56th Operations Group

56th Operations Group

Mission: Advance Airpower through elite instruction for the U.S., Allies, and Partners.


Commercial phone number: (623) 856-5950

Organizational email: 56og.ccea@luke.af.mil



Col. Matthew Johnston


The 56th Operations Group has operational control and responsibility for the entire fighter-training mission at Luke and supports F-15C fighter pilot training for the 173d Fighter Wing, Kingsley Field OR, and F-16 pilot training at the 162nd Fighter Wing, Tucson Air National Guard Base AZ.  As the largest fighter group in the United States Air Force, the 56 OG is composed of seven fighter squadrons of F-35A Lightning II and F-16 Fighting Falcons, an air control squadron, an operations support squadron, a training squadron, a fighter squadron stationed at Kingsley Field, and one detachment at Tucson Air National Guard Base.