What a letter !!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by NRA Guy, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. NRA Guy

    NRA Guy Refuse to be a Victim

    AMEN to this. This is outstanding.

    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=2 0mall.

    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 9:11 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 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 respect20the 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.

    Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.
  2. ezbite

    ezbite the Susan Lucci of OGF

    thats the best thing ive read all year. !%

  3. triton175

    triton175 STX 206 Viper

    Outstanding response!

    Thanks to Capt. Fresques for his service and sacrifice. God bless all who serve.
  4. I guess there's nothing else that can be said to that.

    God bless Capt. Fresques for his service and God bless those that are still serving.
  5. Gju42486

    Gju42486 Banned

    wow---thats great. Really hit home and let the "complaintant" know what was up. Great letter.
  6. Here is the snopes site for this. Wake up complaint

    The guy eventually apologized for his letter after finding out the reason for the flyover.
  7. Great response...I love it!
  8. This world has way to many complainers. How could you not just be amazed at the sight of the aircrafts and give thanks to the freedoms we enjoy...
  9. CDL


    Wow. I'm speechless. Awesome letter. Thank God for the troops and especially those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.
  10. Ruminator

    Ruminator TeamOGF

    Wow, that choked me up!

    Thanks for posting this... Simply Excellent.
  11. Great response, also nice to see that there was an apology. Really does pay to think before you open youre mouth.
  12. well said,,,,,,,,, salute to captin fresques,
  13. cantsleep

    cantsleep 3rd shift blues

    It would have been awesome to see the look on the complainers face as he read that response.
    And another thank you to all those serving.