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asjazwa
08-17-2009, 11:08 PM
hey guys i just watched the video in whats not on the news thread. and i got this email the other day and i had to post this.

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:

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 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

i must say thank you to each and every man or woman that has or is serving this country.

andrew.

luvitdurty
08-17-2009, 11:32 PM
Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

corwyyn
08-18-2009, 12:59 AM
I've read it before but it is still soooo true!

slickrrr
08-18-2009, 08:32 AM
that is an awesome letter, and I cant stand people complaining about planes when they buy a house next to an air base, there are issues about where the new f-35 is going to go due to noise, I say f-em, put the jets where ever the air force needs them

SHNIPE
08-18-2009, 03:42 PM
Thank you to Capt. Fresques for his sacrifice in making this world safer for my family and friends. Thank you to his family for enduring the pain and hardship of losing a loved one for the same reason.

God bless all the airmen and crew out at Luke and around the world doing the same as Capt. Fresques.

Phtmphxr
08-30-2009, 12:30 AM
that is an awesome letter, and I cant stand people complaining about planes when they buy a house next to an air base, there are issues about where the new f-35 is going to go due to noise, I say f-em, put the jets where ever the air force needs them

I remember when Luke was 15 miles outside of town! And I agree F-EM, The base was there first and they bought the house (you got what you paid for Air Base and Air traffic included) :smug:

JET NOISE THE SOUND OF FREEDOM!!!

GOTMTNS
08-30-2009, 01:05 AM
I remember when Luke was 15 miles outside of town! And I agree F-EM, The base was there first and they bought the house (you got what you paid for Air Base and Air traffic included) :smug:

JET NOISE THE SOUND OF FREEDOM!!!

I remember those days too, most of their kids went to school with us out in Glendale and Luke used to be a yearly field trip. Those were the good days when people thought we were nuts for living all the way out at 67th and Greenway.

I love the sound of jets and god knows it made me better on 9/11 when they were up there circling the valley all night.

stevekim7d2
08-30-2009, 08:01 AM
Man I wish I had Air Force Jets flying over my house, I love that sound, very empowering, it is the sound of Freedom, and strenght and power and America,and so cool to look at and show the kids, I have to go to Tucson to see them, just awsome watching them take off as I am driving..........Unfortunatley the last time I saw them fly over Mesa was Sept. 11th.

Mobius
10-09-2009, 08:42 PM
I worked at an autobody shop in San Diego for a couple years that was positioned directly in line with the outgoing runway for MCAS Miramar. It was quite an experience to have the f-18 Hornets taking off directly overhead all day long. The sound of freedom indeed. Too many people are way too detached from that these days...

GRUNT
10-09-2009, 09:18 PM
I grew up under the flight path for Williams. We did not mind it a bit. Heck, I used to sprint out into the horse pastures to see the jets and wave. It made my day, when most of them would dip their wing a couple times at me. One time a C-130 passed and then circled around and I could see the crew chief and another airman waving from the side hatches, I lost my voice because I was screaming for joy so loudly!

eyehatetofu
10-09-2009, 09:54 PM
Man I wish I had Air Force Jets flying over my house, I love that sound, very empowering, it is the sound of Freedom, and strenght and power and America,and so cool to look at and show the kids, I have to go to Tucson to see them, just awsome watching them take off as I am driving..........Unfortunatley the last time I saw them fly over Mesa was Sept. 11th.

I see em everyday flying around and I sit outside my house sometimes and watch them its pretty sweet. The noise is crazy, it'll be super loud sometimes and then just stop. Kinda weird.

sally
10-10-2009, 07:52 AM
I see them every other day when they call me out to go under them hehe..They are cool but extremely loud underneath and even more so when your ear plugs fall out..