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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Army doctors examine bad habits developed during war time

    Updated: Sun, Mar 16, 2014

    Leaders at Fort Carson's Evans Army Community Hospital hope soldiers will take a smoke break as the war in Afghanistan winds down. Not a break to light up - commanders want soldiers to take a break from the bad habits that have festered in the ranks during 13 years of continuous...

  • For Air Force Academy freshman, 'Recognition' is a rite of passage

    Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    Pushups, screams. Run here. Answer that. More screams. Pushups. "I've done so many pushups, I've lost track," said freshman cadet Shujie Yan. Welcome to "recognition" at the Air Force Academy, a three-day rite of passage for freshmen. Once they've endured it, they'll have...

  • AFA whiteboard flap prompts Congressional questions, cadet humor

    Updated: Fri, Mar 14, 2014

    The Air Force's top two leaders spent nearly as much time answering questions about religious issues at the Air Force Academy as they did about proposed cuts during a Friday hearing of the House Armed Services Committee. At issue is a dry-erase board outside an academy dorm. On...

  • Northern Command boss worried by cut to aerial firefighting wing

    Updated: Thu, Mar 13, 2014

    U.S. Northern Command boss Gen. Chuck Jacoby said he's concerned that proposed cuts at Peterson Air Force Base could hurt aerial firefighting efforts. Quizzed by Colorado's Democratic Sen. Mark Udall at a Thursday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Jacoby said he's worried that...

  • Air Force puts Colorado Springs squadron, 200 airmen on chopping block

    Updated: Wed, Mar 12, 2014

    Peterson Air Force Base would lose a squadron of active-duty airmen and four C-130 transport planes under the service's 2015 budget plan. The move would cut Peterson's roster by 200 airmen and remove a third of the planes now assigned to the 302nd Airlift Wing, wing spokesman Ann...

  • Air Force looks down the hall for next Space Command boss

    Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    Air Force leaders didn't have to look far to find the new commander of Air Force Space Command. He was right down the hall from the old boss. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Tuesday that Lt. Gen. John Hyten will pin on a fourth star and move from vice-commander of the...

  • Fort Carson: Colonel cleared, headed to Afghanistan war

    Updated: Tue, Mar 11, 2014

    A Fort Carson commander has been cleared of wrongdoing and is headed to Afghanistan to lead the 4th Brigade Combat Team in Kandahar. Col. Brian Pearl was suspended from his duties during an investigation that post officials would not provide details on. Sources within the unit said...

  • NORAD training exercise over eastern Colorado Springs draws attention

    Updated: Mon, Mar 10, 2014

    Some residents of eastern Colorado Springs saw an impromptu air show Monday morning as a pair of fighter jets escorted an airliner into Peterson Air Force Base during a training exercise. The sight had some worrying that the transport had been hijacked or suffered some other...

  • Space unit at Fort Carson Afghanistan-bound on a vital mission

    Published: Sun, Mar 9, 2014

    One of the last American Army forces to head to war in Afghanistan is from Colorado Springs. No. It isn't from Fort Carson. It's a half dozen space experts who work in an obscure office building by the airport for the 1st Space Brigade, an Army unit that gets as much attention as it...

  • Fort Carson selfie leads to secret punishment

    Updated: Fri, Mar 7, 2014

    The punishment of a Fort Carson soldier who caused Internet outrage with a 'selfie' of her avoiding saluting the flag will be kept secret, officials on the post said Friday. That means Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey, of Fort Carson's 43rd Sustainment Group, won't be court-martialed for placing...

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