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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.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 8: A water tower overlooks the community of Security in the foreground of Pike's Peak on June 8, 2016. A invisible toxic chemical has been discovered in the drinking water that affects 70,000 people in the communities south of Colorado Springs. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)
Vehicle commander Spc. Paul Joseph watches as soldiers and airmen secure his Stryker vehicle inside a Boeing C-17 transport plane Friday, Sept. 17, 2016, during a joint exercise with Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team and Air Force's 621st Contingency Response Wing from New Jersey at the Fort Carson terminal next to the Colorado Springs Airport. Two of the armored vehicles were transported from the Colorado Springs army base to the airport, loaded and flown as part of the exercise. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Former President George W. Bush takes a picture with a soldier after speaking during the Fort Carson Transition Summit Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016, at the William Reed Special Events Center on the Colorado Springs, Colo., U.S. Army base. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
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Former President George W. Bush will lead a list of speakers set to address hundreds of troops during the Fort Carson Transition Summit. File photo.
Approximately 240 Fort Carson Soldiers from the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, were greeted by their loved ones at Ft. Carson on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. Spec. Jonathan Ledezmamendoza meets his namesake Jonathan Ledezmamendoza, Jr. as he is greeted by his wife, Patricia Ledezmamendoza. Another 140 soldiers from the same brigade came home in a second shift of homecomings the same evening.The 4th CAB Soldiers deployed in December 2015 to Afghanistan. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
MSgt. Michelle Weaver's daughter, Dani Weaver, wasn't born yet when 9/11 occurred fifteen years ago. She hugs her daughter during one of the speeches given at a 9/11 remembrance service at Peterson Air Force Base on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2016. She brought her young daughter so that she could learn more and remember what happened that day. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Volunteer Kimberly Archer prepares food and books Wednesday, September 7, 2016 during a giveaway for military families at the Norris Penrose Events Center.Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette