MCAS Yuma is a United States Marine Corps air station. It is the home to multiple squadrons of AV-8B Harrier IIs of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) and Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401), an air combat adversary squadron of the 4th Marine Aircraft Wing of the Marine Corps Reserve.
MCAS Yuma is located in the southwest corner of Arizona bordering California and Mexico. A joint use civilian-military airport, MCAS Yuma shares airfield facilities with Yuma International Airport and occupies approximately 3,000 acres most of which is flat desert.
Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) is a major aviation command at MCAS Yuma, conducting training for all Marine Corps tactical aviation units, most notably the Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) course.Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 (VMFT-401) is a Marine Air Reserve squadron also based at MCAS Yuma, containing both active duty and Selected Marine Corps Reservists, providing aerial adversary/aggressor services and dissimilar air combat training (DACT) for all U.S. military services, and selected NATO, Allied, and Coalition partners. This base was also used in the late 80’s and early 90’s as the Marine Corps Airborne Training Center.
MCAS Yuma is currently programmed to become the Marine Corps’ initial operating base for the F-35B variant of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF), the first of which arrived on 16 November 2012.
Upon arrival at MCAS Yuma between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through 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 through 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 through 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 through Friday check in at Building 146 or phone 928-269-3628.
Navy personnel first check in at Building 980, then go to Navy PSD 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 507, during normal working hours.
There are over 10,700 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCAS Yuma.