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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.

Command Sgt. Maj. Ly Lac talks with Command Sgt. Maj. Donna Brock (MEDCOM Command Sgt. Maj. & Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Surgeon General) and Col. John Thomson (Deputy Commander 4th Infantry Division), during the opening of the Evans Army Community Hospital 4th floor Family Care Ward, May 9, 2013. (army photo)
Gen. Jay Raymond, Air Force Space Command October 25, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Tom Philpott - Military Update (Sig 2008)
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World War II fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, 93, shows cadets pictures on his iPhone of him during World War II after he spoke to a class of cadets at the Air Force Academy, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. Yellin flew one of the last mission over Japan as the war was ending. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Master Sgt. Israel Del Toro listens to cadet instructor Jordan Wesemann while taking the jumping course Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017, at the parachute training center on Air Force Academy. Del Toro was severely burned in a roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan in December 2005. He reenlisted in 2010 after being 100 percent medically discharged and Saturday he jump for the first time since his injury. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Westpac Restorations Bill Klaers walks past a 1952 Douglas A-1E Skyraider in one of the hangers at the National Museum of World War II Aviation at the Colorado Springs Airport Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017. A new museum could become part of the City For Champions project in downtown Colorado Springs.
Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as President Donald Trump makes the announcement at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Protesters met on the steps of City Hall in honor of World Day of Social Justice. City Councilman Bill Murray (right, center) spoke at the rally on Monday, February 20, 2017. photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette
Colorado Springs police officers Jason Newton and Troy Puga provided kids at Thorndale Park in Old Colorado City with a new basketball. Photo by Colorado Springs police via Instagram.