Luke Air Force Base, Arizona

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Overview

Members of class 08-IBC. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit Senior Airman Tracie Forte

Luke Air Force Base is a United States Air Force base located seven miles west of Glendale, Arizona and about 15 miles west of Phoenix, Arizona. The base is named in honor of World War I Medal of Honor recipient and former Phoenix native, Lieutenant Frank Luke, Jr. Luke AFB is a major training base of the Air Education and Training Command (AETC), training pilots in the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

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Location/Driving Directions

Luke Air Force Base is located seven miles west of the central business district of Glendale, in Maricopa County, Arizona, and about 15 miles (24 km) west of Phoenix, Arizona. Centrally located in the Valley of the Sun, individuals stationed at Luke Air Force Base enjoy a dry, moderate climate.

Driving Directions
From I-10 Traveling East

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

From I-10 Traveling West

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

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 right onto Litchfield Road to get to the South Gate and Visitor's Center. or
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.

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Population/Major Units Assigned

Photo courtesy of U.S. Air Force; photo courtesy Airman 1st Class Ronifel

The 56th Fighter Wing of the AETC is the host wing at Luke. The wing is composed of four groups of 27 squadrons, including eight fighter squadrons. There are several tenant units on base, including the 944th Fighter Wing (944 FW), assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command's 10th Air Force (10 AF) and operationally-gained by AETC.

The base population includes about 7,000 military and civilian members and 15,000 family members. With about 80,000 retired military members living in Phoenix, the base services a total population of more than 100,000.

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Main Phone Numbers

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Base Operator: DSN 896-1110 Comm: 623-856-7411

Luke Child Development Center 623-856-6339, 623-856-6338, DSN 312-896-6339, or DSN 312-896-6338.

Family Child Care Office 623-856-7472 or DSN 312-896-7472

School Age Program 623-856-7470, 623-856-7471, DSN 312-896-7470, or DSN 312-896-7471

Family Support Center (FSC) (623) 856-6386 or DSN 896-6386

Fighter Country Inn 623-856-3941, 623-935-2641, DSN 312-896-3941

Balfour Beatty Communities 623-388-3515

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Temporary Lodging

Swan Newsome, Support Squadron housekeeper, makes a bed in one of the Fighter County Inn rooms. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit Tech. Sgt. Deborah Silliman Wolfe

Fighter Country Inn offers temporary lodging on Luke Air Force Base at an affordable price. The Inn features a variety of clean comfortable rooms within walking distance of many facilities on Luke Air Force Base. You may contact them for information or reservations 24 hours a day at 623-856-3941, 623-935-2641, DSN 312-896-3941, Toll Free 1-888-AFLODGE (235-6343), FAX 623-856-3332, DSN FAX 312-896-3332. The reception desk is located at 7012 N. Bong Lane in Building 660.

The Fighter Country Inn is open 24 hours a day. Duty travelers may make reservations at any time. A copy of your orders will be required on the date of check-in. Non-duty travelers may make reservations 24 hours in advance. Space Available guests may make reservations 30 days in advance based on availability.

The Inn features 15 Business Suites, 42 TLF Houses that include 6 pet-friendly, and 169 Visiting Quarters (VQs). Visiting Quarters have a full-size bed, kitchenette, and a private bath for $27.00 per night. Distinguished Visitor Suites have a queen size bed, living room, kitchen, and private bath for $41.50 per night. TLF units accommodate families and can be rented for $36.00 per night.

Families arriving PCS may stay in one of 42 Temporary Lodging Facilities for up to 30 days, space permitting. The Inn accepts space available reservations 30 days in advance for up to a 3-night stay. Holiday reservations at Luke AFB can be confirmed for up to a 14-night stay from 21 Dec - 3 Jan 07.

PCS Single Airmen arriving after duty hours or on weekends are housed in hospitality quarters until the first duty day when they are then assigned to their squadron dormitory.

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Housing

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Balfour Beatty Communities oversees the housing for Luke Air Force Base. Base housing consists of several types of homes that are available based on rank and family size. Basic bedroom requirements are determined by the number of dependents residing with the service member including qualified dependents to age 23 who are students. The waiting time for privatized housing varies according to the number of bedrooms authorized, the member's rank, and the time of year of arrival. Residents that are returning from a dependent restricted tour will be given credit from the date of their departure for that tour for up to fourteen months but may not displace anyone within the freeze zone (top 10% of the waiting list). You may contact the BBC office at 623-388-3515.

Luke AFB has 620 homes in Saguaro Manor, north of Glendale Avenue and Ocotillo Manor, south of Glendale Avenue. 469 of these homes are single family and townhomes with spacious 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, carports, washer/dryer hookups, and some fenced-in backyards designated for E1-E6, E7E9, and O1-O6, located in the Saguaro Manor. 151 townhomes with 3 and 4 bedrooms are designated for E2-E6 and E7 are located in the Ocotillo Manor. Children will enjoy playing in the playgrounds and tot lots that are located throughout the neighborhood.

The availability of dormitory housing for single airmen varies. Potential dorm residents should contact their First Sergeants immediately upon arrival for a room assignment or referral for authorization to live off base. There are no permanent party Bachelor Officer Quarters or Unaccompanied NCO Quarters. Unaccompanied personnel in grades E-4 and above are authorized to live off-base with Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). However, all personnel must go through the Housing Office prior to obtaining off-base housing.

There are two newly constructed permanent party enlisted dormitories built to the one-plus-one standard. Most dormitory rooms share a bathroom with the adjoining room. There are no shared permanent party enlisted dormitory rooms, therefore, no roommates. All dormitories have common area recreation rooms, pool and foosball tables, lounges and television rooms. Home theater systems with surround sound are installed in each dormitory.

All dormitory and room assignments are made based on Group Integrity and are done by the Consolidated Dormitory Management Office (CDMO), which is located adjacent to dormitory 635, across from the base post office. Airmen desiring to reside off base may be approved for BAH only if the base-wide dormitory occupancy exceeds 90%.

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Child Care

Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Full-time care and drop-in hourly care are available at the Luke Child Development Center . Reservations are required for hourly drop-in care that is offered on a space available basis. Drop in care is not available for newborn children through 6 months of age. The CDC's activity centers include reading, manipulative play, music, painting, water play, and sand tables. Weather permitting, children may play outside on playground equipment. The Center also provides breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack.

Active duty military (single parent, dual military) and DoD civilians assigned to Luke AFB whose spouses work full-time or go to school full-time have first priority.

To ensure your child's enrollment at the Center, all forms must be completed and your child's immunizations must be up -to-date. Documents necessary to complete your child's registration are Enrollment/Emergency Form (AF Form 1181) Completed, up-to-date Immunization Record, Signed Contract Package, and Family Care Plan AF 357. Luke CDC does have a waiting list. The CDC uses the waiting list and eligibility criteria to determine placement. Special circumstances would be determined on a case by case basis.

Rates are based on total family income. If the child is not living with the parent which is the sponsor, the total income of the household in which the child is living, exclusive of child support, is used to determine total family income. Drop-in care is $4 per hour, per child, and a minimum of two hours will be charged each visit. After the first two hours, the rates are broken down into half-hour increments.

The Family Child Care (FCC) Program offers home-based child care in licensed homes for children ages two weeks through twelve years. For more information, call the Family Child Care Office at 623-856-7472 or DSN 312-896-7472. The office is located at 1609 Mohave. Currently, Luke AFB has 10 licensed FCC homes.

The Youth Center assists active duty personnel and DoD civilians by offering a School Age Program (SAP) . Located in Building 1143 near Fowler Park, the Youth Center is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs. For additional information, call 623-856-7470, 623-856-7471, DSN 312-896-7470, or DSN 312-896-7471.

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Schools

David White plays with the buttons in patrol vehicle during the Police Week Expo at the base exchange parking lot. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit Airman 1st Class Ronifel Yasay

There are no DoDDS Schools on Luke AFB. The educational opportunities in the greater Phoenix area include over 40 public school districts for elementary and high school children as well as vocational, community college, and university level educational institutions. Among the metropolitan area school districts, there are significant differences in the quality of education provided. Children are assigned to the district in which they live, making it important to research schools before making a housing decision.

Within a 15-20 mile radius of Luke AFB, there are over 15 elementary school districts with school start dates for each one varying from mid-August to the first of September. Some of the districts are on a year-round school schedule, which means the students have several breaks during the school year but attend the entire year. This currently applies to some high schools and is being considered by elementary schools as well. Please contact your child's school district to ask what transportation services are provided.

There are many private schools in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Private secular schools are schools without religious affiliation.

If your child has special education needs, the districts require an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Questions about Arizona's Special Education or Exceptional Student Services can be asked by calling 602-542-4013 or visit the Arizona Department of Education website.

The Temporary Living Facilities (TLF) or Papago Village, is located in the Dysart School District. Elementary School children attend the Luke Elementary School, and High School students attend Dysart High School.

Base housing is divided by Glendale Avenue, which separates residents into two school districts. Those north of Glendale Avenue in Saguaro Manor fall within the Dysart School District. Those south of Glendale Avenue in Ocotillo Manor fall within the Litchfield Elementary School District. You must have proof of residency prior to enrolling your children in the Litchfield Elementary School District.

Homeschooling is educating children outside the public-private-parochial school establishment. Each state has specific mandatory requirements for parents who choose the homeschooling option. Parents who choose to educate their child at home and who resides in Arizona visit the homeschool website or call 602-506-3144.

The Education Services Flight offers many educational programs including undergraduate and graduate degree courses from Park College, Rio Salado Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wayland Baptist University. Scholarships are also available.

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Medical Care

A simulated chemical burn victim seeks immediate attention during a major accident response exercise. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force; photo credit Airman 1st Class Ronifel Yasay

The Luke AFB Clinic is an outpatient Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) with specialties in family practice, women's health, pediatrics, orthopedics, ear-nose-throat, optometry, mental health, physical therapy, internal medicine, immunizations, allergy, cardiology, and flight medicine. The clinic does not provide emergency services.

Co-located with the clinic is an up-to-date 24-chair dental clinic providing care in general dentistry and specialty services in the fields of endodontics, restorative dentistry, and periodontics.

Family members of active duty, retired military, and family members of retired military follow in the eligibility chain. Dental care services are available to active duty military only. Only emergency dental care is offered to other eligible individuals. When services are unavailable, those eligible for medical/dental care are referred to TRICARE.

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