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 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.
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 56th Comptroller Squadron (CPTS) includes financial services, financial analysis, nonappropriated fund (NAF) oversight, quality assurance and a command section. The unit’s overriding goals are taking care of Airmen, supporting deployed operations, timely and accurate delivery of financial services, and superior resource management in support of Luke Air Force Base’s overall mission. As part of the ongoing financial management transformation, the 56th CPTS is a leader in bringing new, innovative tools to its customers.
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 two detachments. Luke has six fighter squadrons on base, in addition to two that were relocated to Holloman AFB to continue on the F-16 training mission while making space for F-35 training operations.
The Maintenance Group Staff (MXO) accomplishes many distinctively different yet vital tasks. The group staff consists of Maintenance Operations, Quality Assurance and Weapons Standardization. MXO has an administrative relationship with the Air Force Engineering and Technical Services. Additionally, MXO serves as the group’s liaison to the 372nd Training Squadron, Detachment 12.
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.
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.
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.
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. Many tribes, including the Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Tohono O’odham, Pima and several other small groups resided near what is now Phoenix.