A great deal of thought went into selecting a site for all the military bases that have been built in this country. The planners selected sites that were as remote as possible from inhabited areas so that the 24/7/365 activity of training would not disturb the local population.
As time went by the civilian population has encroached upon these bases with business, housing developments, schools, churches, recreational areas etc. Today many military bases are completely surrounded right up to the boundaries of the base. Whether this country is involved in a military conflict or not training must go on, some of it at odd hours of the day and some of it being very loud. Most of the civilian population living near a base does not understand this and are of the opinion that the military does it to antagonize them personally. Many base commanders have to routinely field complaints about the activities on their base.
This is a complaint to a military base and the response I saw in an email. It may or may not be a real complaint however it is very typical of many that I personally saw while stationed at a Naval Air Station.
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.
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.
The United States is currently engaged in war in several foreign countries. With all the men and women in the military serving abroad and here at home, one would think that most everyone would be intimately aware of what it is like to be in the service or a spouse, child, parent or other close family member of a deployed service member. Actually those persons only compromise about one percent of the total population of this country. Most everyone has at one time or another been in the military or had a family member in the military or knew someone who was or is in the military. However they have not had to say goodbye to a deploying spouse, father, mother, son, daughter, sister or brother and wonder when or if they would ever see loved one again. For those of us not in that situation it is easy to forget the sacrifices being made to preserve freedom for us all. The next time you are annoyed by that low flying jet, the convoy conducting maneuvers slowing you down or want to complain about the noise from the live firing exercise, remember that those annoyances are part of what allows you to enjoy so many freedoms, even the one to complain.
I think the last paragraph in the response to the complaint says it best:
And remember only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you,
And the American Soldier
One died for your soul,
The other for your freedom.