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Hats Off Air Force!!

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by eagles11, Jul 12, 2007.

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  1. eagles11

    eagles11 TS Member

    May 26, 2007
    Subject: A Wake-Up Call from 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 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

    The response:

    Regarding "A wake-up call from Luke's jets" (Letters, Thursday): On June 15,
    at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship flyby 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 flyby, 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 flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays 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 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.

    Lt. Col. Scott Pleus

    CO 63rd Fighter Squadron

    Luke AFB

    Enough said

    Jack Burch
    Molon Labe
  2. timb99

    timb99 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Beijing, China

    But there is a little more to the story.

    It happened in 2005, and the writer of the original complaint, a Viet Nam vet, later sent in a heartfelt apology which was published in the newspaper shortly thereafter.

    See the link.
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