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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.

Secretary of the Air Force Dr. Heather Wilson addresses cadets Wednesday, May 24, 2017, during Air Force Academy Commencement. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Historic images taken from the war diary for Battery C in World War I
Dignitaries gathered at Peterson Air Force Base last week to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the unit and the 75th for the base. Also on the docket were the 70 birthdday of teh Air Force and the 35th for Air Force Space Command. (Air Force Photo / Staff Sgt. Tiffany Lundberg)
Noah Harter

For Memorial Day, Kim Harter places flags on the grave of her son, Noah Harter, to symbolize the number of veterans who commit suicide every day. Harter was a Marine veteran who suffered from PTSD after tours to both Iraq and Afghanistan committed suicide in May 2015. Harter graduated early from Rampart High School so he could enter the Marines just after his 18th birthday. Photo by Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette

AFA GRADUATION
Freshly minted 2nd Lieutenant Caroline Cotton hoists fellow AFA graduate Christy Allen at the conclusion of graduation exercises Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Air Force Academh. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Cadets toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly over at the end of the 2017 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette.
Lukas Waldron's mom (left) graduated AFA in 1983. She was first in family to go military.
Lukas Waldron's mom (left) graduated AFA in 1983. She was first in family to go military.