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.
  • Hundreds of Army vehicles will roll on I-25 south of Colorado Springs this week

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A Fort Carson brigade will start rolling rigs Tuesday morning to kick off three days of convoys as the unit sends more than 4,000 troops to the post's Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site for training. The convoys of up to 30 vehicles will proceed on several routes, but the main roads affected...

  • Revelers enjoy Monday's sun, but rain record still in jeopardy

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    A flirtation with the sun in the Pikes Peak region drew thousands of people outdoors Monday, but rain clouds won't race away any time soon. The high temperature in Colorado Springs hit the mid-60s Monday. That was enough for some residents to break out the shorts and flip-flops at...

  • Get ready for Air Force Thunderbirds in the skies over Colorado Springs

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Clear weather should also greet the Air Force Thunderbirds, who on Tuesday will practice their annual graduation air show over the Colorado Springs area. The F-16 fighter jets from the flying team will roar over the academy from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Tuesday and plan another...

  • Keep these tips in mind if you're attending Air Force graduation

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    The Air Force Academy's Class of 2015 will graduate Thursday amid pomp and ceremony. Here's a rundown on the event. - Get there early: Falcon Stadium opens at 7 a.m., and the ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. So, if you want to be there on time, plan to hit the road before 6...

  • Air Force Academy cemetery elicits tales of heroism, war

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    Gen. Curtis LeMay, who led America's last bombing campaigns of World War II, rests near master Sgt. William Crawford, who risked his life to take out enemy machine gun nests in Italy, earning him the Medal of Honor. Across the way, Maj. Phil Ambard, killed in an Afghanistan attack,...

  • Air Force Academy graduation flyover, hat toss is an exact science

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    The perfectly timed hat toss at the Air Force Academy's graduation has one unlikely ingredient: duct tape. That tape, applied to a plastic pipe atop the press box at Falcon Stadium, causes 1,000 cadet hats to launch skyward as F-16s from the Air Force Thunderbirds flash overhead with...

  • Air Force Academy cadets' tiny drone gliders win in research contest

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Swarms of tiny drones could revolutionize how first responders see disasters thanks to work from senior cadets at the Air Force Academy. The miniature aircraft designed by cadets in the school's aeronautical engineering could map wildfires, radiation leaks or chemical attacks...

  • Former airmen muscle through Air Force Academy to become lieutenants

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    Senior cadet Andrew Dane knew he would make it through Air Force Academy basic training even as upperclassmen screamed at him. "It's easier than being deployed," said the Afghanistan veteran who was wounded in action. His classmate, senior cadet Jordan Myers, said he was...

  • Five Fort Carson troops died at war since last Memorial Day

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Five Pikes Peak region troops have died overseas since last Memorial Day. All were assigned to the 4th Brigade Combat Team at Fort Carson. Here's who they were. - Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, 21, of Thornton, Colo., died May 28 after a helicopter crash in...

  • Fort Carson ceremony honors soldiers who died in 2014

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Hundreds of soldiers stood stiffly in frigid drizzle Thursday as mournful weather greeted a ceremony to honor Fort Carson's war dead. The post added seven names to stones that bear the identities of 379 soldiers killed from Fort Carson since 2003. "We commemorate their service, their...

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