F-16sWe should sometimes be very careful of the complaints we make in this life!
Patrick The Poet


This is soooooooo outstanding!…  
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.
When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB
officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:

Question 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 they trying to impress the cashiers at
Mervyns early-bird special?  Any response would be appreciated.

The response:
Regarding 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 Day.
At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at
Sunland Memorial Parkin 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.
A 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.
The letter writer asks, “Whom do we thank for the
morning airshow?” 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 two defining forces have ever offered to die for
you: Jesus Christ and the American Soldier.

One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Best wishes,
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
United States Air Force


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