Luke Air Force Base

56th Fighter Wing

14185 West Falcon Street Luke AFB, AZ 85309

Air Force

ABOUT

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.

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ARRIVAL

The closest airport is Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, located 26.1 miles away from base.

 

Directions from Phoenix Sky International Airport:
Get on I-10 W
Follow I-10 W to N Litchfield Rd in Goodyear
Take Exit 128 from I-10 W
Use the right 2 lanes to turn right onto N Litchfield Rd

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.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

To be enrolled in an Arizona school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements..

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Glendale Elementary District

Glendale Union High School District

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER
 

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 
DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.
 

Arizona Department of Health Services  602 542-1025

 

Arizona Humane Society 602-997-7585

 

Maricopa County Sheriff  (928) 783-4427

Base Operator (623) 856-1110

 


Civilian Personnel Office (623) 856-7747

 


Housing Services Office (623) 856-7841

 


ID/CAC Card Processing (623) 856-7832

 


Legal Services and JAG (623) 856-6901

 


Medical Appointments (623) 856-2273

 


Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255

Housing

Balfour Beatty Communities provides housing a Luke AFB. With 620 homes in Sagauro Manor, north of Glendale Avenue and Ocotillo Manor, south of Glendale Avenue, Luke AFB has it all. Balfour Beatty family housing consists of several types of homes that are available based on rank and family size. The grounds of the 469 single family and town homes of Saguaro Manor mirror the native landscape of Arizona. To contact the BBC office call 623-388-3515.

Glendale
11.5 miles from base

Glendale  is a medium-sized town with many different housing options available.

Surprise
6.3 miles from base

Surprise is a medium size city with many outdoor activities to enjoy and different housing options available.

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Report to Base is the #1 site for vetted, trustworthy realtors, mortgage brokers and home inspectors. Report To Base does all the hard work for you. All you have to do is click and call.

Be sure to let our partners know you found them at Report to Base!

Community

In Glendale, the summers are sweltering and dry, the winters are cool, and it is mostly clear year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 44°F to 106°F and is rarely below 36°F or above 112°F.

The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 30 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 98°F.

The cool season lasts for 3.2 months, from November 20 to February 27, with an average daily high temperature below 73°F.

The average cost of living in Glendale, AZ is 93, that puts it 5% lower than the average of Arizona and 7% lower than our nation’s average.

Goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Glendale, AZ, the price of goods and services are 4% lower than the average of Arizona as well as 6% lower than the nation’s average

From the nation’s finest sports and entertainment district to top-notch accommodations and one of the most renowned shopping areas in America, Glendale has a blend of historic charm and fun things to do!

Glendale is a city with a diverse history that is treasured not only by its residents and community members, but also by the visitors who come and experience the roots of the city.

Fast becoming the nation’s newest sports mecca with a lineup of professional football, hockey, Spring Training baseball, auto racing, NCAA Regionals and home to the Annual VIZIO Fiesta Bowl, the 2008 and 2015 Super Bowls.

There are also amusement parks and fascinating museums as well as the Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium. In addition, Historic Downtown Glendale, Arrowhead Towne Center, and Tanger Outlets are Glendale’s shopping options that deliver unique and unforgettable experiences.

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