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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.

Sammy Tawakkol. File photo.
Aerojet Rocketdyne test area
Sammy Tawakkol. File photo.
Legalized Pot Colorado
File - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Sen. Gardner said Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, that he's placing a hold on Department of Justice nominees and will try to push legislation to protect marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew a federal policy that allowed recreational markets to emerge. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
On Dec. 9, Sgt. Rianna Rios, 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, won the USA National Boxing Championship in the Elite Female in the 125-pound lightweight division. Sgt. Rios has been boxing since the age of 10. Although boxing is her passion, Rios is also qualified with an M-4 rifle and considers herself a soldier first. Rios works out with a punching bag at Ft. Carson on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Army Sgt. Mihail Golin uses a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile to help in securing the Afghanistan and Pakistan border crossing, Dec. 4, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Otero)
Cadets showed off their ideas at the Center for Technology, Research and Commercialization in Colorado Springs. Plans include using artificial intelligence to help plan air strikes and creating an application for smart devices that will help the service track equipment. (COURTESY PHOTO)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
A crew from Velocity Constructors, Inc., in Denver work on a new ion-exchange filter system Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Members of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team wait outside the aid station at Camp Red Devil in Fort Carson, Colo. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. The 2nd Brigade had been out in the field for a week.(The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
Members of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team wait outside the aid station at Camp Red Devil in Fort Carson, Colo. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)