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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Space Wing commander on hunt for efficiency

    Updated: Sat, Mar 1, 2014

    On the job for six months, the 21st Space Wing's boss is looking for answers. Col. John E. Shaw, who leads the Peterson Air Force Base unit that provides missile detection and space monitoring through a worldwide network of radars and telescopes, wants to know how the work can be...

  • Activist Mike Farrell pulls no punches with Air Force Academy speech, gets standing ovation

    Updated: Fri, Feb 28, 2014

    Actor and activist Mike Farrell said he gave his usual, well-honed speech. He focused on human dignity, derided the death penalty and the Iraq war, and described American tactics against alleged terrorists as "drone murder." What was different about Farrell's talk was the audience...

  • A guide to saluting in the military

    Updated: Wed, Feb 26, 2014

    Here's a guide to saluting in the military: • Soldiers raise their knife-edged right hand to their forehead as a greeting between warriors. With exceptions, it’s done outdoors and isn’t required indoors. In general, officers salute those with higher ranks. Enlisted soldiers...

  • Pentagon prepares for full Afghanistan pullout

    Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    The Pentagon said Tuesday that it is readying to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan after the Karzai government there has balked on inking a security agreement. The Obama administration planned to end America’s combat mission in Afghanistan on Dec. 31, but Pentagon...

  • State, Colorado Springs officials spring to attention at news of defense cuts

    Updated: Tue, Feb 25, 2014

    DENVER - Threats of deeper defense cuts have El Paso County lawmakers sounding the alarm even as the state's executive branch steps up its efforts to keep military jobs and bases in Colorado. On Monday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel proposed sweeping cuts that would carve an...

  • Ex-Fort Carson sergeant remaking Army training plan

    Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    A former Fort Carson sergeant is working on a plan to revolutionize how the Army trains soldiers. Command Sgt. Maj. Dan Dailey, the top enlisted man at the Army's Training and Doctrine Command in Virginia, is putting the finishing touches on a new system to train sergeants and turn...

  • Peterson airmen gain experience through deployment to Africa

    Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    A group of Peterson Air Force Base airmen became the first airlift troops assigned to Africa on a recent deployment. The deployment, which ended in January, proved to be one of the busiest in the history of the 302nd Airlift Wing, with relief flights into unimproved fields, the...

  • New satellite with Colorado ties will listen to clouds to measure rain, snow

    Updated: Mon, Feb 24, 2014

    If you want to know how much it rains on Earth, you must listen to the clouds. A new satellite with a Colorado-built listening system will begin doing just that after its Thursday launch. The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, built in partnership between NASA and...

  • Drones, smart hydrants considered by experts looking at future of firefighting

    Published: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    The drone detects the fire, a supercomputer analyzes it and determines it's a threat and automated fire hydrants douse it instantly. Welcome to wildfire season. In 2024. That idyllic future was part of an Air Force Academy discussion that plunged firefighters and federal experts into...

  • Fort Carson Medal of Honor recipient back in Pueblo for unveiling of portrait

    Updated: Fri, Feb 21, 2014

    PUEBLO - Just over a year after President Barack Obama hung the nation's highest award for gallantry around his neck, former Fort Carson Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha came home - at least his home away from home. The man who earned the Medal of Honor while serving with Fort Carson's 4th...

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