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.
‘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
impres s the cashiers at Mervyns early bird special? Any response would be
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
serv icemen 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
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
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
One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
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