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.

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Distiller making late delivery to Colorado Springs WWII pilot

By: tom roeder

Tom Barr named his B-17 bomber "Southern Comfort" as a reminder of his Florida home.

His Yankee crewmates went along with him for the booze.

The 90-year-old Colorado Springs veteran said he told those...

El Paso County Sheriff's Office investigating alleged threats made by Air Force Academy civilian worker


The El Paso County Sheriff's Office is looking into alleged threats made by a civilian worker at the Air Force Academy.

Few details have been released about the investigation.

"There is no direct...

Son of Navy's first WWII casualty, a Colorado Springs native, wants 'immortality' for his dad

By: tom roeder

Don Griffin is surprised that after 74 years Colorado Springs wants to remember his father.

The San Diego resident and Navy retiree contacted The Gazette after a Dec. 7 story told about Pikes Peak Library...

NORAD boss knows successful Santa tracking is mission critical


Adm. Bill Gortney says it's the one annual mission his command can't fail - keeping track of Santa Claus.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command will celebrate 60 years of success on Christmas Eve when...

Fort Carson soldiers prepare to embark on mission to Afghanistan

By: tom roeder

Nearly 2,000 Fort Carson soldiers said farewell to the post at a Friday ceremony.

The post's 4th Combat Aviation Brigade is sending the bulk of its soldiers to Afghanistan, where they will support American...

Colorado Springs Airport programs bring holiday cheer to local children


A flight will leave Colorado Springs on Saturday on a mission to bring holiday joy to 19 children of fallen local troops.

The Snowball Express will carry the kids to Dallas for a weekend of fun and...

Colorado Springs survivor of attack on Pearl Harbor discusses historic day, life after war

By: Tom Roeder

Seventy-four years ago, sailor Donald Stratton was bandaged in a Pearl Harbor hospital, severely burned but one of 334 men who survived from the USS Arizona crew of 1,511.

Luck kept Stratton alive. He was...

Colorado Springs observance of Pearl Harbor resonates with today's struggle

By: tom roeder

Bob Snider sat amid nearly 200 people gathered in Colorado Springs to remember Pearl Harbor. Two months from his 90th birthday, the Army veteran is one of the dwindling number of people in the city who recall Dec....