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56th Mission Support Group

56th Mission Support Group


Mission: Serving Fighter Country with PRIDE


P-rofessionalism   R-espect   I-nnovation   D-edication   E-nthusiasm


Vision: Develop world class leaders and provide premier support to the Air Force’s largest Fighter Wing


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-6304


Organizational email: 56MSG.CCEA@us.af.mil



Col. Robert A. Sylvester


The 56th Mission Support Group provides premier support to the F-35 Lightning II, the F-16 Fighting Falcon and all of Thunderbolt Nation. The Group supports the community, and delivers responsive combat support anytime, anywhere. The six squadrons of the group, over 1,800 members strong, perform critical installation management enabling the Air Forces largest fighter wing to keep flying high. The Group provides emergency response in the form of Security/Law Enforcement and fire Protection and serves more than 94,000 people including active duty, reserve, civilians, students, family and retirees. The base has approximately $2.8 billion in land, building and real property including 4,700 acres at Luke AFB and 87,000 acres at the Barry M. Goldwater range complex.




Mission:  We connect Airmen by delivering cyber capabilities.


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-7160

Organizational email: 56cs.pdo@luke.af.mil  



Maj Nathaniel Edwards


The 56th Communications Squadron provides cyber and 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, postal services, 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.





Mission: To secure aerospace assets, protect the community, and deploy forces at any time and any place.


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-5979

Organizational email: 56sfs.css@luke.af.mil



 Lt Col Brian Loveless



 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 1150, 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 623-856-5970, option 1. 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.





Mission: Set the standard for global logistics support


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-6401

Organizational email:  56lrs.cc@us.af.mil



Lt. Col. Robinson Mata


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.





Mission: Provide technically sound combat ready engineers to build, sustain and protect Luke AFB through engineering and emergency response services.


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-4703

Organizational email:  





Lt. Col. Paul Fredin

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.





Mission: Provide best value acquisition capabilities while setting the standard in acquisition support



Commercial phone number: (623) 856-7163

Organizational email:





Maj Barbara M Divine



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.






Mission: Provide world class support to Airmen and their families. 


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-7001




Lt. Col. Maritzel G. Castrellon


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.






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