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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.

In the Colorado Springs High School yearbook photo, a young Daniel Griffin smiles. He graduated in 1928 and enlisted in the Navy in 1930. (PPLD collection)
The USS Colorado undergoes pressure tests earlier this year at the Electric Boat shipyard in Connecticut. The submarine will be christened in a Saturday ceremony. (General Dynamics Photo)
Steve Bird, U.S. Army Chemical Material Activities, demonstrates Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, how the more than 780,000 chemical weapons will be deconstructed beginning as early as this fall at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot. The explosive destruction system shown is an earlier version first used at the Rocky Mountain Arsonel. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Jim Downing, a 103-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor, salutes the Patriot Guard Riders as he enters Lewis-Palmer Middle School to talk to students on Thursday, December 1, 2016. Downing will head to Pearl Harbor this weekend for the 75th anniversary of the attack. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
Soldiers tie down Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the deck of a rail car Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, as the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division loads track and wheeled vehicles onto rail cars at Fort Carson. The 2,800 vehicles are bound for nine countries in central and eastern Europe where soldiers are being deployed in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Members of a Fort Carson field artillery Salute Battery fired a salute Monday, November 21, 2016, for Col. Christopher T. Donahue, 4th Infantry Division Deputy Commander. The honor took place at a ceremony where Donahue was promoted to brigadier general. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
PIKES PEAK OR BUST RODEO
The Fort Carson Mounted Color Guard at the 2015 Cinch Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo at the Norris-Penrose Event Center on Saturday, July 11, 2015. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Seated in the co-pilot seat, World War II pilot Frank Royal, 101, gets ready to take off on his "final flight". Royal sat in the co-pilot seat while flying in formation with the fully restored P38 Lightning that he flew in World War II on a special flight on Monday, October 17, 2016. Royal went into hospice care last week, but had a last flight on his bucket list. The plane was rescued from the jungles of New Guinea and brought to Colorado Springs to be restored at Westpac Restorations and become a part of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Coloado Springs. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Sgt. Marc Scozzafava passes off turkeys donated and delivered by the Salvation Army to be loaded into a freezer at the Fort Carson Culinary Academy on Friday, November 18, 2016. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette