A great letter.....

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    Thumbs up A great letter.....

    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 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
    "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier
    and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the
    service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the
    love and thanks of man and woman."

    -- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)

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    well put.
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    RIP Capt. Jeremy Fresques, wherever you are......
    "Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined". - Patrick Henry

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    Great reply. Hope the idiot who complained crawled back in his hole and filled it in over himself.
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    Did some research, while the story is true names were changes, and there is a reply from the original letter writer.

    snopes.com: Luke Air Force Base Fly-By
    Last edited by archer51; January 29th, 2009 at 10:00 PM. Reason: added info

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    A fuller version on Snopes is even better:

    snopes.com: Luke Air Force Base Fly-By

    And yes, the original letter writer did a public mea culpa.

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    To his credit, the complainant, Mr. MacRae, tendered a written apology which was published in The Republic on 9 July:
    Regarding "Flyby honoring fallen comrade" (Letters, June 28):

    I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an Air Force flyby ("A wake-up call from Luke's jets," Letters, June 23).

    I had no idea of the significance of the flyby, and would never have insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.

    I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have served at Luke, and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized for any discomfort my letter has caused.This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.

    I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman and woman in this war in which we are engaged.

    I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that I must address that. I served in the U.S. Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I love my country and respect the jobs that the service organizations are doing.

    Please accept my heartfelt apologies.

    Tom MacRae, Peoria6
    Still a great letter
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    Get the U.S. out of the U.N.

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    promote that man to full col.

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    Great letter

    The response was great, the letter writer did tender a written apology, good on his part. I just love people who move into or around an airport and then complain of noise. Those complaints happen to prove to me how oblivious the majority of our population are to their surroundings.

    Personally as a phoenix resident, my boss hates when I hear Military aircraft because I always have to look up.

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    I've seen that before, but I can't read it without feeling the sadness for the loss of a brave airman and the sincere thanks for his sacrifice in defense of our nation. This is a fine letter, and I have no doubt that the resident who complained was truly embarrassed when he learned of his mistake. Thanks for posting.

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