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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.

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Marcus Caughey, 50th Space Wing vice commander, was the key speaker at Schriever Air Force Base's 911 ceremony held here Sept. 11. The colonel gave personal accounts of the heroism he witnessed while working in the Pentagon on the day it was attacked in 2001. The memorial ceremony featured a wreath placement as well as a moment of silence while the bell was wrung in three secessions of five rings to honor those lost 13 years ago. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)
A sign was erected Monday, September 19, 2016, along Fountain Boulevard just west of Powers naming that highway section the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
A ceremony for the uncasing of the 10th Combat Support Hospital brigade flag and battle streamers, symbolizing the end of the brigade's nine-month deployment to Kuwait, at Fort Carson on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
A new sign designates a stretch of Highway 24 through Colorado Springs as the Buffalo Soldiers Memorial Highway. Mark Reis/The Gazette
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COLORADO SPRINGS, CO - JUNE 8: A water tower overlooks the community of Security in the foreground of Pike's Peak on June 8, 2016. A invisible toxic chemical has been discovered in the drinking water that affects 70,000 people in the communities south of Colorado Springs. (Photo by Michael Reaves/The Denver Post)
Vehicle commander Spc. Paul Joseph watches as soldiers and airmen secure his Stryker vehicle inside a Boeing C-17 transport plane Friday, Sept. 17, 2016, during a joint exercise with Fort Carson's 1st Brigade Combat Team and Air Force's 621st Contingency Response Wing from New Jersey at the Fort Carson terminal next to the Colorado Springs Airport. Two of the armored vehicles were transported from the Colorado Springs army base to the airport, loaded and flown as part of the exercise. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)