Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

Air Force Secretary Tours Luke Air Force Base For First Time After Receiving Representative McSally’s Invitation

August 24, 2018
Press Release
McSally Uses Visit To Highlight Arizona's National Security Assets

Luke Airforce Base – Heather Wilson, the Secretary of the Air Force, visited Luke Air Force Base (AFB) for the first time today at the invitation of Representative McSally, the only member of the House Armed Services Committee in Arizona. On her tour, Secretary Wilson saw firsthand how Arizona’s unique geography and location helps the U.S. Air Force train pilots for the world’s most advanced aircraft.

At the 56th Fighter Wing Headquarters, Secretary Wilson, Representatives McSally, Lesko, and Sinema participated in a town hall meeting with Luke AFB officers and enlisted Airmen. After the town hall, the Air Force Secretary examined Luke’s F-35 Academic Training Center and Secretary Wilson and Representative McSally flew the F-35 simulator. More than 300 pilots graduate from Luke annually and proceed to combat assignments throughout the world. The 56th Fighter Wing also trains more than 350 maintenance technicians each year. The tour concluded by visiting the 63rd Fighter Squadron, which trains F-35A pilots. Secretary Wilson, Representative McSally, Representative Lesko, and Representative Sinema then went to the flightline to see an F-35A on the ramp. The day concluded with Secretary Wilson, Representative McSally, and Representative Lesko attending a reception hosted by Fighter Country Partnership, a local group of civic leaders committed to supporting the mission, Airmen, and families at Luke. 

"It was an honor welcoming Secretary Wilson to Luke Air Force base to see first-hand, the home of the training of the our next generation of fighter pilots. I would like to thank her for accepting my invitation to meet with the brave men and women of the 56th Fighter Wing,” said Congresswoman McSally. “Today, Secretary Wilson saw why Luke and our region are essential to the mission of our Air Force and national defense."

Congresswoman McSally greets Secretary Wilson.  

Secretary Wilson briefs Congresswoman McSally.

At the F-35 Academic Training Center, Congresswoman McSally and Secretary Wilson were able to test simulators used by our Airmen.

Congresswoman McSally discusses how Luke Air Force delivers major victories for the U.S. Air Force.