Tuesday, September 30, 2008



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 the

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 Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and


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

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

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.


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