Air Force Secretary Accepts Representative Martha McSally’s Invitation to Tour Luke Air Force Base
GLENDALE – Heather Wilson, the Secretary of the Air Force, has accepted Representative McSally’s invitation to tour Luke Air Force Base today and see firsthand how important the base is to Arizona. Home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the only active-duty Air Force F-16 training wing, Luke Air Force Base has over 5,250 military and civilian personnel, over 70 F-35As and over 70 F-16s, 24 squadrons, and four tenant units. State officials have concluded that Luke Air Force Base is a major economic driver for the region and has a total economic impact of over $2 billion per year. Representative McSally was a chief proponent in securing $40 million to construct a F-35 aircraft maintenance unit facility in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.
"Arizona’s bases have attributes you won’t find anywhere else: over 300 days a year of sunshine, ample military airspace, and proximity to the Barry F. Goldwater Ranges, to list just a few," said Congresswoman McSally. "As a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, I am honored that the Secretary of the Air Force has accepted my invitation to visit Luke Air Force Base and meet with the brave men and women of the 56th Fighter Wing. Today, Secretary Wilson will tour this amazing facility and see firsthand how the Grand Canyon State’s unique location delivers major victories for the U.S. Air Force.”