Yuma Proving Ground Army Base

US Army Garrison, YPG, Yuma Test Center, Airborne Test Force, Military Free-Fall School, Special Operations Terminal, Attack Controllers Course, Test Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment Support Laboratory, Aerostat

301 C Street, BLDG. 300, Yuma, AZ 85365
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ABOUT

Yuma Proving Ground is one of the largest military installations in the world. The proving ground holds testing of nearly every weapon system in the ground combat arsenal. It is located near the Arizona-California border, adjacent to the Colorado River, approximately 24 miles north of the city of Yuma, Arizona. Situated in the southwest portion of the state, the proving ground is in the heart of the great Sonoran Desert. Yuma is the largest city in Arizona outside the metro areas of Phoenix and Tucson.

Yuma proving ground (YPG) is part of the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command and is a multiple purpose test facility. Specific proving ground capabilities include testing of: artillery, mortars, mines, ground and aircraft weapons, target acquisition and fire control systems, wheeled and tracked vehicles, and air delivery materiel, equipment and techniques.

 

There are 17,693 Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, military family members, DoD personnel, and retirees assigned to Yuma Proving Ground.

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ARRIVAL

If you’re assigned to Yuma Test Center, and if you are arriving during duty hours, you should report directly to the Military Personnel Division (MPD), Building 501. MPD is located on Howard Cantonment Area and across from Army Community Service, Bldg. 309. If you are arriving after duty hours, on a weekend or holiday, you should report to the InterContinental Hotels (IHG), on base, or where your reservation has been made. Please verify with your unit for procedures. When you report to Building 501, ensure you have the documents in your possession as mentioned under, Important Documents to Hand Carry for In-processing.

An in-processing checklist will be issued by your individual unit. Individuals will also need to have all financial papers related to their PCS. The sponsor will escort the new soldier for during the in-processing period as much as possible. The sponsor will be his/her mentor to ease the transition. Should you not be assigned a sponsor, you may request one. A quarterly Newcomer’s Orientation is held at the Palm Garden Conferencing Center, Bldg. 530, or as determined. Your Commander or supervisor will inform you of your attendance requirement. Family members are welcomed but not required to attend. Childcare is not provided. An assessment is made during in-processing at Army Community Service and will answer your questions or concerns you may have. A welcome packet is available, if one was not mailed.

 

All other incoming personnel (Health Clinic; Military Freefall School, USASOC Flight Detachment, and Veterinary Treatment Facility), follow your unit’s procedures.

Resources

TRICARE Information and News

 

For a full list of community health centers, visit the Health Center Program at https://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/.

 

Check the US News Health directory online at https://health.usnews.com/doctors/search to find the best doctor for your family.

 

The American Dental Association provides a list of dentists near you on their website https://findadentist.ada.org/.

FOR THE CHILDREN
 

To be enrolled in a New To be enrolled in an Arizona school, a child must be at least 5 years old by September 1st. Check with the school for other requirements.

 

In 2010, the majority of states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students, regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. For more information, visit http://www.corestandards.org/.

 

Yuma Elementary School District One
Castle Dome Middle School
Ron Watson Middle School
Gila Ridge High School

 

If your child is preparing to attend college, this information on scholarships may be helpful.

 
FOR THE SERVICE MEMBER

Current service members can attend college in their off-duty time and have their military branch pay the tuition. Learn about the Military Tuition Assistance Program. Use the Tuition Assistance (TA) DECIDE tool to help you make the best use of your tuition assistance dollars.

 

​If you were or are in the military, you may be eligible for Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) education benefits. If you are a spouse or dependent, you may be eligible too.

 

Online course options: edX – Founded by Harvard University and MIT, offers high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere. Whether you are interested in computer science, languages, engineering, psychology, writing, electronics, biology, or marketing. Enroll today!

When moving to a new location, it is important to know who to call when you have an emergency or you need help. Below are some organizations you will find useful.

 

Child Care Aware:

Under the site’s “Child Care 101” tab you’ll find information related to locating quality child care, the types of child care available to you and how to evaluate the child care providers you visit. There’s also a special section for the military child on the website covering topics such as military fee assistance, payments and provider services.

 

Military Children and Teens Resource Guide

 

Arizona Department of Economic Security (602) 542-4791
DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

 

Arizona Department of Health Services 602 542-1025

 

Arizona Humane Society 602-997-7585

 

Yuma County Sheriff (928) 783-4427

Base Operator (928)-328-2151
Chaplain (928) 328-3465
Housing Services Office (928) 328-2177
ID/CAC Card Processing (928) 328-2578
Legal Services and JAG (928) 328-2608
NAF Human Resources Officer (928) 328-2861
Suicide Prevention Hotline (800) 273-8255

Housing

Michaels Military Housing and Yuma Proving Ground RCI partnered to created Desert Oasis Communities.

Belleza

18.4 miles from Base

Beautiful neighborhood will little traffic and close to the center of Yuma. This is a safe area that has schools within walking distance.

Kerley Ranch Estates

18.4 miles from Base

Quiet, safe neighborhood that is close to shopping, restaurants, and schools. The area is family-oriented and pet friendly with beautiful homes.

Ocotillo Subdivisions

18 miles from Base

Quiet, safe neighborhood that is close to shopping, restaurants, and schools. The area is family-oriented and pet-friendly with beautiful homes.

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Community

Yuma is noted for its weather extremes. Of any populated place in the contiguous United States, Yuma is the driest, the sunniest, and the least humid, has the lowest frequency of precipitation, and has the highest number of days per year–175–with a daily maximum temperature of 90 °F or higher.

 

Yuma features a hot desert climate with extremely hot summers and warm winters. Atmospheric humidity is usually very low except during what are called “Gulf surges”, when a maritime tropical air mass from the Gulf of California is drawn northward, usually in connection with the summer monsoon or the passage of a tropical storm to the south.

 

The sun is said to shine during about 90% of the daylight hours, making Yuma the sunniest place in the world.

 

On average, Yuma receives 3.36 inches of rain annually. On average, August and September are the wettest months of the year, while June is the driest.

In Yuma, AZ, the overall cost of living is 6% lower than the Arizona average and 8% lower than the U.S. average.

The city’s goods and services are 4% lower than the Arizona average and 6% lower than the U.S. average.

Yuma is nestled in the southwest corner of Arizona, bordering California and Mexico. The city is home to nearly 100,000 residents, and the population nearly doubles during the winter season with incoming tourists. The area offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including annual festivals and events, theaters, outdoor recreation and historic sites. Historic Downtown Yuma has unique shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife. Go kayaking, swimming, or canoeing on the Colorado River or enjoy one of the many beautiful golf courses Yuma has to offer.

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