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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10 Years After Katrina: Colorado Springs-based command has new disaster playbook

By: tom roeder

Hurricane Katrina hasn't been forgotten at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but it is viewed as ancient history.

The hurricane that leveled cities on the Gulf Coast a decade ago came before the...

Tuskegee airman takes off once again from Colorado Springs airstrip where he learned to fly

By: tom roeder

At 92, Franklin Macon has watched nearly everything change around him.

Colorado Springs, the city where he was born and raised, has gone from a sleepy hamlet of 30,000 people to a sprawling metropolis of...

Service scheduled for Air Force chief who revitalized Colorado Springs veterans parade

By: tom roeder

A funeral is planned Tuesday for a retired Air Force chief master sergeant credited with revitalizing the Colorado Springs Veterans Parade.

Diana Ceciliani led the parade for a decade as the event grew in...

Air Force Academy falconry can be bloody rewarding


Avoiding the talons is key when you're learning how to fly the Air Force Academy's living mascot.

Those flashing prey-grabbers whip by handlers at NASCAR speeds as they show off their flying acumen to stadium...

Male classmates praise Fort Carson's female Ranger


A Fort Carson lieutenant was more than one of the first two women to complete the Army's grueling Ranger School.

Classmates on Thursday said 1st Lt. Shaye Haver was also the first to carry more than her share...

Female lieutenant from Fort Carson 'happy, relieved' to join Ranger ranks

By: tom roeder


Join a roundtable discussion today about the Army's elite Ranger training program and the two women, including 1st Lt. Shaye Haver of Fort Carson, who've completed the Ranger course. Watch...

General: Colorado Springs kids are too fat to fight


A group of high-ranking military brass held a Colorado Springs news conference Wednesday warning parents and politicians that most kids in the Pikes Peak region are too fat, frail or stupid to fight for their...

Witnesses: Cadet got drugs from online black market and sold them in dorms

By: tom roeder

Black market drugs bought on the Internet were shipped to the Air Force Academy, where cadets consumed them to concentrate on tests and hallucinate in their dorm rooms, witnesses testified at a Monday hearing at...