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.
  • Muffled bang marks beginning of shell destruction at Pueblo Chemical Depot

    Updated: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    PUEBLO - The beginning of the end came with a heavily muffled bang. "It's more a whumph," said Pueblo Chemical Depot worker Jonathan Miller, who helped set off the explosive charge last week to destroy the first three shells of what will be a multiyear effort to rid Colorado of nearly...

  • Thousands expected for 31st annual Space Symposium in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The greatest show in the universe returns to Colorado Springs on Monday, and organizers say the four-day festival of space and technology will be bigger than ever. Federal budget woes have beset the Space Symposium in recent years, but industry is learning to cope with constant...

  • Boeing celebrates 100 years with plenty of new ideas

    Updated: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The words elderly and aerospace seldom go together. But that's just what aerospace giant Boeing is preparing to celebrate. Started in a Seattle boathouse and with a strong presence in Colorado, the company affectionately called "Auntie B" by some of its workers is turning 100....

  • Two Air Force Academy cadets charged with abusive sexual assault

    Updated: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Two Air Force Academy cadets will face evidence hearings next week on allegations of sexual assault of fellow cadets. On Monday, a hearing will begin for freshman cadet Phillip Hendrix IV, who is charged with abusive sexual contact. A charge sheet filed last month in the Hendrix case...

  • Jeb Bush touts voucher-like system for veterans' care during Colorado Springs visit

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    Potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush is visiting swing state Colorado on Tuesday, and he started the morning by stopping in Colorado Springs for breakfast with military veterans. Bush will later host a town hall in Denver about energy development. Bush is in...

  • No criminal investigation in death at Air Force Academy, officials say

    Updated: Wed, Apr 8, 2015

    The Air Force Academy said Tuesday that there is no criminal investigation into the death of a cadet found injured in a dorm at the school last week. Flags at the academy will fly at half-staff Wednesday in honor of senior cadet Alexandre Quiros, a 21-year-old Colorado Springs native....

  • Memorial for Air Force Academy cadet is scheduled

    Updated: Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    An Air Force Academy cadet who died last week from injuries suffered in a school dormitory will be remembered with a Wednesday service in the Cadet Chapel. Alexandre Quiros, 21, of Colorado Springs was found injured in a Sijan Hall dorm room Thursday afternoon and later died from his...

  • New VA center fails to shorten wait times for Colorado Springs area veterans

    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    A new Veterans Affairs clinic that opened in Colorado Springs was touted as a modern facility that would speed care for Pikes Peak region patients. Seven months later, more veterans in Colorado Springs are waiting more than a month for care, VA data show. According to the latest...

  • Retired colonel to release first in series of novels about life at Air Force Academy

    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    It's a favorite phrase drill instructors use when a trainee has asked one question too many. "Are you writing a book?" Air Force Academy graduate Doug Beason drew on his basic training experience and did just that. "It's a coming-of-age novel," said Beason, a retired Air Force...

  • Air Force Academy cadets get constructive for spring break

    Published: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    It's like college spring break, but beverages are replaced by hammers and blighted neighborhoods fill the role of sandy beaches. More than 60 Air Force Academy cadets chose the less sunny alternative last month and fanned out across the country to spend their spring break...

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