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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.

Basic cadets Christopher Botica, left, from Romania and Carter Wilson from Michigan help their Cobra Squadron put up one of their tents in Jacks Valley Monday, July 21, 2014 at the Air Force Academy. More than 1,200 basic cadets led by their cadet cadre will spend eleven days doing various drills, and team building exercises. Carol Lawrence/The Gazette
Air Force Academy cadets and mentors work on an asphalt paving project at the Academy Wednesday, June 22, 2016, as part of the Academy's Field Engineering Research Laboratory. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army's first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years.  (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army's first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Lt. Gen Mike Gould (Photo by United States Air Force Academy)
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Staff Sgt. Patricia King became the U.S. Army's first transgender infantryman this year when she came out to her commanders. King, pictured outside Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, has been serving in the Army for 16 years. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)