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.
  • Red Cross Hometown Hero: Fort Carson private's farm training kicks in for baby delivery

    Updated: Tue, Mar 17, 2015

    Sometimes Army training just isn't enough. Pfc. Laryn Rodgers, though, had something else to fall back on as she dealt with a crisis at a Fort Carson gate on Jan. 14. Farm Girl Training. The 20-year-old member of the post's 984th Military Police Company was working at the post's...

  • Canadian Defense Minister talks Russia threat during Colorado Springs visit

    Updated: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    As Russian forces launched a sweeping training exercise Monday in the Arctic, Canada's new defense leader was in Colorado Springs to review North America Aerospace Defense Command plans to protect the continent. Canada Minister of Defense Jason Kenney, who took that post last month,...

  • Colorado National Guard boss decries rift with regular Army

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    Colorado's National Guard boss, Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, describes the relationship between state Guard leaders and Army brass as broken, saying the two entities are giving each other the silent treatment over budget battles. "The relationship is not good and it is sad," said...

  • American Legion wants to send young men to summer Boys State event in Pueblo

    Updated: Sun, Mar 15, 2015

    The American Legion is looking for a few good young men to learn about civics. The veterans organization is hoping to sponsor 250 teens at Boys State this spring to celebrate 80 years of the annual event to educate teens. "They get to live civics," said Jay Bowen, who is heading...

  • Air Force Academy freshmen face test of brawn and brains to enter cadet wing

    Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Air Force Academy freshmen sweated and screamed through the school's biggest rite of passage Friday as upperclassmen pushed, cajoled and barked them through "Recognition." Freshmen who don't quit during the three-day trial earn their "prop and wings" pins signifying admittance into...

  • Top commander from Colorado Springs warns U.S. senators of Russian threat

    Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    U.S. Northern Command boss Adm. Bill Gortney told senators Friday that the Cold War could be coming back. Gortney, who heads the Colorado Springs-based command that's responsible for defending North America from threats and providing Defense Department assistance to civil authorities,...

  • Hearing testimony reveals subterfuge of Air Force Academy informant program

    Updated: Sat, Mar 14, 2015

    Testimony at a hearing at the Air Force Academy on Friday gave credibility to a former cadet's contention of long-term work as a spy for the Office of Special Investigations and showed that his allegations of cadet wrongdoing were backed up by a polygraph test. Testimony revealed that...

  • Former cadet's appeal claims knowledge of academy informant would have changed conviction

    Updated: Thu, Mar 12, 2015

    An Air Force Academy confidential informant could have spun tales to save his own skin during a classmate's court-martial, defense attorneys said during an appeal hearing Thursday for former cadet Stephan Claxton. Claxton was convicted in 2012 on charges including unlawful sexual...

  • Air Force judge to review academy sex assault case involving informant

    Updated: Wed, Mar 11, 2015

    An Air Force judge on Thursday will weigh testimony on whether prosecutors wrongly withheld evidence that could have aided the defense of an Air Force Academy cadet convicted of sexual assault. Lawyers for former cadet Stephan H. Claxton argue that his 2012 conviction is void because...

  • Firefighters search icy Colorado Springs pond, no victim found

    Updated: Mon, Mar 9, 2015

    A bicycle helmet spotted near a hole in an ice-covered pond spurred a frantic search in eastern Colorado Springs Monday afternoon before officials decided no one had been hurt. The Colorado Springs fire department said on Twitter Monday afternoon that divers rushed to Frank Costello...

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