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.
  • Air Force Academy cadet accused of rape faces new charges

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    An Air Force Academy cadet charged in Boulder with the rape and kidnapping of a classmate now faces additional charges for alleged violation of a court order to not contact the victim in the case. The Boulder County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday said cadet Daniel Ryerson...

  • Schriever Air Force Base celebrates GPS milestone

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    The rocket scientists, physicists, airmen and officers at Schriever Air Force Base had plenty to celebrate Wednesday. They had a successful launch of a Global Positioning System satellite, which rocketed to orbit at 9:36 a.m. and deployed its solar arrays by 3 p.m. under control of...

  • Fort Carson soldier 'elated' Pentagon is exploring transgender acceptance

    Updated: Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    A transgender Fort Carson soldier said Tuesday she's "elated" that the Pentagon is moving toward acceptance of transgender troops. Staff Sgt. Patricia King said the Pentagon study announced Monday is similar to steps that led to the acceptance of gay troops, and will likely opening...

  • Outlaw motorcycle groups' efforts to recruit military troops is worrisome, officials say

    Updated: Mon, Jul 6, 2015

    The Infidels Motorcycle Club, a group made up of troops, veterans and military contractors in Colorado Springs, drew attention recently with its pig roast to protest the holiest of Muslim holidays. While some people decried the club's gathering as tantamount to a KKK cross-burning,...

  • Group increasing efforts to show support for military in Colorado

    Updated: Sun, Jul 5, 2015

    A statewide military booster group is ramping up efforts to show appreciation for troops in a bid to stave off Pentagon cuts. Colorado Wants You chairman Joe Blake said the group has attained nonprofit status and is working to show local government and federal officials the value of...

  • Downtown Bike Fest celebration rocks on despite storm

    Updated: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    Afternoon rain squalls didn't dampen the enthusiasm of thousands of bikers who roared into downtown Colorado Springs on Sunday for the Tejon Street Bike Fest. The storm prompted flash-flood warnings and a brief hail spattering in western Colorado Springs and brought a dusting of snow...

  • Lightning zaps power at El Paso County jail

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A severe thunderstorm warning Sunday for Pikes Peak has been canceled, but forecasters with the National Weather Service say rain and possible snow over the high country could bring havoc to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Weather delayed racing on the peak Sunday afternoon...

  • Police: Manitou Springs cruiser struck jaywalker

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A jaywalker on Colorado Avenue was hit and injured by a Manitou Springs police car Saturday, Colorado Springs police say. Police say a 28-year-old man was crossing Colorado Avenue at Ridge Road at about 8:30 p.m. amid heavy traffic when he was struck by the officer's cruiser. The man...

  • Police: Colorado Springs man stabbed two, cut himself

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    A stabbing at a Colorado Springs apartment Sunday left three people with knife wounds and one man jailed, police said. Officers were called to the on the 2900 block of Sage Street in western Colorado Springs just after 4:30 a.m., where they found three people bleeding from stab...

  • Air Force Academy engineering students get hands-on experience building Navajo hogans

    Updated: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    Swinging hammers and twisting screwdrivers taught Air Force Academy cadets high-level engineering lessons this month as they built two homes for a Navajo charity. The cadets built a pair of one-bedroom hogans, octagonal houses that will be given to needy Navajo Nation residents....

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