View Full Version : Hope you're Happy now, you ungrateful P.O.S.

01-22-2009, 05:31 PM
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.

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 9:12 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.


01-22-2009, 05:34 PM
That is seriously awesome!

Looks like the commander kicked that guy in the nuts pretty hard.

Really cool!

01-22-2009, 05:39 PM
The guy eventually apologized...


01-22-2009, 06:10 PM
Takes a hell of a man to step up an apologize like he did. All is forgiven here.

01-22-2009, 06:46 PM
Takes a hell of a man to step up an apologize like he did. All is forgiven here.

Until I read it Skidog, I figured you were about to spend a night in the box!:rolleyes::D

01-22-2009, 06:51 PM
I like the..... oh wait a minute.

01-22-2009, 06:57 PM
just proves how out of touch people are...

01-22-2009, 07:04 PM
Takes a hell of a man to step up an apologize like he did.
All is forgiven here.


To his credit, the complainant, Mr. MacRae, tendered a written apology which was published in The Republic on 9 July:
Regarding "Flyby honoring fallen comrade":

I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an Air Force flyby ("A wake-up call from Luke's jets," Letters, June 23).

I had no idea of the significance of the flyby, and would never have insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.

I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have served at Luke, and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized for any discomfort my letter has caused.

This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.

I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman and woman in this war in which we are engaged.

I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that I must address that. I served in the U.S. Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I love my country and respect the jobs that the service organizations are doing.

Please accept my heartfelt apologies.

Tom MacRae,

01-22-2009, 07:10 PM

I wonder if he ran that response through 56 FW/PA? :D

Good stuff.

dog paw
01-22-2009, 07:39 PM
Man being a Veitnam vet, (I'd assume he would be in his 50's) he would know what was going on....

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01-22-2009, 08:17 PM
Talk about wanting to crawl under a rock!!!

That guy felt like he was an inch tall after that....

01-22-2009, 09:38 PM

I wonder if he ran that response through 56 FW/PA? :D

Good stuff.

Haha, I bet not!! You know, I'd be willing to bet the whole wing was so PO'd after the initial letter that the Wing Commander probably ORDERED the squadron commander to write a reply (and then told his PA to shut up and color). Flyers in general and fighter guys in particular are good at calling a spade a spade, so the response didn't surprise me too much (I loved it!!).

Like some have already said, when the guy realized how important the missing man is as a salute to a fallen brother/sister, he saw the error of his ways and apologized...good on him. I can see a non-flyer not knowing the significance.

01-22-2009, 11:12 PM
That is the best response I've ever seen.

01-22-2009, 11:54 PM
Hats off to the dude for eating crow, and the military for standing by the flight.

01-23-2009, 08:50 AM
Humility is always a good wake up call for any individual and whether there is noise or no noise from a F-16, doing a fly-by or just doing routine training no one should question the noise from those servicemen who are protecting this country and our freedom. I am glad he wrote the retraction and the fact he is a Vet weighs heavy but we should all realize the importance and duty of our service men and women who serve our country willingly to make sure "WE" can have the freedom we have here. Kudos for the Military for setting those facts about why they were doing the flyby !!!!!! GOD BLESS

01-23-2009, 09:50 AM
Good Read thanks !!!

01-23-2009, 10:02 AM
Thanks for posting this..........although I was never lucky enough to have served......my Dad's stories about serving in the Pacific Theater during WW II..........and his yearly trips to his units reunion, the 72nd SeaBees, have given me a great ammount of respect to those that do serve.:headbang: