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Department of the Air Force
14185 West Falcon Street
Luke AFB, AZ 85309
Luke AFB is in the city of Glendale. According to the Cost of Living Index, Glendale ranks 107.5 and Arizona ranks 108.7 with 100 being the national average. There are a number of websites that provide current cost of living calculators.
Airlines usually will not ship pets in or out from April to September. It is too hot and it would endanger your pets. If you are relocating during this timeframe, you will need to make arrangements other than shipping your pets by air. Contact your sponsor if you have questions.
If you plan to purchase a home, it is important to note that home prices have dramatically increased in the last couple of years. This has also had an impact on rental prices since more people are renting until they can save enough to afford the down payment.
Bring enough money to ensure you can meet the needs of your relocation. If you intend to live off base, you may need money for deposits. There are costs for buying food items that you may have shipped, but haven't arrived. If arriving from overseas, you may need a new vehicle, down payment, auto insurance, etc. Plan ahead. There can also be unexpected expenses that you couldn't have foreseen.
Passports and Visas
Ensure member and/or dependents have the required passports and/or visa prior to final out-processing. Member and/or dependents are not allowed to final out-process without the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents. Members electing the accompanied tour will not be permitted to out-process without having the required passports/visas in hand for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
These actions are necessary to prevent unforeseen hardships to the military members and their families. Therefore, it is essential, members do not out-process without having the appropriate passports/visas for themselves (if applicable) and/or dependents.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must use a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The area code for Glendale is 623.
"We Train the World's Greatest Fighter Pilots and Combat Ready Airmen." As part of Air Education and Training Command, and home to 24 squadrons and both F-16 and F-35A aircraft. Additionally, the 56th Fighter Wing oversees the Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field and is 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 80,000 military retirees who live in the surrounding area.
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 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 homepage.
Luke AFB is located in Glendale which has a population of 250,290 (2020). Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler metro area has over 4,652,000 residents. Maricopa County is the largest county in Arizona by population, which is home to 4.5 million of the state's 7.15 million people.
Luke AFB is located in Glendale, Arizona. The local area is very supportive of the military. Located in the Valley of the Sun, individuals stationed at Luke Air Force Base enjoy a dry, moderate climate that is the envy of many, particularly in the winter.
The west valley area of Maricopa County where Luke Air Force Base is located is a fast growing area. If you were here just a few years ago, you will be surprised by the development. If you haven't been here previously, you will be surprised by the newness of almost everything. Luke AFB has fairly easy access to the I-10, Loop 303 and Loop 101 freeways.
From Sky Harbor International Airport
If you are flying into Phoenix, you will probably utilize Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.Contact your sponsor to make arrangements for pick up. If you need commercial transportation; taxis, limousines and Super Shuttle vans are available. Be careful in your selection of this transportation as prices vary.
If you find yourself lost, contact the Base Command Post at 623-856-5600.
From I-10 Traveling East
Take the Litchfield Road Exit #128 and travel north for approximately 5 miles.
From I-10 Traveling West or from the AirportTake 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
From I-17 Traveling North
From I-17 Exit 303 westbound to to Luke AFB.
From US 60 East Traveling Southeast through WickenburgFrom US 60, look for Litchfield Road approximately 15 miles east of Wittman. Turn right (south) on the Loop 303 freeway, exit off Northern Parkway to Litchfield Rd and continue 2 miles to Luke AFB.
Weigh Station for DITY moves:
Located at Bldg 948. Hours are Monday - Friday 9 am to 3 pm. Enter in the south gate and the building will be where you can take your second right. Contact info is 623-856-7715/16/17
The installation does not have a base shuttle. Contact your sponsor to make arrangements for pick up. If you need commercial transportation; ride share services, taxis, limousines and Super Shuttle vans are available. Be careful in your selection of transportation options as prices vary.