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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.

Col. William Thigpen speaks at a ceremony welcoming him to Fort Carson this month. The new deputy post commander, Thigpen is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan known for his keen intellect (Army Photo)
Seeds Cafe
Business goes on, despite a shakeup at Seeds Community Cafe. A customer waits for his meal at Seeds Community Cafe on Thursday, June 15, 2017. . (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson took over the reigns of the Air Force Academy during a Change of Command Ceremony on Monday, August 12, 2013. The outgoing Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould is retiring after 37 years in the Air Force. Johnson is the first female to be Superintendent at the Air Force Academy. Lt. Gen. Johnson is addressing the media after the ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped 302nd Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules taxis on the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., flightline, July 29, 2017. The Reserve wing is responding to a request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center for one MAFFS-equipped C-130 from the 302nd AW to support fire suppression efforts in the Western U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Steven Collier)
A cardboard cutout shows Sgt. Keith N. Lacey, who earned a Silver Star Medal for his service in World War I, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Fort Carson. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
AFA FIRE FIGHTER CHALLENGE
Air Force Academy firefighter Lance Gore is encouraged by teamates Roy Dalton, left, and Danny Arens as he hauls a 175 pound dummy 100 feet Tuesday, August 8, 2006 while practicing for an upcoming firefighter competition. Gore's specialty on the AFA fire department's relay team is the "dummy drag." Mark Reis photo
Residents fill up jugs with drinkable water at a water station on Powers and Fontaine blvds on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Col. Michael J. Simmering, new commander of 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, passes the brigade colors to Command Sgt. Maj. Samuel C. Rapp, signifying his acceptance of command of the "Iron Brigade," during a change of command ceremony in Cincu, Romania, July 15, 2017. Simmering assumed command of the brigade from Col. Christopher R. Norrie, whose 20 months in command was devoted to leading the U.S. Army armored brigade that would kick off a continuous rotation of ABCTs to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ange Desinor, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division)
GOODWIN COMMANDANT OF CADETS
The Air Force Academy is working with the Pentagon to rebuild the school's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office after two-thirds of its staff were suspended amid an investigation last month. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army's first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army's first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)