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.

Environmental Chief Fred Brooks discusses the unplanned water discharge from a Peterson fire training area during a press conference outside the Peterson Air Force Base on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. About 150,000 gallons of water being held in a fire training area retention tank was discharged into the CSU sewer system last week. The tank held water that contained an elevated level of perfluorinated compounds, a residual component of a firefighting foam historically used at the base for emergency response. Peterson authorities discovered the discharge during a routine tank inspection on October 12. The tank is part of a system used to recirculate water to the fire training area. Photo by Stacie Scott, The Gazette
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Smiling ear to ear, World War II pilot Frank Royal, 101, walks arm in arm with his son, Randy Royal (right), and granddaughter Kallie Royal after having what he called his "final flight". Royal sat in the co-pilot seat while flying in formation with the fully restored P38 Lightning that he flew in World War II on a special flight on Monday, October 17, 2016. Royal went into hospice care last week, but had a last flight on his bucket list. The plane was rescued from the jungles of New Guinea and brought to Colorado Springs to be restored at Westpac Restorations and become a part of the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Coloado Springs. photo by Jerilee Bennett,The Gazette
Volunteers with Toni & Guy Hairdressing Academy were on hand to give free haircuts to veterans Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the El Paso County Homeless Veterans Coalition annual Stand Down at the Colorado Springs City Auditorium. Army Veteran Robert Tallerdy, foreground, got a haircut from student Edwin Soto. Photo by Mark Reis, The Gazette
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Julie Christopher drops off her primary election ballot at a 24 hour ballot drop box outside the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office in June. The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office joined the state by instructing voters to bring their ballots straight to the ballot box to make sure they get counted. Michael Ciaglo, The Gazette
Using the optical sensors shown on this Stryker vehicle at Fort Carson along with computers and a mix of weapons, leaders say units like the post's 1st Brigade Combat Team would make any enemy pay heavily on the battlefield. (Army Photo Staff Sgt. Nancy Lugo)
Medic Sgt. Michael Graham works on a patient Thursday, Sept. 27, 2016, during the Iron Horse Best Medic Competition at Fort Carson. The competition, sponsored by the 4th Infantry Division, runs 72 hours and tests the medics' skills in combat casualty care, warrior skills, and physical endurance. The best team will compete at the Army Best Medic Competition at Camp Bullis in Texas in October. (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Manheim, Pa. (AP Photo/John Locher)