56th Fighter Wing Leadership



Brig. Gen. Todd Canterbury

    Vice Commander
Col. Michael Richardson

      Command Chief
CMSgt Ronald Thompson




Group Commanders


           Maintenance Group Commander           Medical Group Commander            Operations Group Commander                Mission Support Group                                    
                        Col. Gregory Hutson                              Col. (Dr.) Daniel Lamar                      Col. Matthew Renbarger                    Col. Robert Sylvester                                                                  
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                                                                           Community Initiative Director        Range Management Office Director
James Mitchell                               Charles Buchanan
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We’ve showed you tips for beating the heat, but make sure you look out for your furry friends, too! 🐶☀️ #summersafety #petsafety
Thunderbolts - have you heard there were updates to AFI 36-2903? Check out some of the major changes in this short video and then get smart on all of them by reviewing the full list here: https://go.usa.gov/xU9kX
Krav Maga instructors visited Luke Air Force Base last week to teach our Security Forces #defenders combative techniques that they can use in their daily operations to ensure the safety of themselves and our personnel. Upon completion of the seven-day Krav Maga training, the members became instructor certified to teach military and government employees.
Did you know the AFMS - Luke - 56th Medical Group​ operates a pharmacy in Scottsdale 2 days a week to better serve the beneficiaries in the east valley? Here’s what you need to know: 1️⃣ open Mon & Thur 0900-1500 2️⃣ located at 7301 E 4th St, Suite 7 Scottsdale AZ 3️⃣ call 623-856-3450 for assistance 4️⃣ to refill a prescription call 623-856-3969
Each week an Airman is recognized from the 56th Fighter Wing as the Thunderbolt of the Week for their outstanding performance and dedication to duty. Join us in congratulating the amazing Airmen of Thunderbolt nation!
Have you seen those scenes in movies where the computer geniuses track the bad guys trying to break into a network and stop them?! Well we just got our own version...kind of. 💻⛔️🔍 Luke's network security was recently upgraded with the Mission Defense Team reaching initial operating capability. The MDT monitors base network traffic and communicates any threats, anomalies, or suspicious activity. Learn more about how the Air Force is transforming Communication Squadrons to optimize #cyber security for weapons systems and networks.
“What this program is going to do is provide the stability for the AMU to produce a consistent turn-pattern of aircraft..to produce more pilots, more efficiently, with a higher quality of training.” As part of an effort to increase #F35 maintenance effectiveness and efficiency the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit created a team of unified maintenance Air Force specialties called Lightning Integrated Technicians. Learn how these #Airmen have exceeded Air Education and Training Command mission capable rates with fewer technicians than traditional manpower constructs. https://go.usa.gov/xUBHb
The U.S. Air Force F-35 Heritage Flight Team is heading to the UK to take part in the #RAF100 festivities this weekend!
Thunderbolts - don't make dinner plans for Thursday night...come out to Club Five Six and take part in the PF Chang's food truck!
We recently had the honor of hosting Under Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan. During his visit he gained insight into #F35 training operations and served as the guest speaker for the 61st Fighter Squadron F-35A basic course graduation. ⭐️ Fun Fact! Under Secretary Donovan graduated from the 426th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron at Luke in 1983 as an F-15 Eagle pilot and his initial instructor pilot was an exchange officer from the Royal Australian Air Force. The #61FS continues the legacy of #Mateship and strengthening alliances today. 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUWUC
“As you progress in your career and you advance in rank, you find that your responsibilities change and your role in the organization changes. You take what you get and you learn from it. Every experience you have, you take something away.” For DeLand, Fla. native Capt Kristi Machado her journey from college graduate to Enlisted Airman to Force Support Officer is one of optimism and pragmatism that led her to becoming the leader she is today. Read more here: https://go.usa.gov/xUjtp #KnowYourMil
Chief Wright just announced an update to the Enlisted Force Structure. Take a few min to review and if you have any questions let us know and we’ll do our best to get them answered.
Hope everyone is celebrating big (and safe!) today! 🎇🇺🇸
We had a blast at LukeEvents Freedom Fest Friday night! If you couldn't make it or need more fireworks in your life here are a few place around the West Valley you can find them tomorrow night! 🎇Westgate Firework Fest | 5-9pm 🎇⚾️Surprise Fourth of July baseball game and fireworks | game starts at 5:30pm, fireworks 8:30pm 🎇Goodyear's Star-Spangled 4th | 6-10pm 🎇Buckeye's Old-Fashioned Independence Day Celebration | 7-9pm 🎇Red, White and Boom! at The Wigwam | 6-8:30pm 🎇Tolleson 4th of July Celebration | starts at 4pm 🎇Peoria's All-American Festival | fireworks at 9:15pm *some events are free and some require tickets so give them a quick google search to get all the details!* 📸: A1C Alex Cook
#DYK that servicemembers can register to vote by absentee ballot in whatever state they are a resident of? Watch this video from the Federal Voting Assistance Program - FVAP to learn more! You can also call the Luke A&FRC for help getting registered and requesting your ballot at 623-856-6550.
Every day we build fighter pilots. Airman Magazine recently spent time with the 54th Fighter Group to learn more about how we are helping the United States Air Force get after the complex issue of the pilot shortage.
Today we marked the end of our summer change of command season (13 this year!). Thanks again to all the outstanding leaders who departed for your contributions building the future of #airpower and welcome to all new commanders! Pics from all the ceremonies here at Luke (as well as many other events from around TBolt Nation) can be found on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/56fwpa/albums
Thunderbolts time for some #SummerSafety reminders! Even though we only hit 110 degrees 5 times so far in June (compared to 11 times from 2015-2017) it’s still hot enough to need to hydrate and wear your SPF every day. 🔥🔥🔥 What else do you do to stay cool?
Today Luke Air Force Base completed our 20,000th #F35 sortie! We continue to build the future of airpower with an amazing total force, partner nation and industry team! Congrats to all who played a part! 🇺🇸🇦🇺🇮🇹🇳🇴🇯🇵 944th Fighter Wing Air Force Reserve Luke AFB F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office F-35 Lightning II
Last week Thunderbolts climbed dirt hills and dove into muddy waters as they took on the Jump in the Mud 5k. Learn how one Thunderbolt got out of her comfort zone and got more than a good workout from it. #mudrun #5K #thunderbolts LukeEvents
Training Exercise: Operation Jersey Wrath, is taking over the Arizona skies this week with aircraft from #DoverAFB,… https://t.co/Ir2MISllOo
@DouglasCP @28thBombWing Most of the footage is in Vegas but we made the video for our air show earlier this year! Good looking out!
You make it easy! 😎 https://t.co/GCg3U7muCi
#Airmen supported more than 30 events across the Valley this weekend in support of #VeteransDay. It was an honor to… https://t.co/MprEAdIy0W
RT @usairforce: .@LukeAFB #K9 unit trained with @AZNationalGuard #Medics to familiarize themselves with giving dogs medical attention, gett…
Luke AFB welcomed @espn @FirstTake for a special episode live from our own hangar! Take a peek at the highlights as… https://t.co/T1GCtPT4Za
RT @AETCommand: From everyone in the First Command, we want to say thank you to all of our #veterans -- we are extremely proud of your serv…
Make sure to stop by and hang out with our EOD team working a booth at ASU’s #SaluteToService tailgate! https://t.co/xI4cjkFyFJ
RT @willcain: These badasses stand between us and the bad guys. Wish I would’ve served. Instead my @Firsttake flight with the 309th “Mad Ma…
Thanks for coming and seeing how we train the world’s greatest fighter pilots! #qqmf https://t.co/6ZdRSR37hm
RT @RioSaladoOnline: Happy anniversary to our @mcccd Military & Veteran Success Center West at @LukeAFB in @GlendaleAZ on its one year anni…
RT @AETCommand: Education is job #1! Members of the @AASAHQ recently visited @LukeAFB for an interactive visit w/the 56th FW to check out…
RT @AETCommand: Have a suggestion that would enhance the flying training community? Or a concern that needs to be addressed? Gen. Doherty,1…
Keep ‘em coming so we can keep training the world’s greatest #f35 pilots! 🇺🇸 🇦🇺 🇳🇴 🇮🇹 🇹🇷 🇳🇱 https://t.co/tSWDzIud3D
.@willcain Representing the 309th Fighter Squadron on @FirstTake 🤙🏼✈️😎 https://t.co/m10g4aogJy
RT @ddewitt33: Gettin’ it in AZ @LukeAFB today!!! https://t.co/cMK1CeJpDA

F-35 Heritage Flt Team