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Luke AFB. The NERVE of some people!!!! But I LOVE the Lt. Col. reply!

Posted by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM
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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 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 30Memorial 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 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.


by on Jan. 25, 2009 at 11:31 AM
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by on Feb. 5, 2009 at 4:46 PM

Damn right.  Some people disgust me with their lack of respect for the obvious. 

I have my own opinions about war and politics, none of which are relevant when talking about our Soldiers.   Ill be one of the last people to line up in support of war but im at the front of the line when it comes to offering support and respect to our troops.  I hope that lady feels about 2 inches tall and watches her tongue in the future. 

 Lauren & Cara MOMS of SIX great kids!!! 

by on Feb. 6, 2009 at 7:01 PM

Thank GOD this was word so great.  

Thank you for the post. That Lt. COL.  DID A GREAT JOB!!


by on Feb. 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM

THANK YOU lt. col. prayers for his family

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