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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • 5 things to know about military salutes

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    President Barack Obama stirred controversy this week by returning the salute of his Marine guard while holding a coffee cup in his right hand. It was far from the first saluting faux pas of Obama's tenure, and past presidents have failed salute etiquette, too. For one and all who may...

  • Ready for fall? 5 things to get you into the new season

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The first day of fall is upon us Tuesday, so here are five things to get your leaves changing. 1: Pick some apples: Head to Jenkins Farm's Apple Valley Orchard in Penrose to haul in a basket. They're open Friday through Sunday and serve up top-notch cider too. Check it out:...

  • Fort Carson soldiers train for any fight, anywhere

    Updated: Wed, Sep 24, 2014

    The insurgents struck right as the company of soldiers was about to hook a net loaded with cargo onto the belly of a hovering helicopter. The ensuing gunfire could barely be heard over the hammering of the helicopter's blades. The nearly 4,500 soldiers of 3rd Brigade Combat Team took...

  • Fort Carson commander Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera talks Afghanistan, changing face of war

    Updated: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Uncertainty is the norm for Fort Carson soldiers, their boss, Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera told The Gazette. The general, fresh home from Afghanistan, said dealing with uncertainty will mean lots of rigorous training to prepare for a world that could be as difficult as anything soldiers...

  • Colorado Springs charity supports children who have lost parents to war

    Updated: Tue, Sep 16, 2014

    A Colorado Springs charity that supports the children of fallen troops is hoping for a big turnout at its Saturday fundraiser run at Fox Run Regional Park. Angels of America's Fallen tries to help kids who have lost a parent at war rebuild their lives through sports and activities....

  • New Fort Carson bomb boss: Gender doesn't matter

    Updated: Sun, Sep 14, 2014

    Col. Heidi Hoyle is the first woman to command Fort Carson's 71st Ordnance Group, but she says gender is the least important thing when it comes to explosive ordnance disposal. Even as the war winds down in Afghanistan, the 1,300-soldier 71st - one of two Army bomb-disposal groups -...

  • Colorado National Guard talks ISIS with contingent from Jordan

    Updated: Sat, Sep 13, 2014

    DENVER - Surrounded by chaos, the kingdom of Jordan is relying on deep ties with the U.S. and Colorado to counter the threat of the terror group ISIS. "It's in time of difficulty when you find out who your friends are," Jordan's Prince Feisal, brother of King Abdullah and a three-star...

  • Petraeus tells Denver crowd that new Obama strategy likely will work against ISIS

    Updated: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    DENVER - The man who penned most of America's strategy to counter al-Qaida and stop the insurgency in Iraq told a packed theater here that a new strategy to roll back the terror group ISIS will likely work quickly in Iraq. "In Iraq, all the ingredients are there," retired Army Gen....

  • ISIS concerns loom as Colorado Springs troops commemorate 9/11 attacks

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks brought a warning from U.S. Northern Command's top general: America faces as much peril today as it did in 2001. Growing threats from the ISIS terror group and mounting concern over instability in Ukraine made 9/11 a day for caution, said Gen....

  • Fort Carson corporal named top soldier, more competition awaits former 'nerd'

    Updated: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    A Fort Carson corporal has been named the best soldier in Army Forces Command and will compete in October for the title of best soldier in the Army. It was the fifth test of soldier skills for Cpl. Zach Bandli, who has also won three contests at Carson and another facing the top...