This installation started with the name, Fly Field. Approximately 600 acres was purchased in the 1920s and contained airstrips for both civilian and military use.
WWII transformed this place into a fully operational Army base. Renamed Yuma Army Airfield, it trained soldiers for flight warfare.
Shortly after the war, the base was closed and become a federally protected land. In the late 1950s the Air Force reclaimed this area and renamed it at Vincent Air Force Base. Soldiers continued to train for flight warfare including rocket launches.
In the 1960s the installation was handed over to the Navy who subsequently handed it over to the Marine Corps in nine days. It was renamed Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and remains active to this day.
The are several units and support groups assigned to Yuma. 1st Force Service Support Group, Marine Air Control Squadron, Marine Aircraft Group 13, Marine Attack Squadrons VMA-211,214, 311 and 513, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1, Marine Fighter Training Squadron 401 and Marine Wing Support Squadron 371. These units train on tactical aircraft warfare and rotate deployments across the world.
The base offers a variety of things to do for both families and single soldiers. Movies, bowling, pools, gyms, parks, stores and restaurants are all located on post. The base also has a commissary, an exchange and two banks. San Diego is a day drive away, enjoy the waves at the beach or take in the nightlife. Travel south of the border to Mexico and enjoy the culture, economic shopping and ethnic dining. There are also a variety of state parks in the area for a day of fishing or weekend camping trips.
All children attend off post schools within the local community. There are many public and private schools to choose from. The base provides bus service for those children attending public schools. The Branch Health Clinic provides basic family practice medicine. Those who live on post will be assigned a PCM there through Tricare Prime. For specialized medical care and the ER, the Yuma Community Hospital is located right off post and services the military and civilian community.
On post housing is run by a private company, Lincoln Military Housing. They have two different communities on post, both communities have pools and gyms for resident use. As with all other military installation, size and location of house is dependent upon rank and size of family. The BAH is used to pay for housing and includes rent, utilities, maintenance, yard care, water and trash. Future residents are encourage to apply for housing quickly, there are current wait lists. Lincoln Military Housing can help you locate temporary housing if needed while waiting for your new home.