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.
  • Colorado airmen called on to fight California wildfires

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    Crews and planes from the 302nd Airlift Wing in Colorado Springs flew Monday to fight growing wildfires that had blacked 124,000 acres in California. Three C-130 transport plans and 28 airmen roared from Peterson Air Force Base Monday morning and leaders planned to drop retardant to...

  • General to Air Force Academy graduates: You're idiots

    Updated: 10 hr ago

    A graduation speaker at the Air Force Academy had an odd message for three cadets who joined the ranks of the class of 2015 after wrapping up summer work last week. "You're idiots," retired Brig. Gen. Robert Giffen said during a ceremony at the academy's visitor's center. Giffen...

  • Tougher basic training trims Air Force Academy's freshman class


    The Air Force Academy's class of 2019 will finish basic training about 6 percent smaller than it was when the basics arrived at the school in June. The class, which began with 1,248 would-be cadets on June 26, ended Saturday. But a basic training that commanders call the most...

  • Colorado Springs police: Man shoots self in leg while cleaning gun


    A man shot himself in the leg while trying to clean his weapon Saturday night, Colorado Springs police said. Police say the shooting happened before 7 p.m. at the Peak Apartments in the 4400 block of East Pikes Peak Avenue. The man was cleaning a gun when it discharged, putting a...

  • Flag-guarding friendships could spur exercise effort

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    Travis Weston guarded a barbecue in Memorial Park Saturday night, flipping burgers and hot dogs for the companions he met during a weeklong armed vigil outside Colorado Springs City Hall. Weston, a Denver veteran, gained notoriety in Colorado Springs last month for packing a pistol...

  • Deputies: Security burglary spree ended in rollover wreck

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    An early morning burglary spree in Security on Saturday ended in a car chase and rollover wreck, El Paso County deputies said. The Sheriff's office said that before 4 a.m. a diminutive burglar wiggled through a pet door at a home on Estrella Vista Street and nabbed the keys to a 2007...

  • 3 new laws will benefit Colorado veterans

    Updated: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    A measure that will allow military honors to be displayed on handicap license plates is one of three veteran-friendly Colorado General Assembly measures becoming law Wednesday. Colorado Springs Republican Rep. Kit Roupe said she wrote HB-1026 to give extra honor to those disabled in...

  • Colorado Springs group ends guard over recruiting office; Pentagon issues order to protect such sites

    Updated: Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    Armed civilians have stopped guarding recruiting depot in Colorado Springs, but the Pentagon on Thursday pledged its own steps to heighten security in the wake of the Tennessee shootings - including more armed troops. A memo penned by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter calls for "action...

  • Pikes Pub: Blue moon the perfect occasion to celebrate with a beer

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    If you only drink once in a blue moon, Friday is your day. July 31 brings the second full moon of the month, a phenomenon called a blue moon. That happens about once every three years. The timing is perfect for Golden's Blue Moon Brewing Co. They're planning to celebrate the...

  • Air Force Academy program provides therapy to wounded warriors

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Wounded, injured and ill airmen sat tall in the saddle last week as they rode through an Air Force Academy program designed to give them a key healing ingredient. "Confidence," said retired Tech. Sgt. Larry O'Neil, who has spent years battling the hidden mental wounds that followed...

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