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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.

STRYKER BRIGADE
Eight wheeled Stryker vehicles took part in a training exercise at range 155 in this Gazette file photo. Asoldier died in an accident on this range early Wednesday morning.
AFA BOSS
Air Force Chief of Staff David L. Goldfein (left) hands the flag to Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria as he takes command of Air Force Academy from Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson (right) Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, in front of the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel. Silveria, who recently returned from fighting ISIS and the Taliban the Middle East, is the Academy's 20th superintendent. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette
Natalie Budner, part of an eight solider team, jumps into the pool with her backpack to swim 100 meters as the 4th Infantry Division hosted Iron Horse Week for soldiers for the combat swim at Iron Horse Physical Fitness Center at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. (Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette)
MICHAEL BENNET
Sen. Michael Bennet fields questions during his visit to the Gazette newsroom Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Col. William Thigpen speaks at a ceremony welcoming him to Fort Carson this month. The new deputy post commander, Thigpen is a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan known for his keen intellect (Army Photo)
Seeds Cafe
Business goes on, despite a shakeup at Seeds Community Cafe. A customer waits for his meal at Seeds Community Cafe on Thursday, June 15, 2017. . (Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)
Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson took over the reigns of the Air Force Academy during a Change of Command Ceremony on Monday, August 12, 2013. The outgoing Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael Gould is retiring after 37 years in the Air Force. Johnson is the first female to be Superintendent at the Air Force Academy. Lt. Gen. Johnson is addressing the media after the ceremony. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
A U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped 302nd Airlift Wing C-130 Hercules taxis on the Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., flightline, July 29, 2017. The Reserve wing is responding to a request for assistance from the National Interagency Fire Center for one MAFFS-equipped C-130 from the 302nd AW to support fire suppression efforts in the Western U.S. (U.S. Air Force photo/1st Lt. Steven Collier)
A cardboard cutout shows Sgt. Keith N. Lacey, who earned a Silver Star Medal for his service in World War I, Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Fort Carson. Photo by James Wooldridge, The Gazette