Variations: Later versions of this piece attribute
Origins: This is one of those items for which any additional commentary would only serve as a distracting embellishment, so we'll just present the details here and let the story tell itself.
On 8 June 2005 the following item appeared in the Albuquerque Tribune:
Fresques was 26. He left behind a wife — also an Air Force captain — and his parents. His sacrifice — and theirs — in the name of our nation's security and the cause of democracy was immense.
About a week later,
Everyone involved in such a service considers it an honor. The fliers. The honor guard. The bugler who plays taps. All of us.2
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
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.
Tom MacRae, Peoria3
The "wake-up call" witnessed the morning of June 15 was a formation of
It is unfortunate that at a time when our nation is at war someone would believe we have less than honorable and professional reasons for such a mission.
The commander of the fighter squadron was given the difficult duty of informing the family of
On behalf of the men and women at Luke Air Force Base, we continue to keep Jeremy and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
Col. Robin Rand
Luke Air Force Base4
On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of
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
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
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
Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base5
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,
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, Peoria6
1. The Albuquerque Tribune. "Editorial: Bouquets & Brickbats." 8 June 2005. 2. Montini, E.J. "Mission of Honor Managed to Fly Under Our Radar." The Arizona Republic. 26 June 2005. 3. The Arizona Republic. "A Wake-Up Call from Luke's Jets." Letters to the Editor. 23 June 2005. 4. The Arizona Republic. "'Wake-Up' Flight Was Memorial Service." Letters to the Editor. 24 June 2005. 5. The Arizona Republic. "Flyby Honored Fallen Comrade." Letters to the Editor. 28 June 2005. 6. The Arizona Republic. "An Apology from the Heart to the Airmen of Luke." Letters to the Editor. 9 July 2005.