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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Thunderbirds happy to return to Colorado Springs sky for AFA graduation

    Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    The Air Force Thunderbirds practiced Tuesday to fly once again over Falcon Stadium for Wednesday's graduation. In normal times, that's not news. The Thunderbirds have rocketed over Colorado Springs to celebrate the Air Force Academy's graduations nearly every year since the 1960s....

  • As graduation looms, Air Force Academy sets goal for next academic year: Stability

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    As the Air Force Academy gets ready to graduate the class of 2014, leaders at the school say the next academic year will be marked by something strange. Stability. After a grueling year of budget turmoil that led to the elimination of 10 academic majors and pink slips for 3 percent...

  • Winding Down: People with military ties to region weigh in on what the fighting means

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    The price of 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan has been high in the Pikes Peak region. Through May 23, 349 Fort Carson soldiers and 34 others with ties to the region have died. Nine of those deaths have come since last Memorial Day. Troops from Colorado Springs remain at war...

  • Area military obituaries since Memorial Day 2013

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Since last Memorial Day, nine troops with ties to the Pikes Peak region have died at war. Since the 9/11 attacks, 383 troops from the region have died, including 349 Fort Carson soldiers. Below are short biographies of the nine who died in the past year. Pfc. Daniela Rojas Pfc....

  • Finding meaning of war

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Colorado Springs is a town loaded with experts on the past 13 years of war. They fought the battles. They planned them. They mourned the 383 people with ties to the Pikes Peak region who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A few of them protested. Now, plans call for the fighting in...

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

    Updated: Fri, May 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...

  • As defense budgets shrink, drive for international space cooperation grows

    Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Civilian space projects, including the International Space Station, have driven cooperation between the U.S. and its allies for more than 20 years. With defense belt-tightening squeezing military space endeavors across Europe, North America and the Pacific, the people in uniform are...

  • Space Command boss wants more smaller, cheaper space-based systems

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    The boss at Air Force Space Command says the future is smaller and cheaper. Instead of launching billion dollar satellites, Gen. William Shelton sees the Air Force leasing commercial satellites for communications. And it gets cheaper from there - Shelton envisions putting Global...

  • Academy space telescope idea closer to reality

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Experiments started at the Air Force Academy a decade ago have grown into a Ball Aerospace project that could change how scientists look at the universe. The Air Force Academy for years has been working on a plastic telescope lens called a photon sieve that parses light rays into a...

  • As government budgets squeeze, space executives eye growth

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The old saw is "it's always sunny in space." And even as budget cuts slow defense and NASA spending, Colorado's space business leaders say that forecast holds true. "I think it's a growth industry," said Mark Valerio, president and general manager of Military Space at Lockheed...

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