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.
  • Second Fort Carson woman clears Ranger course

    Updated: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Two women finish Ranger course A second female Fort Carson lieutenant passed a course required for soldiers to attend Ranger training. The Army last month said a female Fort Carson helicopter pilot was the only woman of 17 who attempted to complete the Ranger Training Assessment...

  • Army researchers testing strength to better match soldiers to jobs

    Published: Sun, Mar 8, 2015

    Weights, medicine balls and other common exercise gear are being studied at Fort Carson this month as a way to test future soldiers on their fitness for combat. It's part of an Army initiative that seeks to open all combat jobs to women by 2016. But the research will set standards for...

  • Fort Carson rocket training exercise a test of rapid deployment

    Updated: Sat, Mar 7, 2015

    The rockets blasted over a Fort Carson training range for a few seconds of ear-shattering fury Friday. Those few seconds took four months to plan. The dozen rockets fired at the post involved the work of commanders at four military bases across two armed services. It also required...

  • Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    Fort Carson neighbors can expect some extra noise Friday as the 4th Infantry Division tests the biggest weapons in its arsenal. Soldiers from the division's Oklahoma-based 214th Fires Brigade are flying in to fire their multiple-launch rocket system during a training exercise that...

  • Last group of Fort Carson soldiers sent to battle Ebola return to U.S.

    Updated: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    The final 10 soldiers from a Fort Carson unit sent to battle Ebola in western Africa are back in America, the post said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company were among 150 the post sent to Liberia to improve infrastructure and build treatment facilities at the...

  • New hearing set for Air Force Academy cadet in sexual assault case

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    A new hearing will air evidence against an Air Force Academy cadet charged with sexual assault on a classmate. The case against junior cadet Brock Mangum stalled last fall after the woman told a military hearing officer that she considered Mangum a friend and didn't want to see him...

  • Retiring El Paso County veterans services chief loves helping clients

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    It took 29 years for Jim Tackett to finish his internship with El Paso County's Department of Veteran Services. Tackett, an Army veteran, wound up at the office while he was in college and stuck around to start a career there in 1988. He rose to head the department and watched the...

  • Air Force Academy rocket club members learn from failures

    Updated: Sun, Mar 1, 2015

    In the space business, even the best plans have the potential to become spectacular failures. Air Force Academy cadets learned that lesson last week as they fired off handmade rockets at Fort Carson. An 8-foot-tall machine named Colossus was supposed to fly as high as 15,000 feet...

  • Discomfort comes with leadership, VA undersecretary tells Air Force Academy cadets

    Updated: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Allison Hickey told an Air Force Academy crowd Friday that her time as a cadet there taught her how to be uncomfortable. And learning that skill, the undersecretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said, made her the leader she became. Hickey was the recipient of the academy's...

  • Homeland Security budget issues could impact Colorado Springs command

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    The Homeland Security budget showdown will be felt at U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, but won't impact the command's ability to protect America from threats, including terrorism, a spokesman said Friday. Northern Command, formed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks to protect...

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