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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Charlie Daniels 'thank-you' concert for military and emergency workers to open new Fiddler's Green season

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    ountry legend Charlie Daniels is throwing a Memorial Day weekend party, and thousands of Pikes Peak region troops are invited. The Gazette-sponsored Volunteer Jam concert on May 24 at the newly renovated Fiddler's Green Amphitheater will feature Daniels along with the Outlaws, Black...

  • Space Symposium draws big crowds, huge deals

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    "It's bigger than ever," said Kevin Cook, vice president of marketing for the Space Foundation, which runs the symposium. The symposium was launched in Colorado Springs shortly after the military began organizing its space efforts. Air Force Space Command was founded in 1982 at...

  • Colorado Springs astronaut sees bright future for manned space flight

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Col. Jim Dutton has a simple message for Air Force Academy cadets who ask him about his time as an astronaut. "Everything is better in space," the academy engineering professor who once piloted a space shuttle tells them. America's manned spaceflight programs have been on hiatus...

  • Aging weather satellites provide window into Springs space work

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Most of the work of Air Force Space Command remains shrouded in secrecy. Communications, intelligence gathering, and even the wildly popular Global Positioning System exist in a classified world in Colorado Springs, out of public view by impressive security. But one system controlled...

  • Cyberspace gains prominence in Colorado Springs, at Space Symposium

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Cyberspace is taking on a bigger role at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, and the computer warriors are getting better facilities to fight their online battles. In the basement of a building at Peterson Air Force Base, the 561st Network Operations Squadron got a new...

  • Space industry packs economic punch in Colorado

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    One trade show that begins Monday will punch $30 million into the Pikes Peak region economy. That's for hotels, meals, rental cars, drinks and tourism associated with the 30th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor. And that is like change between couch cushions when measured against the...

  • Amid budget uncertainty, airmen in Colorado Springs prepare to fight fires

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Four-engine C-130s will fly low over the mountains south of Pikes Peak for the next week as airmen with a Peterson Air Force Base wing prepare for another summer of fighting wildfires. The 302nd Airlift Wing will have two aircraft and several crews ready to battle flames on short...

  • Air Force Academy graduation tickets available Friday

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Tickets to the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be handed out at three locations starting Friday. The tickets are free, and they may go fast. The graduation will he headlined by Vice President Joe Biden, who will address the school's 1,000 seniors. Past graduation...

  • General bemoans budget battles at Armed Forces Week luncheon

    Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    At a luncheon to mark Armed Forces Week in Colorado Springs, Gen. Chuck Jacoby called on lawmakers to keep national security in mind as they fight over the federal budget. Jacoby, boss of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, praised local leaders for supporting troops but...

  • Study: Half of labor income in Pikes Peak region tied to military, aerospace

    Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The military and aerospace industries account for half of all labor income in the Pikes Peak region, according to a report released Monday by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The sector has 67,900 military and civilian workers who make an average of $54,900, and the...

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