I am a 100% red blooded American, born and raised in Texas, (Thank God), 21 miles from Fort Hood, Texas. There is a letter I am gonna put in the blog shortly that made me think to write this. I now live six miles from an ammunition plant, and in both places, yes it got and gets loud, and yes we have had people call and say the noise is destroying their homes or shaking the pictures off their walls. Come on people, (give them a break). There's Luke AFB, Mc ammo plant, Camp LeJuene, Twenty-Nine palms, Fort Hood, these are just a few of the places of our protectors, places were they become military strong. Friends have we in the few years that have gone bye, forgotten that it was us who was attacked, have we forgotten 9-11, the World Trade Center, our American Embassies, our army and marine barracks in allied countries and our other interests abroad. I believe most of America has. You know I really don't like war, I have just comes to grips with the fact that there will always be a battle or war going on. Even when the time comes as the Bible has predicted that the World will say we have peace and safety then will come sudden destruction. I guess what chaps my butt is, Mother's, Father's, sister's and brother's, young and old, our soldiers knew and know what they signed up to do, (whether you all want to embrace that is up to you), that's to defend the boundaries of this once great United States of America and our interests abroad. And I say from the bottom of my heart, thank you so very much. But let those who gave it all for their country be laid to rest with dignity and respect, and when we turn to repay them for their sacrifice, let us honor them with honor.
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.
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 wanna-bes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's early bird special?
Any response would be appreciated.
What you are about to read, please read slowly and with respect.
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 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 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.,
I found this letter moving and I really hope you do to. Friends next time we get upset about F16's flying low, old ammo being destroy and it shakes the pictures off, or our military practicing war games and it seems so close. Instead of writing a letter to your President, Congressman, Senator, or even to a Commander of a Military base near you, stand to your feet, say a little prayer and give thanks to the Only 2 defining forces who have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.
Shalom and Peace to Israel