Luke AFB is west of
Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization
that complains about the noise from the base and its planes,
forgetting that it was there long before they were. A
certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on
the back. Apparently, an individual who lives
somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper
complaining about a group of F-16s that disturbed his/her day
at the mall.
that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it
must Have stung quite a bit.
of the day for Luke Air Force Base:
Whom do we thank
for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely
9:11 A.M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass
over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road
at approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do
the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or
were theytrying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns early bird
Any response would be appreciated.
'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely
9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-16s from
the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over
the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques
was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke
Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial
At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends
gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the
loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter
writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet
noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the
playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of
Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on
behalf of the President of the United States and all
those veterans and servicemen and women who
understand the sacrifices they have endured..
four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force
gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We
are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on
June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers
lining up to pay their ultimate respects.
writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show?
The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and
forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt
Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their
honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation
of their lives.
Only 2 defining forces have ever
offered to die for you.... Jesus Christ and the American
Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
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