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.
  • Fort Carson to implement new security rules for visitors Friday

    Updated: Mon, Apr 27, 2015

    Visitors to the Pikes Peak region's largest military installation will need to get a pass and a background check starting Friday. The new procedures at Fort Carson, part of a Pentagon push to tighten security at military bases worldwide, are similar to those in place at Air Force...

  • Air Force Academy cadets ready to test satellite for launch

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    The Air Force is readying two satellites for launch in 2016 and is in the early stages of designing a third spacecraft. But these aren't the products of multibillion-dollar defense programs and top contractors. These satellites are the creations of Air Force Academy cadets. The...

  • Eight local service members gain citizenship on fast-track program

    Updated: Sun, Apr 26, 2015

    America gained eight citizens during a Fort Carson ceremony last week thanks to a program that fast-tracks immigration paperwork for troops. The program, in place since the Sept. 11 attacks and run through a partnership between the military and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration...

  • Sculpture to honor Air Force Academy POWs in Vietnam captures 'spirit of defiance'

    Updated: Sat, Apr 25, 2015

    There's a hidden message in the Air Force Academy's newest sculpture that alumni who became prisoners of war say is as profound as it is profane. The 1-ton bronze depicts life at the Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam's infamous prisoner of war camp. The prisoner shown in the work is bound at the...

  • VA officials thrashed during Congressional committee hearing in Aurora

    Updated: Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    AURORA - Despite breathtaking cost overruns, Congress remains committed to building the $1.73 billion Veterans Affairs hospital here. During a rare field hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, lawmakers took over Aurora's city hall and used the chamber to lambaste senior...

  • Fort Carson soldiers accused of raping Colorado Springs teen after party

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Two Fort Carson soldiers have been charged with the rape of a Colorado Springs high school student last fall, according to court papers released to the Gazette on Wednesday. Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at a...

  • Army's top enlisted man talks about improving discipline during Carson visit

    Updated: Thu, Apr 23, 2015

    Fort Carson thefts and other Army discipline issues have the attention of the Army's top sergeant, who wants a new program to keep soldiers in line. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey is pushing the new "Not in My Squad" campaign to drive discipline into the service's smallest...

  • Army says keeping equipment on post a priority, will investigate Fort Carson thefts

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    The Pentagon says Army leaders are taking a string of recent thefts of military gear at Fort Carson "incredibly seriously" and will probe how more than $500,000 in equipment including weapons parts, night vision gear and robots have been pilfered from the post. Army spokesman Lt....

  • Latest theft case illustrates problem of missing equipment at Fort Carson

    Updated: Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    Prosecutors strained to haul hundreds of pounds of allegedly stolen Army gear into a Colorado Springs courtroom Monday afternoon. The cache included machine gun parts, including .50-caliber barrels, and the latest generation of Army night vision equipment, and for the second time in...

  • Increased space defense a key talking point at Space Symposium

    Updated: Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Record crowds, a galaxy of vendors and talk of new programs put a spring in the step of defense contractors at the Space Symposium in Colorado Springs. After tough years of federal belt tightening and a postwar military drawdown that cut more than $1 billion in annual Pentagon space...

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