The 56th Mission Support Group’s Mission, Vision, and Mindset is as follows:
MISSION: Putting the Teeth in the Jaws of the World's Greatest Fighter Pilot Production Machine
VISION: Advancing the Future of Operational Air Force Mission Support
MINDSET: People Mission Community
Organizational email: 56MSG.CCEA@us.af.mil
Col. Peter Abercrombie II
The wing’s most diverse group is comprised of six squadrons: Civil Engineering, Contracting, Communications, Force Support, Logistics Readiness, and Security Forces. The group consists of more than 1,800 members, responsible for a broad portfolio of programs, including infrastructure management, emergency response, explosive ordnance disposal, procurement, communications operations and management, cyber defense, personnel management, care and wellness, quality-of-life programs, casualty and mortuary services, logistics, transportation, security, law enforcement and force protection. They serve over 94,000 active-duty personnel, reserve personnel, civilians, students, family, retirees, and other veterans. The group partners with the local community to enable the wing’s mission of training the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots; while simultaneously deploying combat ready Airmen across the globe. The 56th Mission Support Group is headquartered in Bldg. S11, across from the static displays and Club.
56TH COMMUNICATIONS SQUADRON
Mission: We connect Airmen by delivering cyber capabilities.
Organizational email: 56CS.CC@us.af.mil
Maj. Ashley Lopez-Clark
The 56th Communications Squadron provides cyber, communication, and information capabilities supporting Luke Air Force Base through the ongoing acquisition, installation, operation and maintenance of the latest available technologies. They further provide and support network operations, personal wireless communications systems, records management, publications and forms, spectrum management, knowledge management services, telecommunications and information assurance. Acting as the eyes and ears for the wing commander on cyber readiness, the 56th Communications Squadron guarantees mission assurance for effective fighter pilot training, maintenance, support and medical operations.
56TH SECURITY FORCES SQUADRON
Mission: To secure aerospace assets, protect the community, and deploy forces at any time and any place.
Organizational email: email@example.com
Maj Andrew Cook
The 56th Security Forces Squadron provides force protection for the base. Housed in Building 179 are the command section, armory, and law enforcement and security operations. Building 179 also contains offices for information and personnel security, resource protection, reports and analysis, confinement, investigations and the wing antiterrorism program.
Duty weapons training is conducted by the Combat Arms section in Building 909. Military working dogs are in Building 1100. Security Forces training, including READY training, is conducted at Building 808, and Security Forces mobility functions are at the El Mirage facility at the intersection of El Mirage and Glendale Avenue, 2 miles east of the base.
To report a crime or suspicious activity or to provide assistance with routine matters, please call the law enforcement desk at 623-856-6322, option 3. For an emergency, please call 911 from an on-base phone. If using a cellphone, you must tell them you need the Luke Air Force Base 911 dispatcher.
56TH LOGISTICS READINESS SQUADRON
Mission: Set the standard for global logistics support
Organizational email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lt. Col. Starkey
The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron operates in various locations throughout the base and is made up of several flights. The Deployment and Distribution Flight is responsible for providing centralized control, planning, and execution of the wing deployment process and the distribution of in/outbound F-35/F-16 cargo, The West Coast Hydraulic Centralized Repair Facility (CRF), Air Terminal Operations, Ground Transportation, Passenger Travel and Personal Property. The Fuels Management Flight, a 24-hour operation responsible for receiving, storing and issuing over 52 million gallons of aviation fuel, ground fuel and cryogenic products annually to the Air Force's largest Fighter Wing. The Fuels Service Center, maintains command and control of all fuels assets. The Materiel Management Flight provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week customer service and supply support to the largest fighter wing supply account in the Air Force with 31,000 line items located in 17 warehouses.
The 56th Logistics Readiness Squadron also maintains 56th and 944th Fighter Wings' F-16 mobility readiness spares packages and supports dissimilar aircraft training kit deployments for the 56th FW. The readiness flight is responsible for ensuring the 56th FW is a deployable entity for Air Education and Training Command. The Vehicle Management flight uses innovative technology to provide effective, energy efficient services to maintain and ensure a safe reliable fleet to support 56 FW requirements.
56TH CIVIL ENGINEER SQUADRON
Mission: Provide technically sound combat ready engineers to build, sustain and protect Luke AFB through engineering and emergency response services.
Lt. Col. John Marshall
The 56th Civil Engineer Squadron--also known as the Dragonslayers- provide technically sound combat engineers to build, sustain, and protect Luke AFB through engineering and emergency response services. They are organized into six flights consisting of 350 personnel, and support $2B in infrastructure, $4.8B of aircraft, 1,043 facilities, and the 1.7 million acre Barry M. Goldwater Range. The Fire & Emergency Services Flight provides first class emergency response services for medical, structural and aircraft to the base populace. The Explosive Ordnance Disposal flight provides the best trained and equipped technicians to safely accomplish stateside and wartime tasking's, maintains 24-hour emergency response capability, neutralizes explosive threats to personnel and property, and provides special mission support teams worldwide. The Readiness & Emergency Management flight prepares and equips the Wing to support peacetime and wartime contingencies. The Installation Management flight protects the environment, provides quality housing, accounts for wing real estate, and provides unit cost accounting and IT services. The Operations flight maintains and sustains base infrastructure, facilities, and real property assets. The Engineering flight develops future base plans, programs capital projects, and oversees the design, construction and repair of base assets.
56TH CONTRACTING SQUADRON
Mission: Provide best value acquisition capabilities while setting the standard in acquisition support
Organizational email: 56CONS.CC@us.af.mil
Maj. Christopher James
The 56th Contracting Squadron awards more than $50 million annually in appropriated and non-appropriated funded contracts and manages more than $200 million in contracts supporting the 56th Fighter Wing, 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 Contracting Squadron consists of three separate and distinct operational flights: the acquisitions flight A, acquisition flight B, and the plans and programs flight. In addition, this flight also serves as the installation program management office for the 56th Fighter Wing Government Purchase Card Program. The Government Purchase Card Program Office manages 230 cardholders, 100 billing officials and more than 20,000 transactions with expenditures averaging over $12 million annually. The 56th Contracting Squadron also trains, equips and deploys Contingency Contracting Officers worldwide for the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Forces.
56TH FORCE SUPPORT SQUADRON
Mission: Provide world class support to Airmen and their families.
Organizational email: 56FSS.CCE@us.af.mil
Maj. Maria Berardo
The 56 FSS provides full array of mission support products and services. Areas of responsibility include military personnel, civilian personnel, education services, Family Support Center, Airman Leadership School, and First Term Airman Center. The 56FSS is also responsible for enhancing quality of life by providing a range of mission supporting recreational, educational, and life sustaining activities. These include the combined officer and enlisted clubs, dining facilities, fitness centers, library, community center and outdoor recreation, youth and child development centers, lodging, mortuary affairs and honor guard programs in support of 93,000 military, civilian, retirees and family members. The squadron's oversight includes exchange and commissary liaison as well as the Fort Tuthill recreation area located in Flagstaff, Arizona.