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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.

Col. James DeVere, 302nd Airlift Wing commander observes the arrival of "MAFFS 5," a C-130 Hercules, at Gowen Field Air National Guard Base, Idaho, April 20, 2017. Approximately 70 Air Force reservists and two MAFFS-equipped C-130s from the 302nd AW will participate in classroom and flight certification training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. Jolene Bottor-Ortiona)
A U.S. Soldier of Charlie Battery, 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team carries blank M1A1 .50 caliber machine gun ammunition while conducting preventative maintenance checks and services during Exercise Combined Resolve VIII at the Hohenfels Training Area, Hohenfels, Germany, June 01, 2017. Exercise Combined Resolve VIII is a multinational exercise designed to train the Army's Regionally Allocated Forces to the U.S. European Command. Combined Resolve VIII will include more than 3,400 participants from 10 nations. The goal of the exercise is to prepare forces in Europe to operate together to promote stability and security in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Zachery Perkins)
Air Force Academy football players walk into their practice facility Thursday, July 31, 2014 for the first day of football practice for the 2014 season. (The Gazette file)
One of the 100 Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division salutes before receiving his commanders coin during a ceremony on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at Fort Carson's Founders Field. The ceremony is part of the yearlong celebration in honor of Fort Caron's 4th Infantry Division's 100 years of service in defense of the nation. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.
Missile Interception
An rocket designed to intercept an intercontinental ballistic missiles is launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in Calif. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America's missile defense program. The test was the first of its kind in nearly three years. And it was the first test ever targeting an intercontinental-range missile like North Korea is developing. (Matt Hartman via AP)
DUI Checkpoint
The Colorado State Patrol kicked off its annual crackdown on drunken driving Friday with more troopers on the roads and checkpoints in some areas. Gazette file photo.
The main entrance to Fort Carson Sunday, January 17, 2016. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is moving ahead with a Boeing-designed space plan designated XS-1. The agency plans an agressive set of tests, including 10 launches in 10 days. (Image courtesy of Boeing via DARPA)
2017 NASA Astronaut Candidate - Frank Rubio.  Photo Date: June 6, 2017.  Location: Ellington Field - Hangar 276, Tarmac.  Photographer: Robert Markowitz
2017 NASA Astronaut Candidate - Frank Rubio. Photo Date: June 6, 2017. Location: Ellington Field - Hangar 276, Tarmac. Photographer: Robert Markowitz