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.
  • McCain, Graham talk terror in Denver

    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    DENVER - Two top Senate Republicans talked terrorism Wednesday night before a packed opera house at a gathering for the Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab. Arizona's John McCain and South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, political allies and fellow hawks on the Senate Armed Services...

  • AFA cadets working on system to stop computers viruses before they infect

    Updated: Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    Air Force Academy researchers are using software similar to that used to catch classroom cheaters in a bid to foil computer hackers. The academy's anti-malware lab has built a program that scans malicious software used to steal computer data for similarities to other criminal codes,...

  • Air Force Academy chief aims to strengthen ties between school, community

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    The Air Force Academy's top general told a crowd of community leaders last week that she wants to strengthen ties between the school and the Pikes Peak region. Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson gathered local leaders of a two-hour session on the state of the Air Force Academy and used the...

  • Air support squadron plans 24-hour run at Peterson Air Force Base to honor fallen comrades

    Updated: Sun, Mar 22, 2015

    Airmen with Fort Carson's 13th Air Support Operations Squadron plan to honor the sacrifices of their fallen comrades with a little jogging. A full 24-hour's worth. The Air Force squadron deploys airmen trained as tactical air controllers alongside Army units to help identify...

  • Colorado lawmakers pledge to find funding for Aurora VA hospital despite $1.73 billion price tag

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    Colorado lawmakers Wednesday said they will work to get a troubled VA hospital in Aurora finished despite its new $1.73 billion price tag - three times the original budgeted price and $800 million above what Congress has allocated. Veterans Affairs officials drew fire with the new...

  • Fort Carson soldier injured in parachute jump

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    A Fort Carson soldier was injured Wednesday morning in a parachute jump on the post. The extent of the injuries, the soldier's identity and the unit involved were not released by the post in a statement about the incident. "A Fort Carson soldier was injured during a training...

  • Pueblo depot destroys first chemical weapon

    Updated: Thu, Mar 19, 2015

    The first step in destroying one of America's last stockpiles of chemical weapons took place Wednesday at the Pueblo Chemical Depot. Depot workers destroyed a container of mustard gas in the facility's new explosion chamber, one of two systems that will be used to destroy nearly...

  • False alarm triggered bomb scare, gate closure at Peterson Air Force Base

    Updated: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    An explosives scare closed a gate at Peterson Air Force Base for two hours Wednesday morning after guards detected chemical traces on a vehicle that triggered an alarm. The commercial van was going through routine checks at the base's east gate off Marksheffel Road about 6:40 a.m....

  • Heat wave continues Monday with record high in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Colorado Springs and much of the state saw record temperatures Monday with a high topping 78 degrees in the city, besting a record set in 2012. Also seeing record highs were Denver at 77 degrees, Pueblo, which topped out at 81, and Montrose, which reached 71, according to The...

  • Proposal wants Fort Carson's Piñon site to get more drones and troops

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    A final proposal for training at Fort Carson's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site would mean more drones and troops, but no rockets at the 235,000-acre installation east of Trinidad. The proposal to let helicopters practice with rockets in Piñon Canyon was dumped amid public outcry, but the...

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