Luke AFB

Subject: Noise Complaint at Luke Air Force Base

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

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’ on 15 June 2008, precisely
09:12, 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

Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke
Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on 30 May 2008 , Memorial Day.

At 0900, 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 rifle 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

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; on 15 June what
the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their

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 we will 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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