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Luke Air Force Base

Glendale, Arizona

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Luke Air Force Base is located in Glendale, Arizona. The local area is very supportive of the military. Located in the Valley of the Sun, individuals stationed at Luke Air Force Base enjoy a dry, moderate climate that is the envy of many, particularly in the winter.

The west valley area of Maricopa County where Luke Air Force Base is located is a fast growing area. If you were here just a few years ago, you will be surprised by the development. If you haven't been here previously, you will be surprised by the newness of almost everything.

History

Luke Air Force Base is named for the first aviator to be awarded the Medal of Honor - 2nd Lt Frank Luke Jr. Luke's 56th Fighter Wing was first activated on January 15, 1941, as the 56th Pursuit Group. The 56th left for England January 6, 1943. During the following two years, pilots of the 56th destroyed more enemy planes and listed more aces than any other Army Air Force group in the 8th Air Force, including the top two aces in Europe. The combat and support operations of the wing in Southeast Asia were numerous and varied. The 56th was reassigned to Luke Air Force Base on April 1, 1994. For further history visit Luke'shomepage.

Mission

"Train the world's greatest F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready warfighters". As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 23 squadrons and both F-16 and F-35A Lightning II aircraft, the 56th graduates more than 400 F-16 pilots and 300 air control professionals annually. The wing is also responsible for three additional squadrons under the 54th Fighter Group located at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, where F-16 training will move as Luke AFB transitions to become the sole pilot training center for the F-35A, the Air Force's newest multi-role aircraft. Additionally, the 56th Fighter Wing oversees the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and is steward of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, a military training range spanning more than 1.7 million acres of Sonoran desert.

Population Served 

   

Winter Population

Active Duty

4,599

 

Reservists

818

 

Air Force Civilian Employees

1,206

 

Students/Rotational

1,200

 

Family Members

6,700

 

Military Retirees

68,900

118,900

Totals

85,200

135,200

Base Transportation

Contact your sponsor to make arrangements for pick up. If you need commercial transportation, taxis, limousines and Super Shuttle vans are available. Be careful in your selection of this transportation since it can be expensive.

Directions

Airports

From Sky Harbor International Airport

Contact your sponsor to make arrangements for pick up. If you need commercial transportation, taxis, limousines and Super Shuttle vans are available. Be careful in your selection of this transportation since it can be expensive.

If you find yourself lost, contact the Command Post at 623-856-5600

Driving Directions

From I-10 Traveling East

Take the Litchfield Road Exit #128 and turn left (north).

From I-10 Traveling West or from the Airport

Take the Litchfield Road Exit #128 and turn right (north). The base is approximately 5 miles north of the I-10 exit.

From I-17 Traveling South

  1. Enter Loop 101 west towards Los Angeles and proceed to the Glendale Avenue exit. Exit at Glendale Avenue and turn right (west). Proceed approximately 5 miles and turn left [south] to get to the South Gate and Visitor's Center. or 
  2. Continue south on I-17 to I-10 west, turn right (north) at Exit #128, Litchfield Road, travel 5 miles north to Luke AFB.

From I-17 Traveling North

From I-17 take I-10 west toward Los Angeles, exit at #128 Litchfield Road. Turn right (north) and travel 5 miles to Luke AFB.

From US 60 East Traveling Southeast through Wickenburg

From US 60, look for Litchfield Road approximately 15 miles east of Wittman. Turn right (south) on Litchfield Road and continue 7 miles to Luke AFB.

Weigh Station for DITY moves:

Located at Bldg 948.  Hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to 3 pm.  Enter in the south gate and the building will be where you can take your second right.  Contact info is 623-856-7715/16/17