True Story…..

From Dick Leister  1949, 1951 C

Hard to not pass this on…

True  Story…..

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 thatit 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-1 6s 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.


“Send ’em up, I’ll  wait!” 
Love it!  This has got to be one of the greatest quotes of all time.
I thought this might make you smile. 🙂
  …conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.

Iranian Air Defense Site: ‘Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.’
Aircraft: ‘This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.’
Air Defense Site: ‘You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!’
Aircraft: ‘This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter.  Send ’em up, I’ll wait!’

Air Defense Site: ( … total silence) 

God bless our troops.  There is something about aMarine that makes other countries listen to reason. 

How ALL phones SHOULD be answered!


Please Press ‘1’ for English..

Press ‘2’ to disconnect until you learn to speak English.  

And remember only two 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.

If you agree…….Keep it  going.



One response to “True Story…..

  1. Another good post from Dick. As a former Marine,
    I completely agree with the commentary. There are few things as intimidating as a Marine Fighter Aircraft.