Commander steers Luke Air Force Base as an economic engine

Brig. Gen. Brook Leonard took command of the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke Air Force Base in July 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams/AzBigMedia)


If you reside in the West Valley, you likely know that some of the nation’s top pilots, crew chiefs and intelligence specialists — in addition to the F-35 training program — are all synonymous with Luke Air Force Base. What you may not be aware of is that Luke has a direct economic impact of $653 million, an indirect value calculated at $1.1 billion, and a total economic impact totaling $2.17 billion in Arizona. While Luke’s economic contributions are undoubtedly invaluable, the value added in perpetuating a healthy, skilled and impressive West Valley workforce is priceless.

“Luke has tremendous value as a workforce,” says WESTMARC President and CEO Sintra Hoffman. “As a result of Luke expanding the F-35 program, there is a is a tremendous opportunity to maximize capital investment. It also allows us to build and tap into our pool of defense contractors and talent that comes out of that base.”


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