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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.

Clayton R. Cullen, 25, of Indiana, and Kevin F. Burke, 28 of California, were killed when an AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. Saturday at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin. (The Gazette file)
Fort Carson active duty soldiers order at the Chick-fil-A by the Fort Carson military base on Thursday afternoon January 18, 2018 in Fountain. The odds of a government shutdown are increasingly likely and as a result the subsidized grocery stores on US military bases known as commissaries could be closed down during the process. (Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
Col David Hodne, right, stands with Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves Friday, June 9, 2017, during a welcome ceremony for incoming 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commander Hodne at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Col David Hodne, right, stands with Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves Friday, June 9, 2017, during a welcome ceremony for incoming 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commander Hodne at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Sammy Tawakkol. File photo.
Aerojet Rocketdyne test area
Sammy Tawakkol. File photo.
Legalized Pot Colorado
File - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Sen. Gardner said Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, that he's placing a hold on Department of Justice nominees and will try to push legislation to protect marijuana sales in states where the drug is legal after Attorney General Jeff Sessions withdrew a federal policy that allowed recreational markets to emerge. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
On Dec. 9, Sgt. Rianna Rios, 52nd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, won the USA National Boxing Championship in the Elite Female in the 125-pound lightweight division. Sgt. Rios has been boxing since the age of 10. Although boxing is her passion, Rios is also qualified with an M-4 rifle and considers herself a soldier first. Rios works out with a punching bag at Ft. Carson on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Army Sgt. Mihail Golin uses a tube-launched, optically tracked, wire-guided missile to help in securing the Afghanistan and Pakistan border crossing, Dec. 4, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Otero)