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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Free concert Tuesday kicks off Air Force Academy anniversary rites

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    A concert at the Air Force Academy on Tuesday will mark the 60th anniversary of the school in the first of three events to celebrate its founding. The academy calls April 1 its birthday because that's the day in 1954 that President Dwight Eisenhower signed legislation authorizing the...

  • On 60th anniversary, Air Force Academy's traditions still core to cadet experience

    Updated: Tue, Apr 1, 2014

    Sixty years into its existence, the Air Force Academy is changing again. This time, the biggest change is money. Planned Pentagon budget cuts of $900 billion in the next decade will take their toll, with 99 job cuts and the elimination of 10 academic majors. But other moves are...

  • Ranchers remain wary of Army's Piñon Canyon plans

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    KIM he dust flies through the drought-stricken grasslands of southeast Colorado. As the wind rips across the barren plains, ranchers eat breakfast at the Kim Outpost store and talk about the tough winter that brought too much cold and snow. After a four-month break from the...

  • Photos: Fort Carson soldiers return from Afghanistan

    Updated: Mon, Mar 31, 2014

    Fort Carson welcomed 44 soldiers with the 663rd Ordnance Company home from Afghanistan in a Monday morning ceremony. The soldiers spent nine months overseas training Afghan bomb-disposal troops and dealing with 400 missions to defuse bombs and unexploded artillery and mortar rounds....

  • Army seeks airspace for drones at Piñon Canyon in southern Colorado

    Updated: Tue, Mar 25, 2014

    The Army wants train with drones and other new equipment at the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site east of Trinidad and has put in formal notice to seek a new Environmental Impact Statement for the 235,000-acre training area. The filing Tuesday in the Federal Register says the Army will...

  • Rifle salutes legalized at Colorado military funerals; Memorial Day gunfire still forbidden

    Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Honoring fallen veterans with three volleys of rifle fire is now legal, officially. The Colorado General Assembly passed a law clarifying the legality of the honor, reacting to the possibility that the gunfire could be seen as a breach of the peace and get the team rendering the...

  • Small surgery team from Fort Carson filled in as big hospitals were leaving Afghanistan

    Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    While on a nine-month tour in Afghanistan, a small group of Fort Carson soldiers revolutionized how the Army treats wounded troops. The 29-member 2nd Forward Surgical Team was tied to special forces troops and had to come up with a way to treat casualties as American hospitals and...

  • Troops, spouses fill job fair amid looming cutbacks

    Published: Sun, Mar 23, 2014

    Military spouses who follow troops on the Defense Department's Bedouin path through bases around the globe have traditionally had difficulty securing work. And with military job security plunging along with Pentagon spending, the pressure to get jobs has never been higher. "It was a...

  • Three horses, driver pulled from 18-wheeler crash

    Published: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Colorado Springs police, firefighters and Humane Society workers were called for a 18-wheeler rollover on Interstate 25 Saturday night. The wreck happened when the semi-trailer rolled from the southbound lanes near the Fontanero Street exit just after 8 p.m. Three horses and the...

  • Firefighters douse attic blaze in central Colorado Springs

    Updated: Sat, Mar 22, 2014

    Firefighters doused a blaze Saturday afternoon in the attic of a house 624 Alexander Road, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said. The fire was reported just after 2:30 p.m., but crews had a hard time locating the flames. Firefighters eventually cut through a ceiling and found the...

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