A wake-up call from
certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back.
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
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
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.
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
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, Arizona