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Tom Roeder

Weekend/Military Editor

  • Fort Carson soldier remembered for humor, leadership

    Updated: Tue, Jun 10, 2014

    The Wykstra clan packed into Fort Carson's Provider Chapel Tuesday morning. Soldiers shuffled to make more room as four reserved rows of pews proved inadequate for the family during the memorial service for Pfc. Jacob Wykstra, 21-year-old Thornton man who died in Afghanistan on May...

  • VA orders probe of Colorado Springs veterans clinics

    Updated: Mon, Jun 9, 2014

    An audit on Veterans Affairs health care wait times has triggered a deeper probe of the agency's clinics in Colorado Springs, the VA announced Monday. At issue is whether workers in Colorado Springs falsified reports to make wait times for health care appear shorter. The VA's...

  • Memories forged on D-Day last a lifetime for Colorado Springs veteran

    Updated: Fri, Jun 6, 2014

    On this date 70 years ago, Duke Boswell's most important possession was a child's toy worth less than 10 cents that made a clicking sound when squeezed. The 90-year-old Colorado Springs man had 70 pounds of other gear with him that day - a rifle, hundreds of .30-caliber rounds, cans...

  • Colorado Springs veterans voice concern over deal to free POW Bergdahl

    Updated: Tue, Jun 3, 2014

    They're happy that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in friendly hands after five years in apparent Taliban captivity, but some Pikes Peak region veterans say they're worried about the deal the U.S. cut in trading five prisoners to secure one soldier's freedom. Bergdahl was freed Saturday...

  • Program connects Fort Carson soldiers with students

    Updated: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    The tug-of-war game seemed lopsided. On one end of the rope were half a dozen burly Fort Carson soldiers wearing combat uniforms and cowhide gloves. On the other end: a class of exuberant fifth-graders. The soldiers battled for about 15 seconds before a decisive loss. "What are...

  • Normandy landing an honor for Air Force Academy cadet

    Updated: Sun, Jun 1, 2014

    An Air Force Academy cadet will join American and European parachutists Friday to commemorate the aerial assault that preceded the D-Day landings in France that turned the tide of World War II 70 years ago. Senior cadet Michelle Ferguson of Lakeview, Minn., will leap in daylight onto...

  • Academy revamps flight programs to address neighbors' concerns over noise, safety

    Updated: Fri, May 30, 2014

    The U.S. Air Force Academy is trying to quiet down its flying programs this summer to appease neighbors who have demanded changes. At a meeting at Discovery Canyon Campus, east of the school, leaders on Thursday outlined plans to fly higher and reopen an alternate airfield outside...

  • Biden challenges graduating Air Force Academy cadets to create a 'new world order'

    Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    Under a blazing sun, Vice President Joe Biden challenged graduating Air Force Academy cadets to help create a "new world order for the 21st century." Biden called on images from the end of World War II, part of a White House push to burnish a foreign policy that has been challenged...

  • Thunderbirds happy to return to Colorado Springs sky for AFA graduation

    Updated: Wed, May 28, 2014

    The Air Force Thunderbirds practiced Tuesday to fly once again over Falcon Stadium for Wednesday's graduation. In normal times, that's not news. The Thunderbirds have rocketed over Colorado Springs to celebrate the Air Force Academy's graduations nearly every year since the 1960s....

  • As graduation looms, Air Force Academy sets goal for next academic year: Stability

    Updated: Tue, May 27, 2014

    As the Air Force Academy gets ready to graduate the class of 2014, leaders at the school say the next academic year will be marked by something strange. Stability. After a grueling year of budget turmoil that led to the elimination of 10 academic majors and pink slips for 3 percent...