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What a Letter!

[COMMENT:  So wrote a friend of mine who sent this email below.     E. Fox]

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-16's 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-16's from the 63rd
Fighter Squadronat 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 Memoria l 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 ultimate respects.  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

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Date Posted -  01/19/2008   -   Date Last Edited - 09/15/2012