LUKE AFB

Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide

Welcome to Luke Air Force Base

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Welcome to Luke Air Force Base, where we take pride in training the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters.

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Newcomer's Information

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Newcomer's Information

Preplanning is essential for newcomers moving to Luke Air Force Base, whether for a permanent change of station, a temporary-duty assignment or a school tour. Three excellent sources of information for military moves are the websites for Air Force Housing, Military OneSource and the Automated Housing Referral Network.

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Moving Checklist

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Before Departure

Water

Gas

Electricity

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Housing

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Housing Management Office

The Housing Management Element is responsible for the Enlisted Dormitory Campus, referrals and relocation services, and oversight of privatized family housing.

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Medical Assistance

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Luke Air Force Base Clinic

The Luke Air Force Base Clinic is an outpatient medical facility staffed by the 56th Medical Group to support and provide a range of medical services that include primary and specialty care. It is in Building 1130.

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Airman & Family Services

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Airman and Family Readiness Center

The 56th Force Support Squadron (56 FSS) and Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC), in Building 1113 across from Fowler Park, offer programs and services for families and single Airmen, including the following.

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Morale, Welfare & Recreation

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Leisure & Recreation Activities

The 56th Force Support Squadron welcomes you to Arizona and Luke Air Force Base! We are responsible for enhancing the quality of life for the Air Force’s largest fighter wing by providing a wide range of mission-supporting recreational, educational and life-sustaining activities.

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Base Services

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American Red Cross

The American Red Cross, through its military and social services department, provides a worldwide system of emergency-related services that are available to military service members and their families.

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Luke Air Force Base History

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Luke Air Force Base History

In 1940, the U.S. Army sent a representative to Arizona to choose a site for an Army Air Corps training field for advanced training in conventional fighter aircraft.

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56th Fighter Wing

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56th Fighter Wing

The host command at Luke Air Force Base is the 56th Fighter Wing, which is organized under Air Education and Training Command. The wing’s mission is to “train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots, while deploying mission-ready war fighters.” The wing provides command guidance and operational control over the 56th Operations Group, 56th Maintenance Group, 56th Mission Support Group, 56th Medical Group and 54th Fighter Group, as well as being directly responsible for the following functional areas. read more

56th Mission Support Group

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56th Mission Support Group

The 56th Mission Support Group’s mission is to provide, protect and sustain Luke Air Force Base in order to enable the wing’s mission, enhance quality of life and strengthen capabilities through community partnerships.

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56th Operations Group

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56th Operations Group

The 56th Operations Group, headquartered in Building 997, has operational control and responsibility for the entire fighter training mission at Luke Air Force Base. The group is composed of an operations support squadron, a training squadron, an air control squadron, six fighter squadrons of F-16 Fighting Falcons, one fighter squadron for the F-35 Lightning II and one detachment. read more

56th Maintenance Group

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56th Maintenance Group

The 56th Maintenance Group provides aircraft maintenance on more than 135 F-16s for the Air Force’s only active-duty F-16 training wing. In 2011, the 56th Maintenance Group generated nearly 19,000 sorties for approximately 25,000 flight hours, playing a pivotal role in conducting safe and efficient training for 295 new F-16 pilots. As the largest maintenance group in the Air Force, the 56th Maintenance Group consists of more than 1,900 members, operating on an annual budget of $5.3 million to maintain all assigned F-16s and engine assets, valued at more than $6.2 billion. The 56th Maintenance Group also directly contributes to Luke’s second mission: training the world’s greatest F-16 crew chiefs. Through the Mission Ready Airmen program, 550 crew chiefs were trained last year on F-16 maintenance and flightline operations. read more

54th Fighter Group

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The 54th Fighter Group is located at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, but is under operational control of the 56th Fighter Wing commander at Luke AFB. The 54th Fighter Group is comprised of three squadrons, including the 311th Fighter Squadron, 54th Operational Support Squadron and 54th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The group will eventually expand to include an additional fighter squadron and maintenance squadron. The 54th FG provides an extensive flying hour program that trains an average of 180 students per year, averaging more than 10,800 sorties and 14,600 hours per fiscal year. The group consists of approximately 800 personnel, maintains $2.2 billion in F-16 assets and executes a $144 million operations and maintenance budget to carry out F-16 training.

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F-16 Fighting Falcon

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The sophisticated F-16 Fighting Falcon began performing the fighter training mission here Feb. 2, 1983. This multirole fighter is equally potent in air-to-air and air-to-surface situations, combining advanced fly-by-wire technology with relatively low-cost production and maintenance. Its maneuverability and combat radius exceed that of all other fighter aircraft while operating in an air superiority role. In an air-to-surface role, the F-16 has an exceptional mission radius of more than 500 nautical miles, superior weapons delivery accuracy and excellent self- defense capability.

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F-35 Lightning II

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The first F-35A Lightning II arrived at Luke on March 10, 2014.

The fifth-generation F-35A Lightning II integrates advanced stealth technology into a highly agile, supersonic aircraft that provides the pilot with unprecedented situational awareness and unmatched lethality and survivability. As new threats emerge, it is more important than ever for U.S. and allied fighter fleets to fly the F-35 stealth fighter, the world’s only fifth-generation international aircraft. While each aircraft is uniquely designed to operate from different environments, all three variants set new standards in network-enabled mission systems, sensor fusion and supportability. The F-35 redefines the multirole fighter.

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Tenant Units

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944th Fighter Wing

The 944th Fighter Wing is one of more than 50 flying units in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. It reports to Headquarters 10th Air Force, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Local Area

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History

Arizona’s first inhabitants were Native Americans who many anthropologists believe migrated here 12,000 years ago across the land bridge that once connected Alaska with Asia. When they were the only inhabitants of the area, they lived in elaborate adobe dwellings, often as tall as a 10-story building. Many tribes, including the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Tohono O’odham, Pima and several other small groups resided near what is now Phoenix.

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Area Attractions

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Arts, Entertainment and Culture

Arizona Museum of Natural History

www.azmnh.org

480-644-2230

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