Location: 14185 Falcon St., Luke AFB, AZ 85309
Years of Operation: 1941-Present
Luke Air Force Base opened in 1941 and is located near Glendale, AZ. The base is one of the largest in the world. It was briefly disestablished at the end of World War II but opened back up during the Korean War. The military started training F-16 Falcon pilots at Luke AFB during the 80’s, and it is currently the only base in the world to do so.
The base is run by the 56th Fighter Wing. About 500 pilots and 700 technicians graduate from the base each year. Luke AFB has nearly 600 homes to accommodate military personnel and their families. While the base has experienced contaminated soil and drinking water in the past, the governments is not note any health concerns at this time.
|Toxin||Potential Health Effects|
|Waste oils||Nausea, nervous system damage (when drinking contaminated water)|
|Volatile organic compounds||Damage to the kidneys, liver, and central nervous system; irritation to the eyes, nose, and throat; headaches, nausea, loss of coordination|
Evidence of VOCs causing cancer in animals; some suspected to cause cancer in humans (source)
If you worked, trained, or lived on Luke Air Force Base, you may be eligible for compensation for illnesses related to the above contaminants.
*Effects are according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry unless otherwise noted.