Aerospace & Defense

Military Assets

Arizona is home to unmatched military and training facilities: the largest Unmanned Aircraft Systems training base in the world; the second-largest military installation in the world; and the third-largest tactical aviation range in the country.  Twenty military installations in all, with 24 million square feet of Department of Defense-owned installations.

Largest Bases

Davis-Monthan Air Force Base

  • Davis-Monthan AFB is home of the 355th FW and its nine major tenant units, to include 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH). Other units currently assigned to Davis-Monthan AFB are 12th Air Force Headquarters (AFSOUTH), 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, 55th ECG, 563rd RQG, 214th Reconnaissance Group, 162nd Arizona Air National Guard Alert Detachment, and Operation Snowbird. Other federal agencies using the base include the Federal Aviation Administration, the U.S. Customs Service Air Service Branch and a detachment of the Naval Air Systems Command.
  • Approximately 7,000 military and 2,500 civilian employees work at Davis-Monthan AFB and more than 18,000 military retirees reside in the Tucson area.
  • In Fiscal Year 2011, Davis-Monthan AFB circulated approximately $1.1 billion ($1.6 billion including retiree data) into the local community, employed 3,194 civilians, and created approximately 4,538 jobs in the Old Pueblo.]

Fort Huachuca

  • Fort Huachuca is home of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command.
  • It is the headquarters of Army Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) and the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and the Electronic Proving Ground (EPG).
  • It is the largest UAV training facility in the world. The $10,000,000 facility contains 25,000 sq ft of space and 10 simulators.

Luke Air Force Base

  • Located west of Phoenix in Glendale, Luke Air Force Base is home to the 56th Fighter Wing, the largest fighter wing in the world and the only active-duty Air Force F-16 training wing.
  • It is the preferred training site for the F-35 Lightning fighter jet.
  • Luke has 138 aircraft, 24 squadrons, four tenant units, 5,447 military and civilian personnel.
  • In 2011, Luke Air Force Base had a total economic impact of $2.17 billion.
  • Since 1941, Luke has graduated more than 60,000 Airmen.

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

  • In 2011, MCAS Yuma supported 80% of the Corp's aviation training, making it the busiest air station in the Marine Corps.
  • MCAS had a $1.36 billion economic impact on the local community in 2011.
  • It employed nearly 7,000 military and civilian personnel in 2011.
  • MCAS is home to the Marine Aircraft Group 13, which is comprised of four squadrons of AV-8B Harriers and an aviation logistics squadron. Other tenant commands include:
  • Marine aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1
  • Marine Wing Support Squadron 371
  • Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401
  • Marine Air Control Squadron 1
  • Combat Logistics Company 16
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 4

Arizona’s Military Installations: Army

  • Fort Huachuca Army ActiveSierra Vista
  • Yuma Proving GroundArmy ActiveYuma
  • Camp Navajo Army Guard Camp Navajo
  • Florence Military Reservation Army Guard Florence
  • Papago Military Reservation Army Guard Phoenix
  • Silverbell Army Heliport, Marana
  • Western Army Aviation Training Site (WAATS), a tenant organization at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana
  • Barnes Hall USARC Army Reserve Phoenix

Arizona’s Military Installations: Air Force

Arizona’s Military Installations: Marines

  • MCAS Yuma USMC Active Yuma
  • MCAS Yuma (Housing) USMC Active Yuma

Air National Guard

  • The 161st Air Refueling Wing is located at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix and provides aerial refueling in support of global taskings.
  • The 162nd Wing is located at Tucson International Airport and conducts International Pilot Training.
  • The 214th Reconnaissance Group, a geographically separated unit of the 162nd Wing, is located at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson and supports Combatant Commander requirements for surveillance. In addition, the 214th has a launch and recovery facility at Fort Huachuca to support Air National Guard remotely piloted aircraft training.

Army National Guard

  • Camp Navajo, located eleven miles west of Flagstaff, is the largest Arizona National Guard training site that supports the readiness and training requirements of the Arizona National Guard and all U.S. Armed Forces.  Originally constructed in 1942 as an ordnance depot, the legacy infrastructure is incorporated into a State of Arizona operation that supports storage needs for the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and other federal and non-federal partners.
  • Florence Military Reservation is a Arizona Army National Guard Training Site located in Florence.
  • Papago Park Military Reservation, located in Phoenix, was established in 1930 as an active military facility supporting the Arizona National Guard and serves as the headquarters for the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, of which the Arizona National Guard is apart.
  • Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana supports the 1-285th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion that flies AH-64 Apache Helicopters, as well hosts the training mission of the Western Army Aviation Training Site (WAATS) and the Peace Vanguard training mission with the Republic of Singapore.
  • Western Army Aviation Training Site (WAATS), a tenant organization at Silverbell Army Heliport in Marana, is the premier training site for attack and aero-scout helicopter training for the Army National Guard and serves active duty, National Guard, and allied nation aviators.
  • In additional to these training sites, the Army National Guard maintains a total of 33 Readiness Centers in 22 communities throughout the state.

Federal Contracts in Arizona:

  • Arizona received $9.3 billion in federal contracts in 2015
  • Largest recipients of federal contracts in 2015:
    • Raytheon
    • The Boeing Company
    • Honeywell International Inc.
    • Raytheon/Lockheed Martin/Javelin Joint Venture
    • General Dynamics C4 Systems, Inc.