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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Air Force issues plan to cut 275 workers at Space Command

    Updated: Tue, Jul 15, 2014

    A Pentagon budget-cutting plan will eliminate 275 military and civilian jobs at Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs and cut another 3,225 jobs from Air Force headquarters nationwide. The local cuts represent less than 10 percent of the workforce at Space Command's Peterson...

  • Space Foundation aims to inspire kids to new exhibit

    Published: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    The Space Foundation is trying to mix a bit of summer smart in with summer fun with an exhibit that opens to kids and parents this week at its facility off Garden of the Gods Road. Beginning Tuesday, the foundation will show off the Mars, Rovers and Robots exhibit with interactive...

  • Lengyel credits cadet leadership with improving Air Force Academy

    Updated: Sun, Jul 6, 2014

    Stern and serious, Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel spent two years hammering cadets into officers at the Air Force Academy. He gained a reputation as a no-nonsense leader with little tolerance for those who lacked commitment, curiosity and courage. Behind all that was something else....

  • Fort Carson could face massive cut under Pentagon plan

    Updated: Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Fort Carson could lose two-thirds of its 24,000 soldiers by 2020 under a doomsday plan to deal with budget cuts. Characterized as a worst-case scenario, as many as 16,000 of the post's soldiers would be eliminated, according to documents released Thursday by the Pentagon. The...

  • Cadets get fleeting chance to smoke Air Force Academy brass

    Updated: Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    A galaxy of stars was left smoking after the gentle ministrations of the trainers at the Air Force Academy Wednesday. "Why are you smiling Basic?" cadet Nichole Freeman screamed at Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel. "This is not summer camp, you are in the military," she shouted at Brig....

  • Air Force Academy's alternate field cuts noise for neighbors

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    ELLICOTT - The incessant buzzing from the sky drones on as student pilots circle and land, take off and circle again. The circuit repeats every few minutes as the Air Force Academy's flight program works to train hundreds of cadets in the elements of flight in nine short weeks. In...

  • Cheyenne Mountain complex ready to face monsoon after $3.6 million in stormwater work

    Updated: Mon, Jun 23, 2014

    After $3.6 million and months worth of work, the underground Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center is ready for the monsoon. The main entrance to the secretive underground complex was blocked by up to 12 feet of mud and debris Sept. 12, when 14 inches of rain hit the mountain in a day....

  • Ship to be named for Peterson airman killed in Afghanistan

    Updated: Sun, Jun 15, 2014

    A Peterson Air Force Base captain and Air Force Academy graduate killed in Afghanistan will have a ship named in his honor, the Air Force said. Capt. David Lyon, 28, of Sandpoint, Idaho, was killed on Dec. 27 when a car bomb detonated near his convoy. He was serving as an adviser to...

  • Watching Iraq crumble a bitter pill for Colorado Springs war veterans

    Updated: Fri, Jun 13, 2014

    The rapid advance of insurgents that threatens to topple the U.S.-backed Iraqi government is a bitter pill for Colorado Springs veterans who spent years working to pull Iraq out of chaos. Troops from Colorado Springs fired some of the first shots in the 2003 invasion of Iraq and...

  • Fort Carson soldier remembered for humor, leadership

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    The Wykstra clan packed into Fort Carson's Provider Chapel Tuesday morning. Soldiers shuffled to make more room as four reserved rows of pews proved inadequate for the family during the memorial service for Pfc. Jacob Wykstra, 21-year-old Thornton man who died in Afghanistan on May...