Base newspaper for Luke Air Force Base. Published the first Friday of the month

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Published the first Friday of the month and 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

Print Edition: 10,000

Digital Edition – Facebook Subscribers: 2,627

Total: 12,627

Mission: Located in Glendale, Arizona, just west of Phoenix, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter win in the Air Force and the only active-duty F-16 training wing. Each year, the base trains more than 280 active-duty, Guard and Reserve F-16 pilots and more than 345 maintenance crew chiefs. The F-35 mission ramped up on May 21st, 2015, when the first class began. Nearly every organization on base either directly or indirectly supports F-35 and F-16 Fighting Falcon operations.


       • Total: Approximately 10,414

       • Military: 5210

       • Officer: Data not released

       • Enlisted: Data not released

       • Dependents: 5996

       • Contractor: 1,248

       • Civilian: 2,063

       • Retired: 65,000

       • Rotational exercise: 194

       • Reserves: 1,699

Payroll: Approx. $633 million

Total Economic Impact in AZ: $748 million

Services purchased locally: $115 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


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  • 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: News West Publishing, 2435 Miracle Mile Bullhead City, AZ 86442.
All inserts must be received by Mon., 3 pm, 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″

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