Military Installations in AZ
A military member assigned to TDY (Temporary Duty) or that has PCS (Permanent Change of Station) orders to Luke Air Force Base, located near Glendale, Arizona, will reside at one of the largest Pilot Training Centers in the U.S.
Here the 56th Fighter Wing, which is organized under Air Education and Training Command, train pilots of the F-16 Fighting Falcons and those of the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.
Many of graduated pilots after training are sent to fight in various missions around the world to support on-going operations, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The service members assigned here will find available housing on base and in the community. Dormitories are available as well for enlisted single Airmen, E-4 and below. Accommodations are also at the Fighter Country Inn (in Building 660) where there are six pet-friendly units. Tip: By contacting in advance, within 30 days prior to arrival, the Housing Management and Referral Office one can ensure to have their name placed on the list for privatized government housing at Luke AFB. This is the place also to stop by for off-base housing information. For off-base rental property, personnel can also find housing through the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN.com).
Adult educational services are found on base in building 1150. There are five on-base colleges and universities open to service members, civilians and military family members. Those that have children will need to attend school in the Phoenix school district off base, which is about 15 miles or 24 km away as there are no DoDDS (Department of Defense Dependents Schools) on base.
Employment in AZ
Military dependents and/or spouses who accompany the service member to Luke AFB will find employment assistance at the Airman & Family Readiness Center (in building 1113). Tip: Be sure to find out about the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program as well as the Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) career portal for employment opportunities. The job unemployment rate in Arizona is at 7.9 percent. (BLS, 2012)
Those that are single parents on PCS orders to Luke AFB are entitled to a Family Child Care provider. This is available within the first 60 days of arrival or 30 days of departure when it is authorized to have up to 20 hours of free child care. For family entertainment, there is the Arizona Museum for Youth (in Mesa) and the Arizona Science Center (in Phoenix).