~*~*~ This is Base off a true Story ~*~*~

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~*~*~ This is Base off a true Story ~*~*~

by April Foulks (Notes) on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 3:05am

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‎~*~*~ This is Base off a true Story ~*~*~

True Story…..

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


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


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.



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