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Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

 

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma

Yuma, Arizona
 Welcome to MCAS Yuma

Welcome to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The mission of MCAS Yuma is to provide aviation ranges, support facilities and services that enable our tenants, other Marine Corps commands, visiting military and interagency forces to enhance their mission capabilities and combat readiness.

You will soon become an integral part of the Marine Corps' premier aviation training base, serving along with approximately 4,000 fellow active-duty Marines and Sailors. With access to more than one million acres of bombing and aviation-training ranges and superb flying weather, MCAS Yuma supports 80 percent of the Corps' air-to-ground aviation training. The air station hosts approximately 70 aviation units, bringing an average of 600 aircraft and 14,000 personnel for ongoing training that takes place throughout the year.

The ideal weather and location along the Colorado River make Yuma and the surrounding area an oasis in the southwestern Sonoran Desert. The area offers a variety of recreational opportunities and water sports, as well as seasonal hunting and fishing. Whether you're assigned to the air station or one of the tenant commands, your stay here is sure to be an enjoyable one.

Covering five square miles of southeastern Yuma, the air station is home to a number of tenant units, including Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1), Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 (VMX-1), Marine Aircraft Group 13 (MAG-13), Marine Air Control Squadron 1 (MACS-1), Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401), and Combat Logistics Company 16 (CLC-16).

 

 Checking In

Upon arrival at MCAS Yuma between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, personnel (to include those being assigned to the Light Armored Vehicle Test Directorate based at Yuma Proving Ground) will check in at Station Headquarters in Building 980 or phone 928-269-2864.

Personnel ordered to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing units based at Yuma who report between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday will check in at the Marine Aircraft Group 13 Headquarters, Building 505, or phone 928-269-3262.

Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 Marines who report between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday check in at Building 406 or phone 928-269-2058.

Marine Operational Test and Evaluation Squadron 1 Marines who report between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday check in at Building 157 or phone 928-269-6795.

Those personnel reporting in to Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 who report between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday check in at Building 146 or phone 928-269-3628.

Navy personnel first check in at Building 980, then go to Navy PSD located in Building 1175 (Branch Medical Clinic).

Upon checking in with the appropriate headquarters, all personnel assigned to MAWTS-1, VMX-1, Headquarters Squadron or 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing units will proceed to the Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC), Building 328, during normal working hours.

The Installation Personnel Administration Center is located in Building 328 directly off Spears St and Peters Ave outside the North Gate.

Reporting After Hours

All personnel checking in after 3:30 p.m. on weekdays and on Saturday, Sunday and holidays should report to the MCAS officer of the day at Building 980 or phone 928-269-2252.

 

 MCAS Yuma History

MCAS – Past and Present

It was 1928 when Col. Benjamin F. Fly fulfilled his namesake and persuaded the federal government to lease 640 acres of cactus, brush and desert wildlife from Yuma County. For the low price of $1 per year, the government leased Fly Field for 20 years with an option for an additional 20 years.

Aviation was in its infancy and Fly Field became the center of attention in Yuma. During the summer of 1928, it was a stopover point for 25 planes in a New York to Los Angeles air race, a popular spectacle of the rapidly advancing world of aviation. It was used sporadically by private aircraft until 1941, when the U.S. government, through the Civil Aeronautics Administration, authorized an expenditure for permanent runways.

When the United States entered World War II, engineers erected an air base with the astounding speed that characterized the war effort. By early 1943, Yuma Army Air Base began graduating classes of pilots. The base became one of the busiest flying schools in the nation, training pilots of AT-6 single-engine trainers, T-17 multiengine trainers and B-17 Flying Fortresses.

At the end of the war, all flight activity here ceased and the area was partially reclaimed by the desert. During the period of inactivity, it was controlled successively by the War Assets Administration, the U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Reclamation, which used it as a headquarters for its irrigation projects.

On July 7, 1951, the Air Force reactivated the base and the 4750th Air Base Squadron resumed training as part of the Western Air Defense Forces. The airfield was renamed Vincent Air Force Base in 1956 in memory of Brig. Gen. Clinton D. Vincent, a pioneer of bombing techniques who died in 1955.

From Air Force Base to Marine Corps Air Station

The Department of the Navy signed for control of the base on January 1, 1959, and nine days later, Col. L.K. Davis became the first commanding officer of the newly designated Marine Corps Auxiliary Air Station. On July 20, 1962, the designation was changed to Marine Corps Air Station.

From 1969 until 1987, the air station served primarily as a training base for pilots assigned to Marine Corps Crew Readiness Training Group 10, flying the F-4 Phantom, A-4 Skyhawk and AV-8A Harrier. In 1978, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 was commissioned to assist in increasing combat readiness of fleet aviation units, making Yuma an academic center of excellence for military aviation.

In 1987, Marine Aircraft Group 13, with Marine Attack Squadrons 211, 214, 311 and 513, replaced MCCRTG-10 as the major tenant command on the station. The move also brought Marine Wing Support Squadron 371 to Yuma, joining Marine Air Control Squadron 7 and 2nd Light Anti-Aircraft Missile Battalion.

Throughout the fall of 1990, virtually every Marine Corps fixed-wing squadron that participated in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm underwent pre-deployment training on Yuma’s ranges.

In November 2012, Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121) became the world's first operational F-35 squadron at MCAS Yuma.  The arrival of the F-35B marked the beginning of a new chapter in Marine Corps aviation history, bringing the latest and greatest aircraft in the world to the tip of America's expeditionary spear.

The summer of 2015 saw the arrival of Marine Operational and Evaluation Squadron 22 (VMX-22) to MCAS Yuma for the purpose of providing integrated operational testing.  As an operation test and evaluation squadron, VMX-22 is primarily responsible for conducting operational tests in support of newly developed aircraft and programs.

Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron 1 (VMU-1) found a new home at MCAS Yuma in January 2016 and Marine Attack Squadron 211 (VMA-211) has begun their transition from the AV-8B Harrier to the F-35, continuing Yuma’s tradition of leading the way in making aviation technology history every day.

 

Historical Links:

Aviation Pioneers  World War I Aces  Hall of Fame of the Air  WW2 European Theater (ETO) 
WW2 Pacific Theater (PTO)  WW2 US Marine Corps  WW2 US Navy Aces  WW2 Mediterranean (MTO) 
WW2 German Aces  Korean War Aces  Russian Aces  Vietnam Era Aces 
Airplanes  World War I Planes  1930s Aircraft photos  WW2 Fighters 
WW2 Bombers  WW2 German Planes  WW2 Airplane Pictures  History of Airplanes blog 
Nose Art  Postwar Jets  WW2 Facts and Firsts  WW2 Medals 
WW2 Museums  WW2 Pictures  WW2 Ships  WW2 Weapons  

 

 Local Community Info

City Of Yuma
City of Yuma -
http://www.ci.yuma.az.us
Yuma Convention & Visitors Bureau - http://www.visityuma.com
Arizona Western College - http://www.azwestern.edu
Young Marines Program - http://www.youngmarines.com
Yuma City Guide - http://www.yumacity.com

State Of Arizona

State of Arizona - http://az.gov.webapp/portal
Luke Air Force Base - http://www.luke.af.mil/index.asp
Yuma Proving Grounds - http://www.yuma.army.mil

Miscellaneous 
Homes for Sale and Rent Around Military Installations -
http://www.militarybyowner.com
Military Information - http://www.militarycity.com
Transition Assistance Online - http://www.taonline.com

 

 

 Contact Us
Area code and prefix for all numbers is 928-269-XXXX unless otherwise specified.
Station Officer of the Day 2252
Emergency Dispatch 2285
Provost Marshal's Office 2205
Facilities Maintenance 2222
ID Card Center 3588
Pass & Registration 2888/3634
Transient Billeting 3578
Transient Enlisted 2591
Bachelor Enlisted Quarters 2591
Range Notification
Range Control
2214/2215/2690/5575
7080
Barry M. Goldwater Range Permits 7150
Dental Clinic 2353
Health Clinic 2700
Noise Complaints 2325
Armed Forces Bank 288-6550
Navy Federal Credit Union 888-842-6328
Post Office 344-0437
Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) 2422
Main Exchange (MCCS) 2256
Commissary 2245
Lodging (Dos Rios Inn) 2262/2267
Semper Fit Gym 2727
Office of Communication
Front Desk
Webmaster
Email

2275
2483
Yuma_PAO@usmc.mil

 

 Resources

Here are a list of links to help orient and distribute information those who are coming to MCAS Yuma.

Base Guide
Billeting
BAH rates
Housing
Military Homefront
Marine & Family Services
List of Air Station Services (click on the "i" bubble for details on each)

Note: If you are a transferring Marine coming to MCAS Yuma, you may request an electronic Welcome Aboard Package from the Information & Referral Program.

For further information or questions:

Call: (928) 269-2034