Hyten, the boss of Air Force Space Command, but all eyes will...

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