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.

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Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit


Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans.

The service's top...

Getting to the bottom of Army troop cuts is no easy task


The Army says it will cut 40,000 soldiers from its ranks, but how it will hack about half that number from the roster is hazy.

This month the Pentagon unveiled a nationwide troop reduction, but only gave a...

Colorado Attorney General issues list of troops' top consumer complaints


Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman issued a list of the top consumer complaints from troops for 2014.

Debt collectors led the pack of those drawing complaints from troops. Last year, the office got 418...

Enlisted airmen get basic training repeat as Air Force Academy prep students


Dozens of airmen got a repeat of basic training last week at the Air Force Academy Preparatory School, which welcomed the biggest group of former airmen to its halls in years.

The school accepted 56 former...

Authorities say 'suspicious package' at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat

By: tom roeder

Air Force authorities said a "suspicious package" found Thursday in a mail distribution building at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station is not a threat.

Officials did not say what was in the...

Air Force Academy cadet accused of rape faces new charges


An Air Force Academy cadet charged in Boulder with the rape and kidnapping of a classmate now faces additional charges for alleged violation of a court order to not contact the victim in the case.

The Boulder...

Schriever Air Force Base celebrates GPS milestone


The rocket scientists, physicists, airmen and officers at Schriever Air Force Base had plenty to celebrate Wednesday.

They had a successful launch of a Global Positioning System satellite, which rocketed to...

Fort Carson soldier 'elated' Pentagon is exploring transgender acceptance


A transgender Fort Carson soldier said Tuesday she's "elated" that the Pentagon is moving toward acceptance of transgender troops.

Staff Sgt. Patricia King said the Pentagon study announced Monday is similar...