Author:

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.

David Carey's Last Flight
Janelle Carey, Master Sgt. Dan Landers and Bryce Carey spray Chief Master Sgt. David Carey with fire extinguishers and a bottle of rootbeer, Carey's favorite beverage, following the flight crewman's last flight of his 38 year Air Force career at Peterson Air Force Base on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Carey said the highlight of his career was flying missions to quell the Hayman fire in 2002, Waldo Canyon in 2012 and Black Forest in 2013 because they were for his community.
The main entrance to Fort Carson Sunday, January 17, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
A parade in celebration of the formal ending of basic training at the Air Force Academy Stillman Parade Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The freshman are officially welcomed into the Cadet Wing and receive the Cadet 4th Class rank. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Gary Lester cleans the windows outside the new El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office before the open house and ceremony Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at the new Mountain Post Soldier Center on Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Master Sgt. Kevin Kolln, a MAFFS qualified load master, explains some of the controls inside the MAFFS at Peterson Air Force Base on Friday, April 29, 2016. Air Force Reservists with the 302nd Airlift Wing have begun preparations to ensure they are trained and equipped to answer the US Forest Service's call for C-130 Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) support. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.
Riders at the front of the 4000 start down the last hill riding into Cripple Creek during the 27th POW-MIA recognition ride, Colorado's largest procession of motorcycles. (photographer unknown)