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United States Marine Corps
Ave 3E Main Gate
Yuma, AZ 85369-9132
The cost of living is 98.5% of the average in the United States. Housing and utilities are the largest factors. Recommend contact Information & Referral Relocation Office before deciding to rent or purchase a home in town as utilities and rental costs can exceed BAH. (928) 269-2034.
MCAS Yuma is a desert town with plenty of sunshine (4,055 hours of sun per year of 4,456 possible). Average temperatures range from a low of 41 degrees to a high of 128. Since Yuma has ideal weather, snow birds like to visit from October through March to enjoy the sunshine. Snow birds are retirees who live up north and want to fly south for warmer weather during the winter months. During this timeframe, our population doubles and traffic is slow moving. Population of Yuma County (year-round) is 94,361 with an additional 91,000 snow bird population in the winter months. During the year, starting in March, Yuma can be over 120 degrees and July through September can heat up when the humidity increases during monsoon season.
Housing rentals in the community become scarce during October through April, due to the increase of population from snow bird community. If you are interested in buying a home, please check with the Information & Referral Relocation Office on base as there are many variables in the community of housing and demographics.
Two domestic pets are allowed per household on base. Animals must be registered with the Station Veterinarian and PMO and must be under control of their owner at all times. Call 928-269-2888, Pet Registration, located in Bldg. 952.
All firearms must be registered at the Pass and ID Office within three days of arriving at MCAS Yuma.
No public city transportation with exception of commercial taxi.
SAFETY/SECURITY PRECAUTIONS: Motorcycle and moped course required. Contact Ground Safety at 928-269-5769. Helmets required on motorcycles. SECNAVINST 6055.4 of 22Nov94 requires helmets to be worn when bicycling aboard DoD installations. Other restrictions: walkers and joggers must be at least three feet off roadway.
Cell phones cannot be used while driving on base; only hands free devices may be used.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
Welcome to MCAS Yuma. Our primary mission is to support aerial weapons training for the Atlantic and Pacific Fleet Marine Forces and Navy, and to serve as a base of operations for Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 and Third MAW units, including Marine Aircraft Group-13. You will soon become an integral part of the Marine Corps’ premier aviation training base, serving along with approximately 4,500 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.
Yuma is one of the oldest cities in the southwest United States. MCAS Yuma was established in 1928. During World War II in 1943, an air base was erected with the astounding speed which characterized the war effort. The base became one of the busiest flying schools in the nation, training pilots of AT-6 single engine trainees, T-17 multi-engine 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. 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 named Yuma Air Base.
The facility was signed over to the Navy 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. For more information about our installation, visit our homepage.
6592 military, 5531 Family members, 2651 Civilians 5000 transients
Yuma 95,502 year round, with an additional 91,000 winter visitors during the October through April months.
MCAS Yuma serves Marines, families, DoD employees and retirees. There are currently 14 commands that serve aboard MCAS Yuma, for a total of 6592 military, with at least 5531 family members and 2151 Civilian Personnel, a total population onboard station of 11,955 and an additional 10,146 Rotational Transients.
MCAS Yuma is located in the southwest corner of Arizona bordering California and Mexico. Yuma is exactly 173 miles from San Diego, CA and 185 miles from Phoenix, AZ.
Yuma has become one of the fastest growing cities. Military personnel assigned to Yuma will find the community both supportive and friendly. Cost of living is moderate at approximately 98.5% of the national average with housing being the biggest factor. The base operator billet is vacant, for more information contact the Information & Referral Relocation Office at (928) 269-2034.
Traveling to Yuma by car is easy. The Main gate is located on Avenue 3E, which has access to Interstate 8, and located about 173 miles east of San Diego, and 185 miles west of Phoenix. Take I-8 (East or West) until you arrive at Yuma. When driving on Base, be sure to have your valid ID ready, as you will need to present it to the guard at the gate. Privately owned vehicles traveling on the air station are subject to spot checks by military police for current state and base registration and safety inspections.
Yuma International Airport serves the Yuma area and is located less than one mile from the Marine Corps Air Station.
Phoenix Sky Harbor 189 miles (3hrs 12min driving time)
Gateway Airport Mesa 209 miles (3hr 30min driving time)
San Diego Airport 175 miles (3hrs 16min driving time)
Driving Directions from I-8
Traveling East on I-8
Take Ext 3 (Ave 3E) Turn left at signal. Go straight , at 6th signal, turn right to the Main Gate. North Gate entrance for commercial vehicles only. North Gate entrance for all vehicles and will be at 5th signal.
Traveling West on I-8
Take Ext 3 (Ave 3 E. Turn right at signal (Ave 3E). Go straight, at 6th signal turn right toward Main Gate. North Gate entrance is for commercial vehicles only. North Gate entrance for all vehicles and will be at 5th signal.
Bus and Shuttle Transportation
Greyhound Lines service is available in the Yuma area. Limited facilities are available during station hours.
Yuma has a shuttle service that transports passengers to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). First Class Shuttle Express 928-373-2527 has multiple departures daily from Yuma and Phoenix.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation. Duty Officer phone numbers are posted at the Yuma Municipal Airport for transportation to base from arriving flights directly to Yuma.
MCAS Yuma base operator billet is currently vacant. Please contact Information & Referral Relocation office in the interim. (928)269-2034 or Office of Communication (928) 269-2942.