Marine Corps Air Station Yuma was originally a 640-acre parcel of desert scrub and brush leased from Yuma County to the federal government for $1 per year at the suggestion of Colonel Benjamin Fry in 1928. Rudimentary dirt runways proved adequate for air service of the time, but in 1941 the Civil Aeronautics Administration oversaw the installation of permanent runway. The decision to upgrade Fly Field proved prescient; when the U.S. was drawn into World War, the Army Air Force was able to transform the sleep airfield into a military air base in very short order. Yuma Army Air Base began training students in AT-6 (single engine), T-17 (multi-engine) and B-17 aircraft, with the first class graduating in early 1943.

After a brief period of inactivity following World War II, the base was reactivated in 1951, this time under Air Force control to train personnel in its Western Air Defense Forces. In 1956, the base was renamed Vincent Air Force Base in honor of Brigadier General Clinton Vincent, but three years later control of the base was signed over to the Navy, and in 1962 it was designated a Marine Corps Air Station.

Today, Air Station Yuma is the Corps’ premiere training base, supporting four-fifths of the Corps’ air-to-ground aviation training. The base’s major tenant is Marine Aircraft Group 13, comprised of Fighter Attack Squadron 121, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13, Wing Support Squadron 371, Attack Squadrons 211, 214, 311, and 513. It’s also home to several other squadrons (the Corps’ Aviation Weapons Tactics, Operational Test and Evaluation, Fighter Training, Air Control, Combat Logistics) and the Branch Health Clinic.
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