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Air Force Lt. Colonel Spanks Complainer

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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.




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 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.





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p.s. the complainer, a vietnam vet, wrote back to the paper to apologize.




I read that apology letter and found it ironic in that he calls himself a Navy Vet and yet, reacted in a such a knee jerk reaction. As a former member of the US Airforce, I too would admit that I wouldn't have known the significance of the formation. However, I would also acknowledge that they just do 'something for nothing' and if my concerns were that great, I would've initiated a query to find out what was happening vs simply 'sounding off' in an ill informed manner. And if I never found an answer (i.e none of my business), then so be it...but that's embarrassingkooky.gif

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Back in the day, a similar whine was published in a paper near an Air Force Base about the noise the planes made.


The Base Commander answered the whine with this " The sound you are unhappy with is the Sound of Freedom!


That put the "noise" into perspective and the paper never had another complaint about it.

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To ALL Members, As a Retired Sr Chief from the Navy after 30 years service, I am ashamed that this person served in My Navy, Please trust me, this man in no way shape or form is a reflection of the men and women serving today and days of the past in any branch of Military.


This man full fills the profile of a Typical Sea Gull ,they Eat, Schitt, and Squawk. Al

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One of the most moving moments you can imagine is when that flight of four gets over the gravesite and one of the planes cuts in the afterburners and roars straight up, honoring the "missing wingman".


I get choked up just remembering it...and some lost friends.



USAF 66-71

Viet Nam FAC 70-71

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