Luke AFB
Glendale, AZ 85309, USA


Digital Relocation/Welcome Guide


Welcome to Luke Air Force Base

Welcome to Luke Air Force Base, where we take pride in training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters. Located in Glendale, Arizona, just west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the

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. The


The Housing Management Element is responsible for the Enlisted Dormitory Campus, referrals and relocation services, and oversight of privatized family housing. Single Airmen, E-3 and below or E-4 with less than three years’ time in service, must live on base in the dormitories, while higher-ranking Airmen can live either

Medical Assistance

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. Primary care services consist of family medicine, pediatrics, internal medicine and flight

Airman & Family Services

The 56th Force Support Squadron (56th 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. Relocation Assistance is available for arriving and departing personnel at the A&FRC. Newcomers receive information o

Morale, Welfare & Recreation

The 56th FSS 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. We pride ourselves in offering Airmen and their families,

Base Services

The Luke base exchange complex contains the main store, a food court and several concessions, including the barber and beauty shops, optical and optometry, florist, Enterprise car rental, GNC, laundry/dry cleaning, alterations and various specialty shops, plus a three-story parking garage for customers’ convenience. The food court includes Popeyes,

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. The city of Phoenix bought 1,440 acres of land that they leased to the government at $1 a year effective March

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-35 and F-16 fighter pilots.” The wing provides command guidance and operational control over the 56th Operations Group,

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. The group consists of six squadrons, which include Civil Engineering, Contracting, Communications, Force Support, Logistics Readine

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, one fighter squadron for the F-35 Lightning II and

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. The 56th Maintenance Group flew 13,739 F-16s and 1,965 sorties compiling over 21,280 flying hours, playing a pivotal role in conducting safe and efficient training for 295 new

54th Fighter Group

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

F-16 Fighting Falcon

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

F-35 Lightning II

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

Tenant Units

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. The mission of the 944th Fighter Wing is to train and provide

Local Area

HISTORY Arizona’s first inhabitants were Native Americans who many anthropologists believe migrated to the area 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-storybuilding.

Area Attractions

ARIZONA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY 53 N. MacDonald Mesa, AZ 85201 480-644-2230 Survey the history of Arizona and the Southwest with exhibits that explore the region beginning with the dinosaurs and move through time to include the rich Native American culture and the early pioneers who relocated to
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