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.
  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was...

  • Five Fort Carson troops died at war since last Memorial Day

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Five Pikes Peak region troops have died overseas since last Memorial Day. All were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. Here's who they were. - Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colo., died May 28 after a helicopter crash in...

  • Fort Carson ceremony honors soldiers who died in 2014

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Hundreds of soldiers stood stiffly in frigid drizzle Thursday as mournful weather greeted a ceremony to honor Fort Carson's war dead. The post added seven names to stones that bear the identities of 379 soldiers killed from Fort Carson since 2003. "We commemorate their service, their...

  • Free tickets available for Air Force Academy graduation; campus reopens to public Thursday

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Tickets for the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be available to the public Thursday - the same day that the campus will reopen to the public as it expects thousands of visitors for a week of festivities. The 600 free tickets will be given away from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the...

  • Something unusual - even for Colorado Springs - about to happen with Fort Carson

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    Nearly 650 vehicles will roll south from Colorado Springs next week in the biggest Army convoy seen in the Pikes Peak region in decades. By some accounts, it's the largest road convoy in Colorado since World War II. It will take more than 4,000 soldiers and more than 300 Stryker...

  • Alamosa sailor dies while on liberty in Bahrain

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    A Colorado sailor died at a hotel in Bahrain, the Pentagon said in a news release Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, died Saturday in Manama, Bahrain, while on liberty the Pentagon said. The Navy said Doyle, a sailor aboard the destroyer USS Farragut,...

  • General looks back fondly on his time at Fort Carson

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    Maj. Gen. Paul LaCamera can't process how much he learned at the helm of the 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson. "I haven't had enough time to let that sink in," he said Thursday, an hour before handing command to Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves. "It will be a lot." LaCamera led the...

  • NORAD celebrates 57th birthday with eye on an old rival

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    At 57, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is facing old Cold War problems and a new pantheon of rising terrorist threats. The binational command celebrated its birthday last week with cake, punch and a pep talk from its commander, Adm. Bill Gortney. The command, which...

  • Fort Carson commander feels right at home with new job

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    For Fort Carson's new commander, taking the reins Thursday meant more than a new job. Maj. Gen. Ryan Gonsalves was born at Fort Carson, raised in Colorado and comes with a resume full of assignments in the Pikes Peak region. "It's great to be back home," he said at a ceremony that...

  • Fort Carson loses track of drone, Colorado Springs resident gets a surprise

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Ronald Fisk had never seen a drone aside from pictures of the aircraft on the Internet. That changed when one crashed near his backyard on Tuesday. As Fisk was fixing a water heater in his mother-in-law's front yard connected to his house near downtown Colorado Springs, Fisk turned...

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