Tom Roeder

Senior 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.

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​The North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs has been busy this month chasing Bears. On Sept. 21, four naval variants of the Russian Bear bomber were spotted snooping off the coast of Alaska. It was the third Bear sighting by NORAD this month.

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The U.S. Air Force motto is "aim high." The new motto for Canadian forces could be "I'm high."

Under regulations finalized this month Canada's military is cleared to smoke marijuana. The change comes as Canada embraces marijuana legalization, bringing its military in line with the new policy for civilians.

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​In November's election, Colorado's outsized pull on one powerful House committee will be in the balance.

With a pair of leading Republicans in Reps. Doug Lamborn and Mike Coffman sitting in powerful positions on the House Armed Services Committee, Colorado has had a relatively easy ride in recent years on military matters. Colorado Springs has gotten an influx of troops, and more missions thanks to the pair.

The charges released by the academy are without precedent in the school's 64-year history, with two seniors facing up to five years behind bars in the case on allegations of obstruction of justice and dereliction of duty. In the past, hazing cases have been handled through the school's administrative discipline process, making this the first criminal hazing case in academy history.

Karen Pence kicked off a Trump administration effort to boost military spouses with a stop at Fort Carson Thursday and the vice-president's spouse said her recent move to Washington has helped her relate to the plight of military families.

"I have gained a better understanding," Mrs. Pence said as she outlined Trump initiatives to help spouses find steady work amid the nomadic life of military families.

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