Some *******s need to be smacked
- 07-07-2005, 09:29 AM
Some *******s need to be smacked
A friend sent me this recent response to an angry reader's question. I
checked the on-line edition of the newspaper and the article/incident is
legit. It is a poignant reply.
An "Opinions" letter posted in the Phoenix, Az. newspaper the "Arizona
Republic" on Jun 30, 2005.
Subject: F-16 noise complaint...
From the Arizona Republic online.....
Quote: A wake-up call from Luke's jets
Jun. 23, 2005 12:00 AM
"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 reply is classic, and a testament to the professionalism and heroism of
the folks in the armed services. The response:
Quote: 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 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, 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. Scott Pleus
CO 63rd Fighter Squadron
Luke Air Force Base
- 07-07-2005, 02:52 PM
lol owned. Anyone who has lived in az knows that luke was out in the middle of nowhere and that the rapid growth of the phoenix metropolitian area forced the city to grow towards the air force base. Anyone who purchased a house near luke has no excuse to argue about the noise. That base was there long before those homes.
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