Installation Overview: Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona

Marine Corps Air Station Yuma is the busiest air station in the Marine Corps and the third busiest in the Naval service. Yuma is located in the extreme southwestern corner of Arizona, 21 miles north of the Mexican border. The county shares a common boundary with the state of California along the Colorado River.

Its 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, to include Marine Aircraft Group-13. Yuma International Airport is a commercial service airport at a shared-use airfield with Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma.

MCAS Yuma was established in 1928. During World War II in 1943, the base became one of the busiest flying schools in the nation. 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.

Here is the official website of ​MCAS Yuma.

Location/Driving Directions

Yuma is located in the extreme southwestern corner of Arizona, 21 miles north of the Mexican border. The county shares a common boundary with the state of California along the Colorado river. The city is midway between Phoenix and San Diego, a distance of about 175 miles. MCAS, Yuma is adjacent to Yuma International Airport on State Highway 280 just off Interstate 8.

If traveling to Yuma by car take I-8 (East or West) until you arrive at Yuma. Take Exit 3 (Avenue 3E) towards the base. From the off-ramp (I-8W) turn right at signal, go five (5) signals until you reach the Main Gate. From the off-ramp (I-8E) turn left at signal, go six (6) signals until you reach the Main Gate.

Main Phone Numbers

Team leader Pfc. Shea Boland, with Company B, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, looks down the line as smoke billows behind him. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps; photo by Cpl. Pete Zrioka

Appointment Line MCAS Branch Medical Clinic (928) 269-2700

Billeting Office (928) 269-3578

Branch Medical Clinic (928) 269-2772 DSN: 269-2772

Child Development Center (928) 269-2350 DSN: 269-2350

Dental Clinic (928) 269-2352

Family Child Care (928) 269-3233/(928) 269-2350

Housing Office (928) 269-2661 DSN: 269-2661

Optometry Clinic (928) 269-2733

Relocation Assistance Program Office 928-269-2425/928-269-3700 Fax: 928-269-2657 DSN: 269-2425 DSN Fax: 269-2657

Youth Center (928) 269-3659 DSN: 269-3659

Population/Major Units Assigned

Yuma Marines and infantrymen from 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, hike to their first mountain survival class. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps; Photos by Lance Cpl. Jakob Schulz

MCAS Yuma serves marines, families, DoD employees and retirees. There is one squadron assigned to MCAS Yuma and nine tenant commands, for a total of 4,914 military, with at least 6,716 family members.

MCAS Yuma 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.

Temporary Lodging

Dos Rios Inn. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

Dos Rios Inn is the Marine Corps' premier, state-of-the-art lodge in the desert Southwest. The modern lodge combines spacious rooms and beautifully landscaped courtyards.

Kitchenettes come with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, coffee maker and sink. Each room has a cable television, a DVD and on/off base phone system. The rooms are between 363 and 475 square feet, larger than the standard Navy and Marine Corps Lodges. Free Wireless in every room.

* King Room: $55.00 (sleeps 2)
* Handicapped Accessible Room: $55.00
*Double Queen Room with Kitchenette (sleeps 4): $57.00

For reservations: 928-269-2262.


Station Grade 3-4 bedroom house. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

The mission of the Housing Office is to provide clean, comfortable, affordable and safe housing for eligible personnel and their families assigned to MCAS Yuma.

Housing is managed by a private partner, Lincoln Military Housing. A full time government staff is also available to serve members on issues pertaining strictly to the military as well as providing an off station referral program.

Military personnel who are authorized Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), assigned to this activity with Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, and have one or more bona fide family members residing with them on a full time basis, are eligible for base housing.

There are 693 on station houses, separated by rank and bedroom entitlement, and 128 off station apartments for E1-E5 two bedroom entitlements

MCAS YUMA Housing Office is located at Building 1080, Martini Avenue, and can be reached by phone (928)269-2826; fax:(928)269-3284.


Pueblo Elementary School students visit MCAS Yuma. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

All schools for elementary, middle or high school are off-base UCAS Yuma. There are three School Districts (Crane, Yuma One Elementary, Yuma Union High School). Dependent children living on the installation will attend one of the schools located out in town. There are two school Districts in Yuma (District One and Crane District). The Relocation Office will provide a School Handbook, which lists all schools in the area, with addresses, phone numbers and start times. Contact the Relocation Office at 928-269-2425.

For active duty personnel residing in Lincoln housing on the installation, the following schools will be utilized by school age dependents.

* Elementary School, grades K-5: Palmcroft Elementary School
* Middle School, grades 6-8: Woodard Junior High School
* High School, grades 9-12: Kofa High School

For active duty personnel residing in 16th Street Housing, the following schools will be utilized by school age dependents:

* Elementary School, grades K-6: Ronald Reagan Elementary School
* Middle School, grades 7 and 8: Centennial Middle School
* High School, grades 9-12: Cibola High School

For active duty personnel residing in housing out in town, assignment of elementary school will be based upon home residence address.

There are excellent opportunities for anyone seeking a college degree. There are two colleges and three universities located aboard the station or within 4 miles from the base.

Child Care

MCAS Yuma Child Development Center. Photo courtesy U.S. Marine Corps

The MCAS Yuma Child Development Center and Annex operate from 5:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and provides full day and hourly childcare services for children 6 weeks to 5 years. Fees for services are based on total family income and determined on a sliding fee scale. Reservations for hourly care is on a first come first serve basis when space is available.

The CDC offers the following programs:

* Full Day Program
* Hourly Care
* Part Day Preschool at the Youth Center

Children enrolled in the CDC must be a family member of active duty military retirees, National Guard on active orders, civilian and contracted employees attached to Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma. Priority placement occurs when waiting lists are necessary and registration occurs through the CYTP Resource and Referral office. All children requiring care on MCAS Yuma must be registered with the Child Development Center Annex, Bldg. 1071.

A waiting listed is maintained for most childcare programs and it is strongly advised for parents to place their child's name on the list as soon as possible. Parents who have Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders to MCAS Yuma or expectant mothers are strongly encouraged to place their child's name on the "future needs" waiting list upon receipt of their orders to MCAS Yuma or confirmation of pregnancy.

School Age Care (SAC) offers before and after-school care while school is in session and both full day and 7 hour camps during school breaks serving children Kindergarten through age 12. S Yuma School District #1 provides bus transportation from Palmcroft Elementary School, Woodard Jr. High, and Kofa High School from the base to the schools and back. Desert View Academy (charter school) provides transportation with limited space.

Active Duty Family members that choose to open a childcare business are certified through CYTP Family Child Care program. This childcare option is much more flexible than center based care and the adult to child ratio is much lower giving more one to one attention with children. Ages and number of children are dependent upon the children enrolled in the home.

Youth Center (YC) The YC is affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, administrative hours are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Youth Center also offers "Open Rec" at no charge.

Medical Care

The Branch Health Clinic provides basic family practice medicine. They have a full ancillary department and a limited number of specialty services. The clinic is part of the Tricare Prime network. Patients must enroll through the Tricare Service Center to receive care. The Tricare Service Center, located next to the clinic, provides medical benefit and enrollment information for family members and retirees. All inpatient care for active duty service members, their family members and retirees is provided through Yuma Regional Medical Center, Naval Medical Center San Diego or Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Appointments are required for service and can be scheduled by calling (928) 269-2700 weekdays between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For urgent care after hours and on weekends please call the clinic duty officer at pager (928) 376-2282.

All emergencies are handled by the local civilian hospital. For emergency assistance call 911. The air station fire department provides ambulance service for on-base emergencies.

The MCAS Yuma Dental Clinic offers a variety of services including restorative, endodontics, periodontics, prosthodontics and minor oral surgery care for service members.

Orthodontic service is unavailable. Any necessary dental specialty procedure that cannot be performed here will usually be referred to the MCAS Miramar Dental Center, San Diego Naval Dental Center or Balboa Hospital in San Diego.

Sick call hours are Monday through Thursday, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. on a walk-in basis. On Friday, the sick call hours are 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. only. Appointments for active duty members can be made through unit dental representative, by phone or by walk-in at the dental clinic appointment desk. Active duty service members are recommended to enroll their families in the United Concordia Dental Plan.

For additional information, call dental clinic at (928) 269-2353/2927. For emergencies after working hours, on weekends and holidays, call the duty dental technician at (928) 257-0288.