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.
  • Wake up, GI's: Fort Carson's going back to early morning start

    Updated: Thu, May 7, 2015

    The Army is going back to getting up early. Soldiers will report for duty at 5:30 a.m. starting May 18 - more than three hours earlier than the post's 9 a.m. start time of recent months. The Army moved to banker's hours after planners decided it's too cold and dark to do early...

  • Air Force Academy cadet released from Virginia hospital after heart attack

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    An Air Force Academy cadet who suffered a heart attack during spring break has been released from a Virginia hospital, her family said on Twitter. Hailey Lane, whose struggle to recover from the March 23 incident grew into a Twitter movement under the hashtag #HaileyStrong, was headed...

  • No witnesses or arguments at Air Force Academy sexual assault hearing

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Government lawyers called no witnesses and made no arguments in presenting their sexual assault case against an Air Force Academy cadet Tuesday. Instead, prosecutors relied on investigative paperwork and a pair of video recordings to show why sophomore cadet Zachary L. Chubb should...

  • Air Force Academy ceremony honors Tuskegee Airmen

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    Lt. Col. James Harvey III represents a dying breed of World War II veterans and a special group within that aging bunch - airmen who overcame bigotry and hate to fly for their nation. He was the sole original Tuskegee Airman to attend a ceremony in the group's honor at the Air Force...

  • Plea deal could be in works for accused Fort Carson soldiers

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    Two Fort Carson soldiers waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Monday to air evidence on charges they raped a Colorado Springs teenager. Prosecutors allege Spc. Noel A. Acevedo-Mercado and Pfc. John C. Donathan met the 17-year-old girl at an October party in the woods off...

  • A history lesson and cake help Fort Carson soldiers adjust to name change

    Updated: Sun, May 3, 2015

    Piles of cake and a talk about history helped Fort Carson's 2nd Brigade Combat Team deal with something of an identity crisis. Last month, the unit switched names, dropping the 4th Brigade Combat Team moniker in favor of the new title, which belonged to a unit that was folded this...

  • USS Colorado skipper, crew visit namesake state

    Published: Sun, May 3, 2015

    DENVER - The USS Colorado is coming together like puzzle pieces, the submarine's commander said on a visit to its namesake state. The 377-foot attack submarine is being build in sections, which skipper Cmdr. Ken Franklin says is similar to how modular homes are constructed. Then with...

  • Ground support missions in Afghanistan helped 2008 Air Force Academy grad win award

    Updated: Sat, May 2, 2015

    Capt. Kyle Babbitt flew a plane so ugly that its presence was enough to scare away Taliban fighters threatening U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Twenty times he roared in low for "show of force" missions during nearly a year flying combat missions from Bagram Air Base. During a...

  • Air Force Secretary to speak at academy's graduation

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James will deliver the keynote address to graduating Air Force Academy cadets in Colorado Springs May 28. The event will be open to the public. Details on ticket availability haven't been announced. The graduation, which the school earlier announced is...

  • Fort Carson officials don't expect traffic issues with new rules regarding visitors

    Updated: Thu, Apr 30, 2015

    Fort Carson officials say they expect smooth sailing at the post's gates Friday despite tighter security rules for visitors. The new rules require Fort Carson visitors to get a background check and pass from military police before driving onto the post. A preregistration program for...

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