More Tom Roeder Articles

Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Finding meaning of war

    Updated: Sun, May 25, 2014

    Colorado Springs is a town loaded with experts on the past 13 years of war. They fought the battles. They planned them. They mourned the 383 people with ties to the Pikes Peak region who have died in Iraq and Afghanistan. A few of them protested. Now, plans call for the fighting in...

  • Small surgery team from Fort Carson filled in as big hospitals were leaving Afghanistan

    Updated: Fri, May 23, 2014

    While on a nine-month tour in Afghanistan, a small group of Fort Carson soldiers revolutionized how the Army treats wounded troops. The 29-member 2nd Forward Surgical Team was tied to special forces troops and had to come up with a way to treat casualties as American hospitals and...

  • As defense budgets shrink, drive for international space cooperation grows

    Updated: Wed, May 21, 2014

    Civilian space projects, including the International Space Station, have driven cooperation between the U.S. and its allies for more than 20 years. With defense belt-tightening squeezing military space endeavors across Europe, North America and the Pacific, the people in uniform are...

  • Space Command boss wants more smaller, cheaper space-based systems

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    The boss at Air Force Space Command says the future is smaller and cheaper. Instead of launching billion dollar satellites, Gen. William Shelton sees the Air Force leasing commercial satellites for communications. And it gets cheaper from there - Shelton envisions putting Global...

  • Academy space telescope idea closer to reality

    Updated: Tue, May 20, 2014

    Experiments started at the Air Force Academy a decade ago have grown into a Ball Aerospace project that could change how scientists look at the universe. The Air Force Academy for years has been working on a plastic telescope lens called a photon sieve that parses light rays into a...

  • As government budgets squeeze, space executives eye growth

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    The old saw is "it's always sunny in space." And even as budget cuts slow defense and NASA spending, Colorado's space business leaders say that forecast holds true. "I think it's a growth industry," said Mark Valerio, president and general manager of Military Space at Lockheed...

  • Charlie Daniels 'thank-you' concert for military and emergency workers to open new Fiddler's Green season

    Updated: Mon, May 19, 2014

    ountry legend Charlie Daniels is throwing a Memorial Day weekend party, and thousands of Pikes Peak region troops are invited. The Gazette-sponsored Volunteer Jam concert on May 24 at the newly renovated Fiddler's Green Amphitheater will feature Daniels along with the Outlaws, Black...

  • Space Symposium draws big crowds, huge deals

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    "It's bigger than ever," said Kevin Cook, vice president of marketing for the Space Foundation, which runs the symposium. The symposium was launched in Colorado Springs shortly after the military began organizing its space efforts. Air Force Space Command was founded in 1982 at...

  • Colorado Springs astronaut sees bright future for manned space flight

    Updated: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Col. Jim Dutton has a simple message for Air Force Academy cadets who ask him about his time as an astronaut. "Everything is better in space," the academy engineering professor who once piloted a space shuttle tells them. America's manned spaceflight programs have been on hiatus...

  • Cyberspace gains prominence in Colorado Springs, at Space Symposium

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Cyberspace is taking on a bigger role at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, and the computer warriors are getting better facilities to fight their online battles. In the basement of a building at Peterson Air Force Base, the 561st Network Operations Squadron got a new...

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