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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.

Soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat team were training down range with mortars, missiles and anti-tank weapons on Thursday, April 28, 2016. Spec. John Easley (right) fires an AT-4 anti-tank weapon while being instructed by Sgt. Matthew Soska (left). The 1st Brigade Combat Team at Ft. Carson is getting more soldiers equipped with rockets, helicopters and more to add to its 4,500 soldiers who go to battle on 8-wheeled Stryker vehicles. ONLINE VIDEO AND PHOTO GALLERY(photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)
Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, watches the Thunderbirds perform at America's Airshow, Sept. 19, 2015, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rachel Maxwell)
Gen. David L. Goldfein, Air Force Vice Chief of Staff, watches the Thunderbirds perform at America's Airshow, Sept. 19, 2015, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rachel Maxwell)
Colorado Springs VA clinic
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working to offer its patients same-day care at each of its medical centers by year's end, including the VA Outpatient Clinic at 3141 Centennial Blvd. in Colorado Springs. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Lt. Ted Scott, assistant operations officer, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division briefs Soldiers during the setup of the mortar gunnery range on Fort Carson, April 18, 2016. (Army Photo)
U.S. Army soldiers patrol outside Contingency Operating Site Taji, north of Baghdad, Iraq, in this Associated Press file photo.
Gen. John E. Hyten, Gen. John E. Hyten, Commander of the Air Force Space Command, speaks at the Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. (photo by Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette)