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Subj:     Two Letters About A F-16 Flyby (s552c)
          From: ginafm on 8/13/2007
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Luke Air Force Base 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, I hope it 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" (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, 
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

From: MikeChristo on 9/2/2007
Yes, this one's true.   But in case you haven't seen the rest of the story, I thought it might interest you:  http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/wakeup.asp