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.

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Annual veterans rally will bring tens of thousands to Cripple Creek


Next weekend, Cripple Creek will be a boom town again, with the booming sound to go with influx of people that will temporarily push its population to levels not seen since 1900.

The sound comes with the...

Fort Carson general's next stop will be command of British troops

By: TOM ROEDER -tom roeder

The newest general in the British army is an American from Fort Carson.

The post's Brig. Gen. Mike Tarsa left last week for Bulford Camp, England, where he will be the deputy commander of the 3rd United...

End of basic training marks beginning of next phase for Air Force Academy freshmen


For 1,168 freshmen cadets, last week brought the end of one big Air Force Academy challenge and the beginning of another longer one.

The freshmen wrapped up their six weeks of basic training by marching in...

Colorado airmen called on to fight California wildfires


Crews and planes from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs flew Monday to fight growing wildfires that had blacked 124,000 acres in California.

Three C-130 transport planes and 28 airmen roared from...

General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots


A graduation speaker at the Air Force Academy had an odd message for three cadets who joined the ranks of the class of 2015 after wrapping up summer work last week.

"You're idiots," retired Brig. Gen. Robert...

Tougher basic training trims Air Force Academy's freshman class


The Air Force Academy's class of 2019 will finish basic training about 6 percent smaller than it was when the basics arrived at the school in June.

The class, which began with 1,248 would-be cadets on June...

Colorado Springs police: Man shoots self in leg while cleaning gun

By: Tom Roeder

A man shot himself in the leg while trying to clean his weapon Saturday night, Colorado Springs police said.

Police say the shooting happened before 7 p.m. at the Peak Apartments in the 4400 block of East...

Flag-guarding friendships could spur exercise effort


Travis Weston guarded a barbecue in Memorial Park Saturday night, flipping burgers and hot dogs for the companions he met during a weeklong armed vigil outside Colorado Springs City Hall.

Weston, a Denver...