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56 RMO Airspace and Range Operations

An F-35A Lightning II takes off from the Eglin Air Force Base runway after a hot pit refuel.  Airmen, Marines and Sailors are refueling their F-35 variants for multiple sorties via 96th Test Wing fuel trucks while construction is completed on the 33rd’s hot pit area.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Operators of the F-35A Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will train at the Barry M. Goldwater Range-East, managed by 56 RMO, in southwest Arizona.


The Airspace and Range Operations (ARO) flight of the Luke Air Force Base 56th Range Management Office (56 RMO) is responsible for supporting the range needs of BMGR-East users. These needs typically involve development of relevant target sets, electronic warfare infrastructure enhancements, and support of major exercises. ARO also manages daily training support on range in these key areas:

- Joint Tactical Air Controllers
- Weapons Footprint Analysis
- Laser Safety
- Range Control Officers
- Moving Target System
- Tactical Data Link Network
- Weapons Scoring Systems
- Threat Systems (Threat Emitters and Remote Smokey SAMs)
- Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation Pods and Debrief (ACMI)