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.

Four star generals, left to right, Gen. David Goldfein, Gen. John Raymond and Gen. John Hyten sing the Air Force Song together following an Air Force Space Command Change of Command ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base Tuesday, October 25, 2016. Goldfein, the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, presided over the ceremony at which Raymond took over command from Hyten. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Residents fill up jugs with drinkable water at a water station on Powers and Fontaine blvds on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Bridgette Swaney and her daughter, Addison, 4, use the last of their bottled water to make mint tea at their Widefield home Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016. High levels of perfluorinated compounds, believed to be from a firefighting foam used at Peterson Air Force Base, have been found in the water systems of Security, Widefield and Fountain, forcing residents to drink bottled water. Swaney worries about the toxic chemicals that have been associated with kidney and testicular cancer as well as thyroid disease. Swaney and her family had drank the tap water from the day they moved into their home six years ago. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
General John Hyten, Commander, U.S. Space Command, spoke Tuesday, Feburary 2, 2016 at the Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel's International Center. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Infantry troops with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team carry kettlebells up the obstacle course while competing in the annual Apache Warrior games at Fort Carson on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Environmental Chief Fred Brooks discusses the unplanned water discharge from a Peterson fire training area during a press conference outside the Peterson Air Force Base on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. About 150,000 gallons of water being held in a fire training area retention tank was discharged into the CSU sewer system last week. The tank held water that contained an elevated level of perfluorinated compounds, a residual component of a firefighting foam historically used at the base for emergency response. Peterson authorities discovered the discharge during a routine tank inspection on October 12. The tank is part of a system used to recirculate water to the fire training area. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
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Smiling ear to ear, World War II pilot Frank Royal, 101, walks arm in arm with his son, Randy Royal (right), and granddaughter Kallie Royal after having what he called his "final flight". Royal sat in the co-pilot seat while flying in formation with the fully restored P38 Lightning that he flew in World War II on a special flight on Monday, October 17, 2016. Royal went into hospice care last week, but had a last flight on his bucket list. The plane was rescued from the jungles of New Guinea and brought to Colorado Springs to be restored at Westpac Restorations and become a part of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Coloado Springs. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Volunteers with Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy were on hand to give free haircuts to veterans Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition annual Stand Down at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium. Army Veteran Robert Tallerdy, foreground, got a haircut from student Edwin Soto. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
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