Leisure & Recreation Activities
The 56th FSS welcomes you to Arizona and Luke Air Force Base! We are responsible for enhancing the quality of life for the Air Force’s largest fighter wing by providing a wide range of mission-supporting recreational, educational and life-sustaining activities.
We pride ourselves in offering Airmen and their families, military retirees and, in some cases, civilian employees the very best products, programs and customer service in the Valley of the Sun. From child care to exciting activities and adventurous outdoor treks, we have something for everyone.
Some of the programs include Club Five Six, dining facilities, fitness centers, a library, community and outdoor recreation, youth and child development centers, lodging, mortuary affairs and honor guard programs. The 56th FSS program includes exchange and commissary liaison as well as the Fort Tuthill off-base recreation area in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Keep up-to-date by regularly visiting https://lukeevents.com or the Facebook page, Luke Happenings, which is constantly updated with new programs and great things to participate in. There should never be a reason to say, “There is nothing to do.”
Following are some highlights of the many recreation and leisure activities that we offer.
ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTER
The Arts and Crafts Center, in Building 247 on 140th Drive, offers custom-made plaques, trophies and awards for quarterly and annual presentations, sporting events, retirements, achievements, gifts and more. Special orders may be arranged, or patrons may choose from a selection of wood, laminate and marbleized plaques. Customers may choose from in-stock designs. If you can’t find the plaques you want, they can be special-ordered or the Wood Hobby Shop can custom-make them.
With laser engravers and rotary engravers, the staff can engrave everything from small brass plates to large, multiplate plaques. Gift and recognition items include trophies, plaques, awards, eagles, steins and pen sets. Special orders are also available.
At the Arts and Crafts Frame Shop, purchasers can choose the perfect frame for a treasured print or painting. The experienced staff assists in every aspect of the project to ensure it turns out well. For more information, call 623-856-6502.
AUTO SKILLS CENTER
The Auto Skills Center, on the corner of 140th Drive and Mitchell Street, has staff on hand to help do-it-yourself customers perform auto repairs and maintenance. If customers choose to do their own repairs and maintenance, the facility stalls are available for hourly rental.
Sign-out tools are also available for customers to use on the premises. Available services include electronic engine diagnostics, wheel alignments, brake rotor refinishing, valve grinding and tire balancing. Instructional classes include oil changing, tire rotation, tuneups and minor maintenance and repair.
The center offers 14 automotive bays and two prep rooms with tools and professional guidance. Stalls are available for a $3-per-hour flat rate or $5 per hour for a hydraulic lift stall. Daily stall rates are $40 for a lift and $24 for a flat stall. Overnight storage in the stall is $3.
A car wash behind the Auto Hobby Shop includes four wash stalls, four vacuum cleaners, cleaning product vending machines and a coin changer.
Customers can let the full-service automotive repair (Auto Doctor) and body shop (Moonlight Auto Body) concessions perform all their automotive repairs and maintenance. For more information, call 623-856-6107.
Club Five Six offers numerous options to meet the Luke community’s needs. The club, in Building 161 on West Eagle Street, serves all ranks, civilians and retirees by hosting official functions, such as graduation, promotion and retirement ceremonies, as well as leisure activities such as theme parties,satellite-broadcast sporting events, live bands, disc jockeys, comedy nights and more.
The club is available for special-event planning. Rooms include the main lounge, Barcelona Room, large ballroom (400-person capacity) and outdoor patio spaces. Consider the club for any catering needs with choices of menus that range from finger foods to seven-course meals. The club’s experienced staff can accommodate small parties and large banquets alike.
On designated evenings, Club Five Six offers complimentary hors d’oeuvres in the casual bar or main lounge, and an evening bar menu is available for your selection. Member and nonmember pricings are in place at all sale points.
Check out the special incentives at the club. There is a bonus for transferring club membership from a member’s former duty station’s club to the Luke club, a club coin discount and membership discounts at other services facilities, to name a few benefits.
The club is available for base personnel’s entertainment, special events, catering needs and more. For more information, call the lounge at 623-856-7137 or administrative services at 623-856-6446.
To maintain fit-to-fight Airmen, four fitness training facilities are available: the Bryant Fitness Center, a Combat Physical Fitness Training Center next door, an Aerobics Center in Building 700 and an Annex Fitness Center. A football and soccer field and a track are also available. The Bryant Fitness Center is open seven days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. For more information, call 623-856-6241/4511.
Bryant Fitness Center — Located in Building 820 on Shooting Star Street, the fitness center features everything you’ll need for an outstanding training experience. Its well-designed facilities, cutting-edge equipment and superb staff can help people reach their training goals. For resistance training, the fitness center offers free weights and Nautilus equipment.
For a cardio burn, try basketball, racquetball or volleyball. The fitness center is also equipped with treadmills, cross trainers, stair-steppers and recumbent bikes, which allow you to watch television while you exercise. People can maximize a training workout with the fitness center’s weight rooms and 21-station Nautilus circuit equipment. Also available are four lighted softball fields, a soccer and football field and a state-of-the-art running track. Locker rooms, saunas and showers are just some of the amenities available at the main fitness center.
Combat PT Center — Next door to the fitness center, this venue is an 8,000-square-foot facility that offers pull-up bars, rowing machines and free weight equipment. It is also a great place to host squadron PT sessions and group fitness events.
The Aerobics Center — Located in the Community Center, Building 700. For a schedule of aerobics classes, contact the Bryant Fitness Center.
Fitness Center Annex — A convenient workout option for people who work or live on the east side of Luke is the Fitness Center Annex. Located in Building 1137, the annex features many of the same amenities as the Bryant Fitness Center, such as free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment and locker rooms. The annex also has an adjacent 7,100-square-foot combat physical training course with a sand pit, climbing ropes and other obstacle-type items to improve the combat fitness of Airmen. The staff at the annex can be reached at 623-856-8299.
Airmen living in the base dormitories are authorized to dine at the Ray V. Hensman dining facility in Building 545. Proper identification is required to ensure authorization. Personnel in per diem status will be required to pay the appropriate surcharge. All menu items are sold a la carte.
The Falcon Inn Flight Kitchen at Building 954 is a carryout facility near the flightline. The menu includes short-order a la carte items. For additional information, call the food service staff office at 623-856-6396.
FORT TUTHILL RECREATION AREA
If you want to escape the desert heat, Luke has a recreation area 2 miles south of Flagstaff in northern Arizona. Open year-round, Fort Tuthill is only 15 miles south of the Arizona Snow Bowl for skiing and about 70 miles from the south rim of the Grand Canyon.
Fort Tuthill’s facilities include a lodge with 20 hotel rooms, 11 A-frames (two-bedroom, fully contained houses), five yurts (permanent tent-like structures) and 11 cabins (studio setup). RV and tent sites are also available. Public showers, restrooms and laundry facilities are near the main lodge.
There is a small store with rental equipment including canoes, bicycles, backpacks, tents, fishing poles, cross-country skis, snowshoes and inner tubes. A cross-country ski/hiking trail nearby makes a 6-mile loop, and the site offers inner-tube fun in the snow.
Fort Tuthill’s Outdoor Adventure Program includes the popular Grand Canyon rafting program. It also offers day and weekend backpacking, hiking, kayaking and boating.
Reservations are accepted at Fort Tuthill. Active-duty military personnel may make reservations 12 months in advance. All other authorized personnel may make reservations six months in advance. Reservations should be confirmed with a credit card. Check guarantees are due within 10 days after the date the reservation is made. Cancellations must be received at least 48 hours in advance of arrival to avoid penalty fees. Check-in is no earlier than 3 p.m., checkout no later than 11 a.m. Pets are not permitted on Fort Tuthill grounds except in the RV section. Fort Tuthill is open 24 hours a day for your convenience. Call 800-552-6268 or visit www.forttuthill.com for online reservations.
Whether you’re a serious golfer or a beginner, you’ll enjoy Luke’s gorgeous Falcon Dunes Golf Course. Located just north of Luke Air Force Base, Falcon Dunes is truly one of the top military golf courses in the world. Situated at the corner of Northern Avenue and Reems Road, this 18-hole, par-71 championship layout features mounded contours that frame rolling fairways and undulating greens.
Besides the breathtaking views of the majestic White Tank Mountains, the course is also well-known for unique native desert landscaping.
This Gary Panks design is available for use by all military and government employees, both active and retired. Already considered the flagship of the military golf courses, Falcon Dunes has been named the best golf course in its major command in 10 of the first 12 years of its operation. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art, 8,250-square-foot clubhouse, which houses the Falcon Dunes Grill.
The pro shop provides everything golfers need to prepare for a one-of-a-kind golf experience. The roomy practice facility contains putting and chipping greens, as well as a lengthy, turf-grass practice range. The PGA staff can also meet your game development needs by providing professional instruction to both adults and juniors.
For more information, call 623-535-8355 to book a golf tournament or 623-856-0004 for weddings, retirements, parties or other special events.
INFORMATION, TICKETS AND TRAVEL
Looking for discounted tickets for amusement parks, cruises or airline travel? Luke’s Information, Tickets and Travel Office has discount tickets for virtually every event in Arizona, California and Florida.
Located inside the 56th Force Support Building 1150, Room 1038, the ITT office offers reasonably priced tickets to numerous movie theaters, amusement parks and hotels. Discount admission tickets are available for Disneyland, SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Knott’s Berry Farm, Universal Studios and Walt Disney World in Florida.
ITT can assist you with all your travel plans from your airline reservations to car rentals and hotel reservations. It can also help with your cruise itinerary.
ITT also has information on resort vacations sponsored by the Armed Forces Vacation Club. This club offers discounts for getaways to Lake Tahoe, Myrtle Beach, Reno, Virginia Beach, Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta and many other resort locations worldwide. For more information on a resort getaway, seeITT or visit the AFVC website at www.afvclub.com. For tickets, hours of operation and information, look for specials on https://lukeevents.com or contact the office at 623-856-6000.
The Luke Air Force Base library offers resources for people of all ages. Located in Building 219 on Homer Drive, the Luke library is continually upgrading its varied resources of more than 50,000 books, numerous magazines and newspapers, DVDs, CDs, Playaways and digital books for lifelong learning and casual reading. More than 6,000 books are available in a media format. Sign-up is also available for OverDrive, an online book service.
The library features many reference databases for research, allowing quick access to thousands of magazines, newspapers, abstracts and encyclopedias. Online databases include Peterson’s for college and vocational information; Gale InfoTrac for a variety of student databases; Defense Technical Information Center for access to defense-related reports and books; NewsBank for hundreds of nationwide newspapers, including the Arizona Republic; SIRS Researcher for thousands of articles on current social issues; and SIRS Government Reporter for a wide range of government information and documents.
Other online services include EBSCO, SIRS Renaissance, FirstSearch and OCLC for interlibrary loan. The base library can borrow books from more than 30,000 libraries throughout the country. There is also an extensive collection of CLEP and DANTES books, DVDs and CD-ROMs, as well as an excellent transition assistance area. Active-duty Airmen can sign up for online access to Rosetta Stone and the 24/7 online tutoring service Tutor.com.
From Storytime and Babytime to class tours and a monthly adult reading group, there are programs to support all members of Team Luke. For more information, call 623-856-7191 or visit https://lukeevents.com.
Outdoor Recreation, in Building 247 on 140th Drive, offers equipment, aquatic programs and outdoor adventure vacations at affordable prices. Outdoor Recreation’s rental section has equipment for virtually any occasion.
It features an assortment of camping equipment, including campers, stoves, ice chests, sleeping bags and generators. It also has water equipment including canoes, kayaks, pontoon boats and fishing boats. The recreation rental section has a large selection of lawn and garden equipment and miscellaneous equipment such as mountain bikes, folding chairs and tables, and engine replacement stands. Go to https://lukeevents.com/wp-content/uploads/ 2014/11/camping_equipment_3_15.pdf for detailed information about rental equipment and price lists.
Outdoor Recreation has a 400-space recreational vehicle storage lot that will hold vehicles up to 40 feet long. If you are looking to purchase or sell a vehicle on base, Outdoor Recreation maintains the resale lot located near the base exchange.
Outdoor Recreation provides great aquatic programs for the entire Luke community, including a full range of activities at the Silver Wings Pool. The aquatic program features Red Cross Health and Safety Services classes, scuba diving and baby-sitter instructional classes. Twenty-five certified staff members and one 25-meter pool are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Hours of operation vary, visit https://lukeevents.com/pool/ for more information.
Outdoor Recreation sponsors numerous adventure getaways to sites in Arizona such as Sedona, Flagstaff, the Grand Canyon and Tombstone. Outdoor Recreation is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, visit Building 247 or call 623-856-6267.