Thunderbolt 2015 Rates

Base newspaper for Luke Air Force Base

Published every Friday

Mission: Luke Air Force Base is the largest and only active-duty F-16 training base in the world, with more than 200 F-16s assigned. Our Mission is to train the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots and maintainers, while deploying mission ready warfighters.


  • Total: Approximately 12,805
  • Military: 7,500
  • Officer: Data not released
  • Enlisted: Data not released
  • Dependents: 15,000
  • Contractor: 1,248
  • Civilian: 2,164
  • Retired: 80,000
  • Rotational exercise: 194
  • Reserves: 1,699

Payroll: Approx. $1.073 billion

Contracts: $690,553,286

Total Economic Impact in AZ: $2.17 billion

Services purchased locally: $653 million

Housing units: 550

Major tenants: Four tenant commands including the 944th Fighter Wing assigned to 10th Air Force, 607th Air Control Squadron, ACC TRS DET 1 and the Air Force Reserve, Gila Bend AF Auxiliary Field; Gila Bend Associate Unit. AFAA Area Audit Office; AFOSI Det 421 Luke AFB; Army Corps of Engineers; AFGE Local 1547; Det 1, ACC Training Support SQ.; Det 12/372nd Training SQ; AFLSA/ADC; OLAD, 29th Training SQ; 29th Training SQ; 71st FTW/DYNCORP; 107th Air Control SQ; Defense Commissary Agency; U.S. Air Force Auxiliary; USAF Liaison Office

Major Units: The wing is composed of four groups, 27 squadrons, including eight fighter squadrons. 56th Fighter Wing, 56th Operations Group, 56th Maintenance Group, 56th Mission Support Group, 56th Medical Group.

Remote annexes: 1.8 million acre Barry M. Goldwater Range

Substantial interaction with other bases, services: Davis-Monthan AFB, Air National Guard Snowbird Operations, Eglin AFB, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Air Force Reserve

Major facilities on base: Hospital, Base Exchange, Commissary, Fitness Center, outdoor recreation center

Extended education facilities on base: Air Force Education Center

Projected increase/decrease in personnel: Luke AFB was selected as the Preferred Alternative Training Site for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter

Zip codes within market area: 85309 85338 85383 85301 85340 85387 85302 85345 85388 85303 85351 85392 85304 85355 85395 85305 85363 85029 85306 85373 85033 85307 85374 85037 85308 85375 85053 85310 85379 85323 85381 85335 85382


  • Updated daily
  • Searchable
  • Includes PDF of the print edition

Related links: Luke Air Force Base

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Color Charges: (per insertion)

  • Spot Color: Please add $3.00 per column inch, per color
  • Process Color: Please add $9.00 per column inch

Pre-printed Flyer Insertion Rates:

  • Single Sheet (8.5x 11 inches) $40 per thousand
  • 4-8 tabloid pages $42 per thousand
  • 12-24 tabloid pages $46 per thousand
  • 28+ tabloid pages $52 per thousand

Max size is 10×13 inches. 2,000 minimum run, $85 min charge
Shipping address: 456 E. Ave. K-4, Ste 8, Lancaster, CA 93535
All inserts must be received by Mon., 3pm, week of insertion

Mechanical Requirements:

Page size: 6 columns x 13 inches – Image area 10.25″ x 13″ tall
1 column: 1.5625″ 2 columns: 3.325″ 3 columns: 5.00″
4 columns: 6.75″ 5 columns: 8.50″ 6 columns: 10.25″

Electronic File Requirements:

Please submit files as a pdf, 300dpi as CMYK, no 4/c black


Published every Friday, Distributed to military and contractor personnel on Luke AFB, including all offices and high traffic locations on base. Also delivered to high traffic locations throughout the Phoenix West Valley. Available online at 12,000 copies weekly.

Advertising Deadline: Tuesday noon for that Friday’s publication.


Online Advertising

Web ad pricing is per client, per site, per week.
Web ads rotate among five clients.

  • Full Banner (468 x 60 pixels) – $50
  • Leaderboard (728 x 90 pixels) – $75
  • Square (250 x 250 pixels) – $75
  • Half Banner (234 x 60 pixels) – $40
  • Medium Rectangle (300 x 250 pixels) – $65


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