LUKE AIR FORCE BASE: IN-DEPTH WELCOME CENTER
IntroductionWelcome to Phoenix, Arizona, home of Luke Air Force Base. Named for World War I flying ace and native of Phoenix Lieutenant Frank Luke, the first aviator to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Built in 1941, it served as the largest fighter training base during WWII. Home to the Air Corps Advanced Flying Schools, it trains 75% of the world’s F-35 pilots and hosts many from partner nations including Australians, Italians, Dutch, Singaporean, and Norwegians. It is also home to the 56th and 944th Fighter Wings as well as all supporting commands with 4,300 active duty, 1,300 reserve, and 1,300 civilian personnel. Continue reading for our in-depth guide on Luke Air Force Base to help aid you in your transition to your new post home.
- Where Is Luke Air Force Base?
- Google Map View
- Getting There – Directions to the Base
- Entering Luke Air Force Base and Base Amenities
- Check-in Procedures for Incoming Personnel
- Luke Air Force Base Visitor Center
- Luke Air Force Base DEERS Office
- Luke Air Force Base Gate Hours
- Luke Air Force Base Commissary
- Luke Air Force Base Exchange
- Luke Air Force Base Barber Shops
- Luke Air Force Base Post Office
- Luke Air Force Base Finance Office
- Luke Air Force Base Legal Office
- Luke Air Force Base Library
- Luke Air Force Base Hotels
- Where Should I Live Near Luke Air Force Base?
- What Schools are Near Luke Air Force Base?
- What’s the Weather Like in Luke Air Force Base?
- Things to Do Near Luke Air Force Base
Where Is Luke Air Force Base?Located in Glendale, Arizona, west of the city of Phoenix, approximately a 30-minute drive from the center of town or Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Glendale has a population of around 250,700 and is in the country of Maricopa, home to 4.3 million residents.
Luke Air Force BaseSouth Gate, Bldg 879 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-4768
Luke Air Force Base Map
Luke Air Force Base Directions
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport TransportationThere is no base shuttle. If arriving without a car, your sponsor should be responsible for arranging your pickup.
Driving Directions to Luke Air Force Base
If Driving West on I-10 or from the Airport
- Take I-10 West for 14 miles
- Take exit 133B for AZ-101 Loop N
- Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 7B toward Glendale Ave
- Continue on Glendale Ave then turn right onto N Litchfield Rd
If Driving East on I-10
- Following I-10 East, take exit 124A for AZ-303 Loop N
- Continue onto AZ-303 Loop N/Arizona State Route 303 N for 5 miles
- Take exit 110B toward Northern Pkwy
- Continue onto Northern Pkwy
- Take exit 3 for Litchfield Rd and turn right
Luke Air Force Base Transportation Office7383 N Litchfield Rd, Bldg 1150 Luke Air Force Base, AZ, 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-6425 or 1 (623) 856-6424
Luke Air Force Base Transportation Office Hours
Monday through Friday- 0800 - 1500
Entering Luke Air Force Base and Base AmenitiesIf you do not have a valid military ID, you may have to stop at the visitor control centers to gain installation access. Click here for more information on the visitor control centers at Luke Air Force Base.
Check-in Procedures for Incoming PersonnelCheck in at your Unit Personnel Office (UPO) on the first floor of Bldg 1150.
Luke Air Force Base Finance Office7383 North Litchfield Road Building #1150. Luke Air Force Base, AZ, 85309
Luke Air Force Base Visitors CenterNew military personnel checking in should report to the gaining unit in the Personnel Office in Building 1150. In-processing is conducted Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 0900. Be sure to bring personnel records, including your medical and dental records, and financial paperwork for reimbursement of travel. If arriving after hours, you can check in at the arrival point at the Fighter Country Inn.
Fighter Country Inn7012 N Bong Lane, Bldg 660 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-3941
Luke Air Force Base Visitors CenterSouth Gate Building 879 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-4768
Luke Air Force Base DEERS OfficeThis one office serves all the functions of pass & ID processing center, DEERS, RAPIDS, and ID card issuing. When checking in for in-processing you can take care of everything here. You can schedule an appointment for DEERS and RAPIDS here, however, walk-ins are welcome Monday through Friday 0800-1500, except Wednesday when their hours are 0800-1300.
Luke Air Force Base Pass & ID / DEERS / ID/CAC Card Processing7383 N Litchfield Rd, Bldg 1150 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-7875 - ID Card Section & 1 (623) 856-7832 (Pass & ID Section)
Luke Air Force Base Pass & ID Processing Appointment Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday– 0800-1600
Saturday & Sunday- Closed
Luke Air Force Base Gate HoursGate hours and status can be found here. Pass and ID Office Phone Number: 1 (623) 449-0865 / 0867
South Gate (Main Gate)– Open 24/7
North Gate - Outbound Only- Monday through Friday 0600-0800 Inbound/Outbound & 1445-1700 Outbound Only
Lightning Gate- 0500-2100
Luke AFB CommissaryShopping for groceries, home items, clothes, and electronics is easy and convenient with the Exchange and Commissary located right next to each other right on base!
Luke Air Force Base Commissary7175 N 138th Ave Glendale, AZ 85307
Phone: 1 (623) 935-3822
Luke AFB Commissary Hours
Monday through Saturday- 0900-2000
Luke AFB BX7071 N 138th Ave, Bldg 1540 Glendale, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 935-2671
Luke AFB Post Exchange Hours
Monday through Saturday– 0830-1930
Luke Air Force Base Barber Shops
Main Exchange Barber Shop7071 N 138th Ave, Bldg 1540 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 96853
Phone: 1 (623) 249-6789
Monday through Friday– 0900-1700
Saturday & Sunday– 1000-1600
Stylique Salon7071 N 138th Ave, Bldg 1540 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 96853
Phone: 1 (623) 533-3895
Tuesday through Saturday– 0900-1700
Sunday and Monday– Closed
Luke Air Force Base Post OfficeGet your letters and packages delivered where they need to go properly and on time with the help of the Luke Air Force Base Post Office.
Luke Air Force Base Post Office14032 W Mustang St, Bldg 545 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 96853
Phone: 1 (800) 275-8777
Monday through Friday– 0800-1315 & 1430-1600
Luke Air Force Base Finance OfficeFinancial services and assistance are available to all personnel on the installation.
Hickam Accounting & Finance Office7383 N Litchfield Rd, Bldg 1150 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-7028
Monday through Friday- 0830-1500
Luke AFB Legal OfficeActive duty, dependents, and retirees are eligible for legal assistance in the following areas: notarization, powers of attorney, estate planning, wills, guardianship, divorce, dependent support, adoption, name change, debt, taxation, immigration, citizenship, Service Member’s Civil Relief Act, and consumer Affairs.
Region Legal Service Office7383 N Litchfield Rd, 2nd Floor, Bldg 1150 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-6937 (for appointments) or 1 (623) 856-6901
Region Legal Service Office Hours
Monday through Wednesday– 0830-1630
Friday through Sunday- Closed
Luke Air Force Base LibraryThe base library features special collections, transition assistance programs, online databases, and digital resources as well as children’s story times and book discussions.
Luke Air Force Base Library7424 N Homer Dr, Bldg 219 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 4856-7191
Tuesday through Friday- 0930-1730
Friday & Saturday- 1000-1600
Luke Air Force Base Hotels
Fighter Country Inn7012 N Bong Lane, Bldg 660 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-3941
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Where Should I Live Near Luke Air Force Base?If you’re considering living on base, check out the available on-base housing options. Otherwise, read on to find out more about living off base.
Cities Near Luke Air Force BaseLuke Air Force Base is in the city of Glendale and just 30 minutes west of Phoenix. With a population of over a quarter million people in Glendale and Phoenix with more than 1.6 million, there are plenty of places to live, shop, dine, and things to do.
Best Places to Live Near Luke Air Force Base
GlendaleGlendale is a great place to live due to its nice neighborhoods, entertainment and historic districts, and its proximity to base.
PhoenixEven Phoenix is a very viable option as it is only 22 miles from the base.
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Luke AFB SchoolsLuke has no DoD school on base, however, there are dozens of schools in the surrounding areas. Students who live on base will usually attend Dysart Unified School District or Litchfield Elementary School District, depending on their housing area. Avondale Elementary School District is the third option. For more information, contact the School Liaison Officer at the Airman & Family Readiness Center.
Luke Air Force Base School Liaison Officer
Airman & Family Readiness Center7282 N 137th Ave, Bldg 1113 Luke Air Force Base, AZ 85309
Phone: 1 (623) 856-6378
Luke Air Force Base WeatherBeing in southern Arizona, the weather is typical of an arid, desert climate. The summers are very hot with temperatures reaching as high as 110 degrees during the day, however, the humidity remains low, which helps with the relative heat index. Nights are cooler but remain in the low 80s. Winters are cool with lows in the high 40s and highs in the high 60s. Spring temperatures gradually rise from February to May ending the season with lows around 70 and highs around 100. During fall, the temperatures drop quickly from the sweltering summer heat to lows in the high 40s and highs in the mid 60s by November. Rain is very rare and the days are mostly sunny and clear year round. Winds are usually fairly calm and rarely stronger than 8 miles per hour. Expect dry air and constant sun so you’ll want to stay well hydrated and always use sunscreen and carry a hat. To find out more in-depth weather information visit our blog Luke Air Force Base Weather: What To Expect When Moving Here.
Things to Do Near Luke AFB
Outdoor ActivitiesThunderbird Conservation Park is a 1,185 acre park of beautiful desert hiking and climbing just west of base. You can also explore the Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve, home to more than 1,500 Native American petroglyphs of the Hohokam people.
Sports and ConcertsState Farm Stadium is the home of the Arizona Cardinals and hosts many other events like concerts for huge musical acts. Gila River Arena is home to the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) if you’re a hockey fan. This arena also hosts Lacrosse games and major concert events!
Shopping and EntertainmentLocated just a few minutes away from the stadium, a great spot for all sorts of diversions is the Westgate Entertainment District. This outdoor complex features shops, dining, theaters, bars, and outdoor entertainment in a beautiful al fresco setting. You can also check out the Glendale Historic District for antique shopping!
Suggested Read:20 Of the Best Things to Do on Luke Air Force Base
Restaurants Near Luke Air Force BaseGlendale and the surrounding areas have no shortage of great restaurants to try. Here are just the top three recommended by TripAdvisor for the areas around Luke AFB.
1. Ajo Al’s7458 W Bell Rd Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: 1 (623) 334-9899 Southwestern food with dog-friendly outdoor seating! A full bar, sizzling fajitas, tacos, and fresh guacamole make this a great choice!
2. Bobby Q8501 N 27th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85051
Phone: 1 (602) 995-5982 Everything from pub food, wings, steak, pizza, barbecue, and southwest egg rolls can be found here. A great place for a family dinner or a big night out with friends.
3. The Spicery In Our 1985 Home7141 N 59th Ave Glendale, AZ 85301
Phone: 1 (623) 937-6534 Located in the historic Catlin Court, this restaurant is in one of the oldest homes in the area, built in 1895. Enjoy a lunch or brunch in this charming historic setting which is particularly lovely during the winter holidays. Looking to explore more options? Check out 16 of the Best Luke Air Force Base Restaurants.
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ConclusionBeing located in the suburbs of a major US city makes this base a great place to be stationed and raise a family. Doing your research before arriving is the best way to get your feet under you before any move. We hope this guide will help get you and your family settled quickly so you can get out, explore, and enjoy the beautiful desert sunsets!
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