Air Force Wings

Luke AFB

56th Fighter Wing

14185 West Falcon Street  Luke AFB, AZ 85309

Luke Air Force Base is located near Phoenix and Glendale .  It is an active-duty F-16 Fighting Falcon training base with 170 F-16s assigned. The host command at Luke is the 56th Fighter Wing (56 FW), under Air Education and Training Command’s 19th Air Force.  The 56th FW is composed of four groups, 27 squadrons, including six training squadrons. There are several tenant units on base, including the 944th Fighter Wing, assigned to 10th Air Force and the Air Force Reserve. The 56th Fighter Wing also trains more than 700 maintenance technicians each year.

An integral part of Luke’s F-16 fighter pilot training mission is the Barry M. Goldwater Air Force Range. The range consists of 1,900,000 acres of relatively undisturbed Sonoran Desert southwest of Luke Air Force Base.  Overhead are 57,000 cubic miles of airspace where pilots practice air-to-air maneuvers and engage simulated battlefield targets on the ground. Roughly the size of Connecticut, the immense size of the complex allows for simultaneous training activities on nine air-to-ground and two air-to-air ranges. 

Since June 2012, Luke AFB has been the permanent home of Naval Operational Support Center (NOSC) Phoenix of the US Navy. NOSC Phoenix supports over 750 Navy Reservists in sixteen Navy Reserve units. 

Arriving at Luke AFB

If you arrive during duty hours, check in at your Unit Personnel Office (UPO) to begin squadron inprocessing. Report in uniform. As well as checking in with unit, it is mandatory to initiate base inprocessing. Go to the MPS located on the first floor of the Blockhouse, Bldg 1150. MPS will schedule members for mandatory Wing Orientation. Member must also attend Medical Right Start at the medical clinic held every Tuesday at 0900. After you have done your initial inprocessing, you will be given permissive TDY for house-hunting (if eligible). It is extremely important that you do this! Otherwise you will be charged with regular leave, which may not have been necessary for you to take. If you arrive after duty hours, report to your UPO the following duty day.


If you arrive after duty hours check in at the Fighter Country Inn, Bldg 660.

Base Population
The base population includes about 7,500 military members, 15,000 family members, and  about 80,000 retired military members living in greater Phoenix, the base services a total population of more than 100,000 people.