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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Colorado Springs salon owner applauds eased military hair regs

    Updated: Wed, Aug 13, 2014

    A move by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel this week to ease military hairstyle restrictions earned applause from a Colorado Springs salon owner, who said the change makes combat and fashion sense. Hagel, under pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus, announced Monday that he'll...

  • Air Force Space Command boss to step down

    Updated: Mon, Aug 11, 2014

    One of the generals who redesigned the military's approach to space is stepping down this week in a Peterson Air Force Base ceremony. Air Force Space Command boss Gen. William Shelton guided Air Force Space command through unprecedented budget strife that saw it cut $1 billion in...

  • Colorado Springs VA clinic's move means limited regional services for a week

    Updated: Sat, Aug 9, 2014

    A new Veterans Affairs clinic will open in Colorado Springs on Aug. 18, the agency announced in a news release, but its opening will mean that many area VA services will be unavailable for a week. The clinic near the Centennial and Fillmore intersection west of Interstate 25 will...

  • Happy homecoming beginning of the end for Fort Carson troops

    Updated: Wed, Aug 6, 2014

    It was different this time at Fort Carson. The music, the speech, the prayer and the cheering families were unchanged from the scores of homecomings at the post over 13 years of war. But there was a finality Wednesday. The commute to war may be over for these soldiers. It's the...

  • Colorado lawmakers back inquiry into Air Force Academy athletics

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    Air Force Academy superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson received the support Monday of the Pentagon and two Colorado lawmakers in her investigation into whether the school's athletic department is in lockstep with the school's values. The comments from U.S. Sen. Mark Udall and...

  • Broken Code: AFA superintendent calls for investigation of athletic transgressions

    Updated: Mon, Aug 4, 2014

    U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in...

  • Air Force Academy superintendent orders investigation of athletic department after Gazette inquiry

    Updated: Sat, Aug 2, 2014

    The superintendent of the Air Force Academy has ordered an investigation into athletic programs in response to Gazette inquiries about player misconduct and issues involving the teams. The Gazette investigation, which will appear in Sunday's edition, examines recruiting, academic...

  • Northern Command chief talks disaster response, missile defense at Aspen Security Forum

    Updated: Sun, Jul 27, 2014

    ASPEN - Chaos in the Middle East means an increased threat of terrorist attacks on American soil, U.S. Northern Command chief Gen. Chuck Jacoby told a crowd Saturday. Jacoby covered a range of issues during his talk at the Aspen Security Forum, from military response to natural...

  • Colorado Springs airmen ready for wildfire battle

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    Airmen from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs are ready to be called to battle against wildfires raging in the Pacific Northwest as troops from U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base coordinate military efforts to fight the blazes. Lt. Col. Luke Thompson with the...

  • Air Force Academy vision includes raising tourist levels to pre-9/11 numbers

    Updated: Fri, Jul 25, 2014

    The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal. The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern...