October 2, 2015

56th Fighter Wing


Active duty 3,149

Officers 288

Second lieutenant 20

First lieutenant 29

Captain 87

Major 93

Lieutenant colonel 47

Colonel 11

Brigadier general 1

Enlisted 2,861

Airman basic 7

Airman 58

Airman first class 438

Senior airman 825

Staff sergeant 772

Technical sergeant 443

Master sergeant 249

Senior master sergeant 46

Chief master sergeant 23

Male 2,657

Female 564

Dorm residents 392

Deployed 292

Reserve 1,466

Active status 38

Air Reserve technicians 25

Civilians 820


To train the world’s greatest F-35 and F-16 fighter pilots.

Training (Fiscal 2015)


B-course graduates 83

Current students 61


B-course graduates 9

Current students 11

MRA graduates 313

   Current students 44


Wing commander: Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus

Vice wing commander: Col. David Shoemaker

Director of staff: Lt. Col. Jason Cooper

Command chief: Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza

Operations Group commander:
Col. William Bailey

Maintenance Group commander:
Col. Ricky Ainsworth

Mission Support Group commander:
Col. James Kossler

Medical Group commander: Col. Maureen Charles

Wing staff agencies

Demographics: There are 51 military and 70 civilian members.

Mission and leadership

Comptroller squadron: Pays Airmen and bills, provides commanders resources and advice needed to execute missions.

Commander: Maj. Joseph Nicholas

Equal opportunity: Assists in eliminating the effects of social problems that detract from the mission.

Director: Ronald Goodwin

Command post: Serves as the eyes and ears for the wing commander 24-hours-a-day and as the nerve center for Luke Air Force Base operations

Chief, command post: Maj. Mark Cretella

Chapel: A spiritual needs-based ministry impacting the wing and air expeditionary force missions, anytime anyplace

Wing chaplain: Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Larry Fowler

Historian: Documents the activities of Luke AFB and provides historical reference services.

Historian: Richard Griset

Inspector general: An independent agency that investigates complaints, allegations of reprisal, improper mental health referrals, fraud, waste and abuse.

IG: Lt. Col Curtis St. Amand

Information protection: Provides a secure environment for protecting sensitive information assets and enabling sustainable capability for seamless information exchange.

Chief: Master Sgt. Bruce Thompson

Staff judge advocate: Provides legal services for the 56th FW

Staff judge advocate: Lt. Col. Joel England

Deputy: Maj. Sara Carrasco

Public affairs: Provides information on Luke issues, programs and base events to Airmen, the community and news media; provides counsel to leaders; programs are designed to increase public understanding of the wing’s mission.

Chief: Maj. Matthew Hasson

Deputy chief: Kiley Dougherty

Sexual assault prevention and response office: Ensures victims of sexual assault receive the care and support they require; uses education and intervention to foster an environment free of sexual assault.

SAPR coordinator: Sylvia Jones

Safety office: Provides the wing with risk management processes to facilitate the commander’s safety programs.

Chief: Lt. Col. Michael Cowan

Flight safety: Maj. John Pitts

Ground safety manager: Bernard Bruce

Wing Plans and Programs: Enhances Thunderbolt readiness in support of wing and headquarters planning, execution and expeditionary force objectives.

Chief: Lt. Col. Jeremiah Reed

Protocol: Focal point for organizing distinguished visitor visits to Luke; provides policy and procedural guidance, proper protocol requirements and special handling for distinguishing visitors, dignitaries and official military ceremonies and social functions

Chief: 1st Lt. Amanda Steele

Range Management/Airspace: Provides management of the air-to-air and air-to-ground tactical aviation range complexes and airspace while incorporating environment stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on the Barry M. Goldwater Range.

Director: Chas Buchanan

Community initiatives team: Serves as the primary liaison between the 56th FW commander and surrounding political subdivisions, developers and major stakeholders interested in coordinating compatible land development in areas impacted by the flying mission of Luke AFB.

Director: Rusty Mitchell

Wing staff agencies superintendent: Senior Master Sgt. Jason Lorhr

First sergeant: Master Sgt. Brandy Rucker

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