welcome to our Arizona military bases information page! The Grand Canyon state became official in February 14, 1912 becoming our 48th state. The state has a population of a little over 7 million of that there are a little over 500 thousand veterans living in Arizona.
Arizona military bases include:
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
- Luke Air Force Base
- Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
- Yuma Proving Ground
- Barry M Goldwater Range Air Force Base
- Camp Navajo Army Base
- Fort Huachuca
- Electronic Proving Ground
- Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base
Map of Military Bases in Arizona
Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
Home to the 355th Fighter Wing (355 FW) assigned to the Twelfth Air Force, David-Monthan AFB is located in Tucson. The 355th at DM has five squadrons and more than 300 personnel working with 83 A-10C aircraft and an AN/TPS-75 radar system. It is also home to the 354th and 357th Fighter Squadrons, the 355th Operations Support Squadron and the 355th Training Squadron. All personnel here work hard to support Combatant Commanders anywhere in the world at any time. They train over 100 students annually for Combat Air Forces and provide quality assurance for contracts assessed at over $5.7 million.
Luke Air Force Base
Luke AFB is one of the largest in the world, operating close to Phoenix and Glendale AZ. It is known to be the only base to train F-16 Falcon pilots. Luke turns out close to 500 pilots and 700 technicians each year for deployment all over the globe. It’s also home to the 56th Fighter Wing, Operations, Maintenance, Medical and Mission Support groups. The 56th FW is the largest fighter wing in the world. As the F-35A Fighter slowly replaces active F-16 Falcon aircraft, Luke AFB is transitioning to be the primary pilot training center for this newest multi-role aircraft.
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
MCAS Yuma spreads across 3,000 acres of desert and wilderness. Located in the southwest corner of AZ, it serves as home to several squadrons including the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the MAWTS-1 (Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1) and VMFT-401 (Marine Fighter Training Squadron. Their primary focus is support of aerial weapons training for the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces and Navy.
Yuma Proving Ground
The Yuma Proving Ground is the widest military bases in the world and located far away from any human communities. This makes it an ideal testing ground for almost every weapons system in our military. Testing for mortars, mines, fire control systems, artillery, target acquisition, wheeled/tracked vehicles and more can be found here on any given day. In a given year 35,000 parachutes are dropped, half a million missiles rounds are taken and military vehicles run over 300,000 km.
Barry M Goldwater Range Air Force Base
This range is huge, covering several million acres, and is one of the largest live fire aircraft ranges in the world. The facility is also one of the most technologically up to date and is often the first testing ground for brand-new technologies freshly released from laboratories. It primarily falls under the jurisdiction of the USAF, but due to its large size, the Bureau of Land Management, Dept. of Fish and Game as well as the US Marine Corps all work toward securing the range. The amount of acreage available for live fire and bombing exercises make it highly active, and the range is usually in use both day and night. F16, F18, AVBB Harrier’s and A10 Warthog jets are all popular visitors.
Camp Navajo Army Base
Camp Navajo Army base is located near Flagstaff and occupies over 44 square miles along the border of Mexico. It’s the largest military installation in the state of AZ. A wide range of training goes on here primarily for the US Army, Reserve and National Guard but also for the Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. It has areas dedicated to armored training and artillery operations as well as personal weapons training for M-16, M-9, M-249, M-203, grenades and other heavy weaponry. The landscape is fairly rugged and therefore useful for units and battalions to train in various weather and terrain conditions. Camp Navajo also is utilized as a secure ammunition storage depot.
The US Army Intelligence Center and the US Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) Is housed here, making Fort Huachuca a hub of communications training and technology. Here you will find over 6,000 active-duty soldiers, 7,500 family members and 5,000 civilians working to provide mission readiness to the US Army. The 111th Military Intelligence Brigade resides here, conducting Military Intelligence leadership training in human, imagery and electronic intelligence.
Electronic Proving Ground
The EPG can be found at Fort Huachuca and is especially valued by the Department of Defense for its naturally quiet electromagnetic environment. It is the Army’s Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber and Intelligence (C5I) Developmental Tester. Their mission is to plan, conduct, and analyze the results of Technical Tests for C4I systems; Signal Intelligence, and Electronic Combat (EC)/Electronic Warfare (EW) equipment.
Sky Harbor Air National Guard Base
Sky Harbor Air National Guard is located on the south end of Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. It’s host to the 161st Air Refueling Wing and provides refueling support on a global scale. Sky Harbor stands at the ready for mobilization during war and to provide help for any national crisis. When not under federal control, they report to the Governor and are charged with the protection of life and property within the State of Arizona.