Inside Bldg. 26, the 56th Contracting Squadron (CONS) awards more than $47 million annually in appropriated and nonappropriated funded contracts and manages more than $200 million in contracts supporting the 56th Fighter Wing (FW), the 944th Fighter Wing, Fort Tuthill Air Force Recreational Area, Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, the 1.7 million-acre Barry M. Goldwater Range and other key tenant units.
The 56th CONS consists of three operational flights.
The Services Flight provides full and complete acquisition support to all 56th and 944th Fighter wings and tenant unit customers. The Services Flight is responsible for satisfying customers’ mission requirements through the award and administration of all nonpersonnel and personnel services contracts. The Infrastructure or Construction Flight provides acquisition support for all base infrastructure requirements. These requirements include alterations, repairs, renovations and upgrades construction of real property at Luke Air Force Base and at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field, as well as the Fort Tuthill Recreation Area. The Plans and Programs Flight provides management analysis and data processing support. The Quality Assurance Program coordinator trains contracting officer representatives to perform their duties of monitoring contractor performance. This flight also serves as the Installation Program Management Office for the 56th FW Government Purchase Card Program. The Government Purchase Card Program Office manages 224 cardholders, 90 billing officials and more than 19,000 transactions with expenditures averaging more than $12 million annually.
In addition, the 56th CONS has a small-business specialist responsible for ensuring the 56th FW meets Air Force mandated small-business goals. The specialist educates leadership, contracting personnel and customers on the rules and regulations of contracting with small business. The specialist is also responsible for training small businesses on how to do business with the federal government and provides upcoming contract opportunities at Luke AFB.
Equally important in their role of mission support, the 56th CON is in the business of training, equipping and deploying contingency contracting officers worldwide. For additional information on the 56th CON, call 623-856-7162 or DSN 896-7162.