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56th Range Management Office

Mr. Chas Buchanan

Phone: (623) 856-7216

The 56th Range Management Office oversees the Barry M. Goldwater Range East and Gila Bend Air Force Axillary Field and is responsible for more than 200 military, civilian and contract personnel. The BMGR East is the AF's largest dedicated training range for U.S. and allied pilots consisting of over 1.05 million acres. 56 RMO and the BMGR East is in direct support of the 56th Fighter Wing mission (along with supporting the 355th and 162nd Wings) and is an essential part in training the world's greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmen. The services provided are unique as it incorporates the mission of one single unit encompassing a variety of skill sets including scientists, operations and airspace specialists. They direct all operational environment stewardship activities to ensure sustained range operations. They are also responsible for the 11 million acres of airspace assigned to Luke Air Force Base. In resolving airspace and land management issues, they liaise directly with 15 separate Federal and State of Arizona agencies well as 26 Native American tribes. 




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8/24/2023 5:30 PM Natural Resource Management Public Meeting

BMGR is hosting public meetings to discuss natural resources management on the range including progress made since 2018 and future work planned on the range.

You are invited to two public informational meetings for the updating of the 2018 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plan and Public Report for the Barry M. Goldwater Range. You can also review and comment on the BMGR Public Report for 30 days from August 14 to September 12, 2023. Comments on the BMGR Public Report and INRMP Revision can be emailed to:

Meeting Information: 
Date: August 24, 2023
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Yuma County Library District Main Library
2951 S 21st Drive
Yuma, AZ 85364

Quarterly Newsletters

We will be publishing a quarterly newsletter to keep you up to date with our happens. Make sure to check here quarterly to download your copy.

 Spring 2023 - Volume 1, Issue 1


Range Management Office News