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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.

AFA GRADUATION
Freshly minted 2nd Lieutenant Caroline Cotton hoists fellow AFA graduate Christy Allen at the conclusion of graduation exercises Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Air Force Academh. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
Cadets toss their hats in the air as the Thunderbirds fly over at the end of the 2017 Air Force Academy graduation ceremony. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette.
Lukas Waldron's mom (left) graduated AFA in 1983. She was first in family to go military.
Lukas Waldron's mom (left) graduated AFA in 1983. She was first in family to go military.
APTOPIX Trump Budget
Budget Director Mick Mulvaney holds up a copy of President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal 2018 federal budget as he speaks to members of the media in the Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Eight hundred and seventy-nine hats were tossed into the air on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 when the 2006 graduating class officially commenced during a ceremony at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Gazette, Bryan Oller
A crew drills a new well Wednesday, May 17, 2017, at the Southmoor Water Treatment Plant for the Widefield Water and Sanitation District. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
From left, Joey Bautista, Fort Carson Volunteer Services manager, presents a check for more than $4.1 million - representing the estimated manpower cost savings of volunteers - to Jill Nugin, acting director, Army Community Service; Maj. Gen. Ryan F. Gonsalves, commanding general, 4th Infantry Division and Fort Carson; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Crosby, 4th Inf. Div. and Fort Carson; and Janet Gonsalves, Fort Carson Army Volunteer Corps adviser. (Army Photo by Alexandra Flodin)
A poster of Cadet 1st Class (senior) Kaleb Estes, of Cadet Squadron 39, stands behind the Cadet Wing Honor Guard during their posting of the colors for Estes' memorial service that held at Cadet Protestant Chapel on Thursday May 18, 2017. Estes died May 7 in a commercial skydiving accident near Ellicott, Colorado. Photo by Dougal Brownlie, The Gazette.