Luke Air Force Base
Luke Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located 7 miles west of the central business district of Glendale, in Maricopa County, Arizona, United States. It is about 15 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. Luke Air Force Base is named for the Phoenix native and 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 on 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's.
We Train the World's Greatest Fighter Pilots and Combat Ready Airmen." As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 26 squadrons and both F-16 and F-35A aircraft. Additionally, the 56th Fighter Wing oversees the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and is the steward of the Barry M. Goldwater Range, a military training range spanning more than 1.7 million acres of Sonoran desert. Luke AFB provides outstanding support for over 5,500 military and civilian employees, 6,700 family members, and 65,000 military retirees who live in the surrounding area.