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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.

Ariana Walter, 16, left, Angela Walter, Daniel Walter and Hunter Walter, 8, explore their new Ford Fusion outside of Safeway in Fountain, Colo. on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. Daniel Walter served as a Blackhawk Crew Chief, and arrived at the event thinking he would be an Operation Homefront spokesperson. (The Gazette, Nadav Soroker)
pinon canyon soldier training
Soldiers with the 2nd BCT set out with their weapons and packs during training at Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site in this Gazette file photo.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un arrives for the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, a collection of more than a dozen apartment buildings, on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
Hurricane Irma Georgia
Tybee Island resident Joe Murphy wipes the sweat off his face while standing in knee deep water from Tropical Storm Irma outside his house, Monday, Sept., 11, 2017, on Tybee Island, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton)
Sept 11 Anniversary
The podium awaits the arrival of President Donald Trump as a U.S. flag is unfurled at the Pentagon on the 16th anniversary of the September 11th attacks Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Bob McLaughlin runs the Mount Carmel Center of Excellence, a veteran-aimed charity that organized Friday's food giveaway. Gazette file photo.
Attendees don costumes for last year's Oktoberfest. Courtesy.
Fort Carson soldiers help load supplies as part of mission to provide hurricane relief in Texas. The Department of Defense is conducting Defense Support of Civil Authorities operations in response to the effects of Hurricane Harvey. DSCA operations are part of the DOD's response capability to assist civilian responders in saving lives, relieving human suffering and mitigating property damage in response to a catastrophic disaster. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew Keeler / 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment)
A second firefighting plane from Colorado Springs' 302nd Airlift Wing has been called to battle wildland blazes raging across the West. (Photo courtesy of 302nd Airlift Wing/Twitter)