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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.

Astronaut John Glenn is seen with his Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962 ready for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo)
Astronaut John Glenn is seen with his Friendship 7 space capsule atop an Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., Feb. 20, 1962 ready for the flight which made him the first American to orbit the earth. (AP Photo)
APTOPIX Pearl Harbor At 75
In this Monday, Dec. 5, 2016 photo, Jim Downing, 103, poses in a Navy uniform in Honolulu, with a photo of himself taken when he was about 20 years old. Downing is among a few dozen survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor who plan to gather at the Hawaii naval base Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, to remember those killed 75 years ago. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)
PEARL HARBOR
The annual Navy League Pearl Harbor Observance was held Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at Pioneers Museum in Colorado Springs. This was the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Japan US Pearl Harbor
FILE- In this June 3, 2015 file photo released by the U.S. Navy, sailors work to repair the floating dock next to the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, after the USNS Mercy hospital ship struck the memorial's dock in May as it was leaving Pearl Harbor. (Laurie Dexter/The U.S. Navy via AP, File)
In the Colorado Springs High School yearbook photo, a young Daniel Griffin smiles. He graduated in 1928 and enlisted in the Navy in 1930. (PPLD collection)
Christina Lundy receives her Cadet 4th Class rank after a parade in celebration of the formal ending of basic training at the Air Force Academy Stillman Parade Field on Tuesday, August 9, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
The USS Colorado undergoes pressure tests earlier this year at the Electric Boat shipyard in Connecticut. The submarine will be christened in a Saturday ceremony. (General Dynamics Photo)
Steve Bird, U.S. Army Chemical Material Activities, demonstrates Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, how the more than 780,000 chemical weapons will be deconstructed beginning as early as this fall at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. The explosive destruction system shown is an earlier version first used at the Rocky Mountain Arsonel. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jim Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Patriot Guard Riders as he enters Lewis-Palmer Middle School to talk to students on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Downing will head to Pearl Harbor this weekend for the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Soldiers tie down Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the deck of a rail car Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division loads track and wheeled vehicles onto rail cars at Fort Carson. The 2,800 vehicles are bound for nine countries in central and eastern Europe where soldiers are being deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)