Luke Forward Then – Ready for the Future
In 2009, Luke Forward was launched as a broad public campaign to secure the F-35 training mission at Luke Air Force Base. The campaign was created by the West Valley Partners (Maricopa County and the cities and towns within the county west of Interstate 17) and Fighter Country Partnership to generate awareness and support of the positive impacts the F-35 will bring to Arizona. The goal was to show decision-makers in Washington, D.C., that Arizona strongly supports Luke Air Force Base continuing to serve as the nation’s premier fighter pilot training facility.
On Aug 1, 2012, the U.S. Air Force announced its final selection of Luke as the first F-35 training center. In November 2012 Luke Forward received Westmarc’s Special 20th Anniversary Best of the West Award for championing one of the West Valley’s biggest accomplishments — Luke Air Force Base landing the F-35 training center. Glendale Mayor Elaine Scruggs and Fighter Country Partnership Chair Charley Freericks received the award on behalf of everyone involved in the successful campaign.
Luke Forward Now – To Serve Those Who Serve Us
In 2018, Luke Forward was rebooted as Fighter Country began planning a 5.82M capital campaign to support the Airmen, their families and all the armed forces who serve at Luke Air Force Base. The projects funded by this campaign will dramatically impact the lives and morale of our servicemen and women, and demonstrate in a concrete way that we value those who are committed to protecting us.