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.
  • It was only a test: Jets zoom in on civilian plane in Colorado Springs drill

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Fighter jets roared over northern Colorado Springs on Thursday for a North American Aerospace Defense Command training exercise, the command said. The command, which defends America and Canada from airborne threats and incoming missiles, said the exercise included jets tracking and...

  • Helicopter battalion moves from Fort Carson to Lewis McChord

    Updated: Sun, Jun 21, 2015

    A Fort Carson helicopter battalion is flying to a new home this week as the Army restructures aviation units. The 1st Battalion of the 25th Aviation Regiment, which was temporarily moved to Fort Carson six years ago, is headed for Joint Base Lewis McChord in Washington state. The...

  • Fort Carson soldier sentenced in killing of comrade in Jordan

    Updated: Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    A killer who begged for mercy Thursday in a Fort Carson courtroom was sentenced to 26 years confinement and a dishonorable discharge. The sentence for Spc. Jeffery Page was handed down Thursday afternoon by judge Col. Douglas Watkins, who had convicted Page of murder a day earlier in...

  • Fort Carson soldier convicted in comrade's murder

    Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    A Fort Carson soldier has been convicted of murder in the shooting death of a comrade last year in Jordan. Spc. Jeffery Page intentionally shot and killed Spc. Adrian Perkins in May 2014 while the two with his 2nd Brigade Combat Team soldiers were guarding an American missile site at...

  • Roadside Guard break gives pause to I-25 motorists

    Updated: Thu, Jun 18, 2015

    Northern Colorado Springs is not being invaded. That's what one driver thought when he spotted a convoy of tan military vehicles stopped on southbound Interstate 25 on Wednesday near Baptist Road. "What in the hell is going on?" the man wrote in a news tip to The Gazette, describing...

  • Becoming Patricia: A combat veteran's story of transgender life in the Army

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Staff Sgt. King works in the headquarters of Fort Carson's 4th Infantry Division. A three-tour veteran of Afghanistan combat, King is fighting a different battle now. She's becoming the person she's felt destined to be since the age of 13. "I'm the first openly transgender...

  • Intent is focus of Fort Carson soldier's court-martial

    Updated: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    No one disputes that Spc. Jeffrey Page killed his Fort Carson comrade Spc. Adrian Perkins. Instead, a court-martial that began Monday at the post will examine why Page fired the fatal round last year while the two guarded an American missile site in Jordan. "This case is about a...

  • Fort Carson colonel makes uniform adjustment during training

    Updated: Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    PIÑON CANYON - An Army uniform is normally a cloth resume, showing where soldiers have fought and how they've been trained. Experience is obvious at first glance, with jump wings, combat patches and other job-related insignia. But that's not the case for Fort Carson's 1st Brigade...

  • Fort Carson unit works on new type of warfare at Piñon Canyon

    Updated: Sun, Jun 14, 2015

    PIÑON CANYON - Sweeping movements spanned miles of territory across southeastern Colorado last week and involved hundreds of vehicles and thousands of Fort Carson soldiers from the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team. It's something that hasn't been seen for more than a decade at Fort...

  • Close-to-retiring Fort Carson soldiers get training to tackle VA claims backlog

    Updated: Sun, Jun 7, 2015

    A new Veterans Affairs program at Fort Carson aims to solve the agency's mammoth claims backlog while training troops for life after the Army. The federal agency partnered with the Army to train more than a dozen troops who will hang up their uniforms soon to become claims processing...

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