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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Aging weather satellites provide window into Springs space work

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    Most of the work of Air Force Space Command remains shrouded in secrecy. Communications, intelligence gathering, and even the wildly popular Global Positioning System exist in a classified world in Colorado Springs, out of public view by impressive security. But one system controlled...

  • Space industry packs economic punch in Colorado

    Published: Sun, May 18, 2014

    One trade show that begins Monday will punch $30 million into the Pikes Peak region economy. That's for hotels, meals, rental cars, drinks and tourism associated with the 30th Space Symposium at The Broadmoor. And that is like change between couch cushions when measured against the...

  • Amid budget uncertainty, airmen in Colorado Springs prepare to fight fires

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Four-engine C-130s will fly low over the mountains south of Pikes Peak for the next week as airmen with a Peterson Air Force Base wing prepare for another summer of fighting wildfires. The 302nd Airlift Wing will have two aircraft and several crews ready to battle flames on short...

  • Air Force Academy graduation tickets available Friday

    Updated: Wed, May 14, 2014

    Tickets to the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be handed out at three locations starting Friday. The tickets are free, and they may go fast. The graduation will he headlined by Vice President Joe Biden, who will address the school's 1,000 seniors. Past graduation...

  • General bemoans budget battles at Armed Forces Week luncheon

    Updated: Tue, May 13, 2014

    At a luncheon to mark Armed Forces Week in Colorado Springs, Gen. Chuck Jacoby called on lawmakers to keep national security in mind as they fight over the federal budget. Jacoby, boss of U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, praised local leaders for supporting troops but...

  • Study: Half of labor income in Pikes Peak region tied to military, aerospace

    Updated: Mon, May 12, 2014

    The military and aerospace industries account for half of all labor income in the Pikes Peak region, according to a report released Monday by the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance. The sector has 67,900 military and civilian workers who make an average of $54,900, and the...

  • Seated volleyball keeps wounded warriors on their toes

    Updated: Sun, May 11, 2014

    They have to take it sitting down. The ball careens wildly over the net and 12 hands stretch for it, but one rule makes reaching it elusive for the team from Fort Carson's Warrior Transition Battalion. "You have to keep your butt on the floor at all times," explained the battalion's...

  • Fighter pilot will take controls as new AFA commandant

    Updated: Thu, May 8, 2014

    Col. Stephen Williams, a fighter pilot and 1989 Air Force Academy graduate, will be the school's next commandant of cadets, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Williams will take command of the school's 4,000 cadets this summer when Maj. Gen. Gregory Lengyel leaves the position to take...

  • Lamborn amendment would hamper planned cuts at Peterson Air Force Base

    Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    Rep. Doug Lamborn hopes his amendment to the defense budget will snarl the Air Force's plan to eliminate a flying squadron and four C-130 aircraft at Peterson Air Force base. Lamborn's provision blocks the cut until the Air Force can prove that taking 200 airmen from Peterson Air...

  • Guard holds wildfire readiness training

    Updated: Wed, May 7, 2014

    The Colorado National Guard trained to deal with wildfires May 3 during an exercise in Douglas County.The drill saw Guard troops coordinating their efforts with civilian authorities and setting up road blocks to control an area. Those are the same skills the guard has employed during...

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