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Luke AFB, AZ

Luke AFB, AZ 85309  |  Base Operator: DSN 896-1110, (623) 856-1110

Luke AFB: Overview

The host unit at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) is the 56th Fighter Wing. The 56th Fighter Wing falls under the command of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC). The mission of this wing is to develop the greatest F-16 pilots and maintenance personnel in the world. This wing consists of 27 squadrons, eight of which are fighter squadrons. In addition, the 10th Air Force of the Air Force Reserve Command maintains the 944th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB.

The base was originally intended for what it is still known for; training pilots. The first pilots arrived for training in June of 1941 and trained in the AT-6 Texan. After the outbreak of WWII, Luke became the largest training base for fighter pilots that the Army had in its possession. Luke experienced the same fate as many other installations following WWII; it was deactivated. However, the Korean conflict changed that, and training pilots once again commenced at Luke AFB.

Luke AFB: Education

One of the best decisions you can make while in the military and stationed at Luke AFB is to go to school and earn your degree. Don't wait until you get out; now is the time to go since you have access to the Tuition Assistance (TA) Program. And, attending an online school provides you with the convenience you need to attend classes while serving. You can complete your coursework at your own pace no matter where you are. You may want to request information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Luke AFB: Location

Luke AFB is in Maricopa County in Arizona. Glendale is only about seven miles to the east and Phoenix, which is the capital of Arizona, is only about 8 miles beyond Glendale in the same direction. Scottsdale is just to the east of Phoenix. Other communities in the area include Peoria, AZ, Sun City, AZ, El Mirage, AZ, Surprise, AZ, Avondale, AZ, Goodyear, AZ, Sun city West, AZ, Paradise Valley, AZ, Tempe, AZ, Mesa, AZ, Chandler, AZ, Buckeye, AZ, and Gilbert, AZ.

Luke AFB: Interesting Facts

  • The namesake of the base is Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr., who is a native of Phoenix and received the Congressional Medal of Honor during World War I.
  • German Luftwaffe pilots were trained at Luke AFB from 1957 to 1965.
  • The 56th Fighter Wing and its F-16's were transferred to Luke AFB from MacDill AFB in 1994.
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