Subject: : Noise Complaint at Luke AFB, AZ
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
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.
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base: Whom do we thank for the
morning air show? Last Wednesday, at 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 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.
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
The letter 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 freedom.
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr. USAF
Steve Nunes@ Noon-Air Heating & A/C
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