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Spirit of Halloween Shows Its Face during 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat

By Story by Lance Cpl. Isaac Martinez | Marine Corps Air Station Yuma | December 29, 2017

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. -- MARINE CORPS AIR STATION Yuma, Ariz. (Oct. 26, 2017) – A frightened child’s shriek briefly pierces the sound of music, the crackle of children grabbing candy and laughter from parents on the parade deck aboard Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Yuma’s Trunk or Treat event on Thursday night. The child’s parents try to calm him from his recent scare; a costumed monster in a car’s decorated trunk. The music plays on and everybody continues to enjoy the event.

The family-oriented Trunk or Treat event is open to active duty military, Department of Defense employees and their dependents. This is the third year that the event has taken place aboard MCAS Yuma and this year’s turnout was the biggest thus far.

Nadia Orozco, the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Specialist with MCAS Yuma’s Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) participated in the organization of this year’s event and was pleased with the result.

“This is the first event where we got unit participation: several units offered engaging Trunk or Treat booths to the families,” said Orozco. “This is actually a very impressive event for MCCS because this is where we get the most unit participation. To see this big of a turnout is beyond our expectations for what we ever imagined this event would ever be.”

The parade deck was filled with Halloween-themed booths, which allowed MCCS and other community resources to promote their programs to the adults, and also provide free candy and games to children during the event. In addition to the sweet treats, Arizona Adventures provided several bounce houses, and Sunset Cinema showed a family movie after sunset. All in all, the Trunk or Treat event was centered on family fun.

Trunk or Treat is a collaborative event in honor of Red Ribbon Week, an alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October.

On MCAS Yuma, the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program, Sexual Assault Prevention Program, Drug Demand Reduction Program, and the Marine Corps Family Team Building Program all come together in an effort to help the community in the name of Red Ribbon Week.

Kassandra Rodriguez, the Students against Destructive Decisions (SADD) program coordinator at the local YMCA, was one of the volunteers present at the Trunk or Treat event this year. Rodriguez said she enjoyed being able to inform the community of important issues.

“We actually recognize a lot of the kids because a lot of their families go to the YMCA,” Rodriguez said. “It’s always great to come out and take part in helping out the community and getting to see everybody.”

MCAS Yuma and MCCS Yuma hope that next year’s Trunk or Treat will continue to meet their goal: to provide a safe, fun, positive influence on all members of MCAS Yuma and local community members.


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Home On the Range – MCAS Yuma Marines Pistol Qual [Image 2 of 2]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines stationed out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., engage during firearms training and qualification at the station pistol range, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
Home On the Range – MCAS Yuma Marines Pistol Qual [Image 2 of 2]

Home On the Range – MCAS Yuma Marines Pistol Qual [Image 1 of 2]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines stationed out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., engage in firearms training and qualification at the station pistol range, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
Home On the Range – MCAS Yuma Marines Pistol Qual [Image 1 of 2]

MCAS Yuma Tax Center Opens for Business

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma Commanding Officer, Col. Ricardo Martinez, alongside the legal center Marines, cuts the ribbon in honor of the official opening of the station tax center aboard MCAS Yuma, Ariz., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.
MCAS Yuma Tax Center Opens for Business

MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 1 of 3]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. – Sgt. Andrew Kowtko, a military policeman with the Provost Marshal Office, simulates an aggressor during training with military working dog, Kubu, at the K-9 compound aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 1 of 3]

MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 2 of 3]

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. – Kubu, a military working dog with the Provost Marshal Office, bites into the arm of a simulated aggressor during training at the K-9 compound aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 2 of 3]

MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 3 of 3]

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MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. – Cpl. Daryn Cherry, a military policeman with the Provost Marshal Office, reels in military working dog, Bandi, during simulated aggressor training at the K-9 training compound aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reba James)
MCAS Yuma K-9 Unit Sinks Teeth Into Training [Image 3 of 3]

MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 4 of 4]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Pfc. Jarett Houk, a motor transport mechanic with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 and a native of Virginia Beach, Va., gears up to begin Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) decontamination and reconnaissance training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2016.
MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 4 of 4]

MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 3 of 4]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 don Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits and gas masks during Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) decontamination and reconnaissance training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2016.
MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 3 of 4]

MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 2 of 4]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 don Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits and gas masks during Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) decontamination and reconnaissance training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2016.
MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 2 of 4]

MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 1 of 4]

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 don Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) suits and gas masks during Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) decontamination and reconnaissance training aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Jan. 13, 2016.
MWSS-371 Suits up to Fight Dirty [Image 1 of 4]

MCAS Yuma's EOD Team Conducts Counter-IED Training

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, based out of Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, conduct counter-IED training at the Berry M. Goldwater Range Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Brendan King)
MCAS Yuma's EOD Team Conducts Counter-IED Training

MCAS Yuma Celebrates 240th Marine Corps Birthday

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Service members, families, veterans and Department of Defense employees gathered at the station parade field to celebrate the Marine Corps’ 240th birthday as part of the annual uniform pageant and cake-cutting ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., Friday.
MCAS Yuma Celebrates 240th Marine Corps Birthday [Image 2 of 2]

WTI Marines Conduct NEO Exercise at Kiwanis Park

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines participating in Weapons and Tactics Instructor course 1-16 converged on Kiwanis Park in Yuma, Arizona, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, to take part in a non-combatant evacuation (NEO) exercise.
WTI Marines Conduct NEO Exercise at Kiwanis Park [Image 1 of 2]

Urban Close Air Suport

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

U.S. Marines participating in Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16 provide urban close air support during an offensive air support exercise at Yodaville, in Yuma, Ariz., on Oct. 2, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Laboy/Released)
Urban Close Air Suport

External Lift

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

U.S. Marines with 1st Transport Support Battalion, 1st Combat Logistics Regiment, 1st Marine Logistics Group conduct an external lift during Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16 at Auxiliary Airfield 2 in Yuma, Ariz., on Oct. 2, 2015. WTI is a seven week event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1). MAWTS-1 provides standardized tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Laboy/Released)
External Lift

AGS ADR Practical Application

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

U.S. Marines with Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 (MAWTS-1) conduct an airfield damage repair practical application at Canon Air Defense (P111) in Yuma, Ariz., on Sept. 26, 2015. This practical application was a part of a seven week training event hosted by MAWTS-1 cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of the Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Laboy).
AGS ADR Practical Application

AGS Aircraft Salvage Practical Application

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

U.S. Marines with Marine Wing Support Squadron 374 (MWSS-374) conduct an aircraft salvage practical application on a UH-1Y Venom at Yuma Proving Grounds, Yuma, Ariz., on Sept. 30, 2015. This practical application was a part of a Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) Course 1-16, a seven week training event hosted by Marine Aviation Weapons Tactics Squadron One (MAWTS-1) cadre, which emphasizes operational integration of the six functions of the Marine Corps aviation in support of a Marine Air Ground Task Force. MAWTS-1 provides standardized advanced tactical training and certification of unit instructor qualifications to support Marine aviation training and readiness and assists in developing and employing aviation weapons and tactics. (U.S. Marine Corps video by Lance Cpl. Jeremy L. Laboy).
AGS Aircraft Salvage Practical Application

For Today’s Military Child: 'LINKS for Teachers' In the Classroom

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

In an effort to better understand today’s military child in the classroom, local schools have welcomed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma’s “LINKS (Lifestyles, Insights, Network, Knowledge & Skills) for Teachers,” program into their internal curriculum.
For Today’s Military Child: 'LINKS for Teachers' In the Classroom [Image 1 of 3]

Comic-Con 2015: Highlight Reel

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

This is what the MCAS Yuma Marine and sailor volunteers got to see at San Diego Comic-Con International, July 9-12th.
Comic-Con 2015: Highlight Reel

Comic-Con 2015: Getting in Line

22 Jan 2016 10:18:42 Z

Marines and sailors traveled over one hundred and seventy miles form Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, to volunteer at the San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, July 9th through the 12th. See how these volunteers help keep on of the world's largest comic conventions running smoothly.
Comic-Con 2015: Getting in Line

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