Marine Corps Air Station Yuma
1088 Shaw Ave, Yuma, AZ 85369
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. The installation is a joint use civilian-military airport sharing airfield facilities with Yuma International Airport. MCAS Yuma occupies approximately 3,000 acres, most of which is flat desert. There are over 10,700 active duty, military families, DoD personnel, civilians, and retirees assigned to MCAS Yuma.
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.
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 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/.
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.
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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.
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.
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 928-269-2011
Child Care 928-269-3233
Clinic-Central Appointments 928-269-2772
Dental Clinic 928-269-2353
EFMP Family Support 928-269-2425
Family Advocacy Program (FAP) 928-269-2561
Housing Office 928-269-2826
ID Cards 928-269-3588
Law Enforcement (Provost Marshall) 928-269-2204
Legal Services and JAG 928-269-2481
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-8255
School Liaison Office 928-269-5373
Transition Assistance Program 928-269-3159
Family housing consists of 821 units. Of these, 747 are designated for enlisted personnel and 74 for officers. The Housing Office, 928-269-2826 / (DSN) 312-269-2826, updates a list of all rentals available in the local area.
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Yuma is a city in southwest Arizona. Overlooking the Colorado River, Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park is home to the preserved cells and guard tower of a Wild West–era prison. Nearby, Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park was a 19th-century military warehouse and telegraph station. A 1907 steam locomotive on Pivot Point Plaza commemorates the Southern Pacific Railroad, which once ran through the city.
Downtown, Yuma Art Center hosts exhibitions and regular film screenings. It includes the 1912 Historic Yuma Theater, with its art deco murals. The 19th-century E.F. Sanguinetti House and Gardens features displays on the prominent local businessman. Along the river, West Wetlands Park has gardens with butterflies and hummingbirds, plus an owl habitat. Within the park, Centennial Beach is a popular picnic spot. East of the city, Yuma East Wetlands has a network of trails through a restored wetland area, which is home to a variety of birdlife. Farther east, along the Gila River, Antelope Hill is known for its ancient petroglyphs.
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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