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United States Marine Corps
Ave 3E Main Gate
Yuma, AZ 85365
MCAS Yuma is located in a desert town with plenty of sunshine. Average temperatures range from a low of 41 degrees to highs in the 120s. Since Yuma has ideal weather, snow birds like to visit from October through April 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 95,000 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.
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 928-269-6303, PMO for more information on pet registration.
All firearms must be registered with PMO within 24 hours of arriving at MCAS Yuma.
SAFETY/SECURITY PRECAUTIONS: Motorcycle and moped course required. Contact Ground Safety at 928-269-2965/5769. 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. 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
The population in Yuma is 96,349 year round, with an additional 91,000 winter visitors during the October through April months.
Marine Corps Air Station Yuma serves Marines, their families, Department of Defense employees and retirees. There are currently 14 commands that serve aboard MCAS Yuma, for a total of 6,592 military, with at least 5,531 family members and 2,151 civilian personnel, a total population onboard of 11,955, plus an additional 10,146 rotational transients.
MCAS Yuma is located in the southwest corner of Arizona bordering California and Mexico. Despite its remote desert location, Yuma is 173 miles from San Diego, CA and 185 miles from Phoenix, AZ. Yuma has become one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. Military personnel assigned to Yuma will find the community both supportive and friendly.
Traveling to Yuma by car is easy. The Main Gate is located on Avenue 3E, which has access toInterstate 8, and is located about 173 miles east of San Diego and 185 miles south west of Phoenix. Take I-8 (East or West) until you arrive in Yuma.
When driving on base, be sure to have valid identification 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 vehicle 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 (3 hours, 12 minutes driving time)
Gateway Airport Mesa -- 209 miles (3 hours, 30 minutes driving time)
San Diego Airport -- 175 miles (3 hours, 16 minutes driving time)
Driving Directions from I-8
Traveling East on I-8: Take Exit 3 (Avenue 3E), then turn left at the signal. Go straight, then turn right to the Main Gate at the sixth signal. The North Gate entrance, which is for commercial vehicles only, will be at fifth signal.
Traveling West on I-8: Take Exit 3 (Avenue 3E). Turn right at the signal, then go straight, turning right toward Main Gate at the sixth signal. The North Gate entrance, which is for commercial vehicles only, is at the fifth signal.
Greyhound Lines service is available in the Yuma area. Limited facilities are available during station hours.
Currently, there is no base transportation on this installation. Phone numbers for duty officers 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)269-6499 or Office of Communication (928) 269-5505/ 5540.