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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.

The Air Force Thunderbirds took to the skies above Colorado Springs on Monday in preparation for Thursday's Air Force Academy's graduation. (Courtesy Charles Allen)
The Air Force Thunderbirds took to the skies above Colorado Springs on Monday in preparation for Thursday's Air Force Academy's graduation. (Courtesy Charles Allen)
Oral Allen, 98, holds a photo of her son, Ralph Dunn, Colorado's first casualty in the Vietnam war, at Penrose Hospital on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. Allen has volunteered nearly 23,000 hours at the hospital. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.
Paige Ragland, right, reacts after crossing the stage and receiving her diploma during the graduation ceremony for the United States Air Force Academy class of 2014 at Falcon Stadium Wednesday, May 28, 2014. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
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Soldiers salute as the 4th Infantry Division Band plays “Taps” Thursday, May 26, 2016, during the Mountain Post Warrior Memorial ceremony honoring the 395 service members stationed at or mobilized through Fort Carson who have died fighting overseas since 2001. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spc. Melissa Evalle, left, and Spc. Gabriel Torres battle the wind and dirt as a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk flies lower so they can attach a load of supplies to the bird Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during training down range at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Spc. Melissa Evalle, left, and Spc. Gabriel Torres battle the wind and dirt as a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk flies lower so they can attach a load of supplies to the bird Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014, during training down range at Fort Carson. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
The new VA Outpatient Clinic opened Monday, August 18, 2014, at 3141 Centennial Blvd.  (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
The new VA Outpatient Clinic opened Monday, August 18, 2014, at 3141 Centennial Blvd. (The Gazette/Jerilee Bennett)
Jeff Flight squeezes his sons, Trevor, 8, and Everett, 10, into a hug during the homecoming of the Air Force Reservists and C-130 cargo aircraft from the 302nd Airlift Wing after a four-month deployment to Southwest Asia at Peterson Air Force Base on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette.