There are 5 Military Bases in Arizona.
Located five miles from downtown, Tucson, Arizona, Davis-Monthan AFB is home to the Air Combat Command’s 355th Fighter Wing (355 FW). The base was named for Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan, two natives of Tucson who died in military aircraft accidents during the World War I era. Davis-Monthan is best known as the ‘aircraft boneyard,’ where obsolete or excess planes are mothballed.
Named for the Huachuca Mountains that surround it, Fort Huachuca is located in Sierra Vista, Arizona and is home of the United States Army Military Intelligence Center. Military Intelligence soldiers who have completed basic combat training are shipped to Fort Huachuca for advance individual training in the intelligence field. Personnel stationed here will interact with some of the most advanced military technology.
Inseparable from Phoenix’s military past and present, Luke Air Force Base has become an icon for the city’s northwest valley. Named after Arizona native and World War I flying ace Frank Luke Jr., Luke AFB is the premier training facility for the United States Air Force F-16 fighting falcon program, as well as being the home of the fighter wing of the Arizona Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
The Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is located in the state of Arizona, near the border of California and Mexico. This base serves primarily as a training ground for aircraft tactical assault and aviation weapons. The installation covers over 3,000 miles with an airport shared with the local community, the Yuma International Airport. The area is mainly a flat desert with sunshine year round, perfect conditions for aircraft training.
Yuma Proving Ground is an Army installation located in Arizona. It is one of the largest military installations in the world and covers well over 1,300 miles. Yuma Proving Ground not only is the forefront of testing ground artillery, it also tests aircrafts and air artillery. Yuma offers the perfect environment control, controlled testing year round for the military and government.
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).