Marine Corps Air Station Yuma recently hosted the inaugural children’s tour Intro to Devil Dogs 101, with the help of Marines, volunteers, teachers and parents from the local community.
Children from a handful of local elementary schools participated in the tour, which began on Ramada Field and finished on the flight line with a co
After weeks of debate and number-crunching, the Defense Department announced plans Tuesday to furlough about 680,000 of its civilian employees for 11 days through the end of this fiscal year, allowing only limited exceptions for the military to avoid or reduce the unpaid days off.Tuesday's announcement of the mandatory unpaid days of
A lifetime member of the Yuma County Sheriff’s Posse was recently honored in Washington, D.C., for his service as a sailor during World War II.
Raymond Evans, who served in the Navy from 1944 until 1946 as a fireman 1st Fleet tug sailor, was one of a small group of veterans from Arizona of that war who were flown to the nation&rsqu
Army veteran Joe “Tiger” Patrick II, who served in Operation Desert Storm, has been walking across America to honor those he calls the fallen heroes of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. On Thursday he stopped off at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, where he met with members of the news media and photojournalists who were at th
The commanding officer of four Harrier squadrons and one F-35B squadron at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma said Thursday that continuing construction to prepare for more next-generation fighter jets puts the air station in a position to assume a much larger presence on the West Coast.Col. Michael Gough, commanding officer of Marine Air
Budget tightening in the Department of Defense could mean Yuma Proving Ground not entering banner-bearing Humvees in parades or sending speakers to an after-hours function in town.Following a statement by the Office of the Army Chief of Public Affairs that said sequestration and budget uncertainty will limit community support, YPG sp
Yuma County has tentatively scored more than $10 million to improve and flatten Martinez Lake Road.The road to the popular summer destination about 35 miles north of Yuma is known to frequent travelers as a hilly, difficult-to-traverse stretch of pavement. But if the Federal Highway Administration finalizes a $10,075,000 grant, withi
Seventy soldiers of the Phoenix-based Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment 850th Military Police Battalion of the Arizona Army National Guard will return to Arizona on Thursday from their deployment to Qatar in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
Among them are two soldiers from Yuma and one from Somerton. The Yuma soldiers are Pv
A Yuma Marine assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 in Yuma will receive a prestigious USO award for her actions during and after a deadly Taliban attack on Camp Bastion last year while deployed to Afghanistan.Cpl. Mary Beth Monson will be presented with a Military Leadership Award on Thursday during the USO's 47th annual
A Yuma man is cherishing a one-of-a-kind piece of history from World War II that was given to him several years ago by his brother shortly before he died. Talking in a low tone that was both a mixture of immense pride and deep sadness, Filemon Tellez said his brother, David, survived the Bataan Death March and went on to spend more t
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — It's moving season and families are naturally concerned about their children's education, but parents' minds were put to ease thanks to a special guest-visit from a superintendent and Camp Lejeune school liaison officers.While on a recent vacation trip to visit family in Jacksonville, N.C.
According to Lockheed Martin spokesman Mike Rein, the company will resume delivering F-35Bs, the short-takeoff-and vertical-landing variant of the Lightning II, to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma sometime within the next month.“It's definitely looking that way,” Rein said.Rein said in a telephone interview Monda
Civilian Department of Defense employees working at both Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and Yuma Proving Ground may have the mandatory unpaid furlough days they are facing as part of sequestration reduced to just seven.They had initially faced 22 days and are now set at 14.According to The Associated Press, senior Pentagon
A Yuma-based platoon of an Arizona Army National Guard unit received two awards for the combat service it earned during two deployments in Iraq.A Unit Awards ceremony was held for the 855th Military Police Company recently at the Sunnyslope Armory in Phoenix. The Yuma-based 1st Platoon is made up of law enforcement and other federal
Known simply by the Marines who have attended it over the years as WTI, which stands for Weapons and Tactics Instructor course, it is also the only training of its kind, providing pilots, weapon system operators, ground combat and combat support service personnel a world-class opportunity to hone their battlefield knowledge and expertise.
Arizonans are aware of the important role played by military installations throughout our state and, though the U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground isn't as well known as others, the proving ground's impact on national defense is profound.How many people outside the proving ground know of YPG's role in managing military environmental testi
About 135 high school students enrolled in the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (MCJROTC) participated in the inaugural Kofa High School Crucible on Thursday.
Held at the Kofa football stadium, it began with a promotion ceremony.
"This is the first year of the program at Kofa High School, so everyone is an LE-1
On the morning of Sept. 5, 1967, Sgt. Bravie Soto led a squad of men into the thick jungle of Bien Hoa Province, South Vietnam. It was a sweltering late summer’s day as they set out from their command post to patrol the perimeter of a rubber tree plantation.
Soto and the seven men under his command would never return.
One year ago, President Barack Obama stated in a proclamation for Women's History Month: “While we have made great strides toward equality, we cannot rest until our mothers, sisters and daughters assume their rightful place as full participants in a secure, prosperous and just society.”
Securing her place in the U.S. Army is
Having grown up as part of the baby boom generation, Chuck Wullenjohn said it seemed like almost every adult male he met as a child had served in World War II, so it only seemed fitting that the first book he ever gets published is inspired by the heroism of the soldiers who fought, suffered and died during the Bataan and Corregidor campaigns in
A F-35B Lightning II from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 conducted its first short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVAL) Thursday morning from the flightline at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma.Maj. Richard Rusnok, an F-35B Lightning II test pilot, conducted the maneuvers, which also included performing the Marine Corps' first-ever
It didn't take long for workers at Yuma Proving Ground to share some encouraging news to come out of Washington Thursday: Furloughs are being delayed.“The word out here at YPG spread quite rapidly,” said YPG spokesman Chuck Wullenjohn. “Everybody I've asked about it seems to know about it already.”
Many federal employees living and working in the Yuma area face mandatory unpaid furloughs because of sequestration, a series of automatic federal budget cuts enacted on March 1 as part of an austerity fiscal policy.John Lee Simpson, president of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2104, is one of about 800,0
Despite a low turnout, which registered the lowest it has in recent years, officials at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma are pleased with this year’s 51st Annual Air Show and Open House, saying it was still a success in the eyes of the organizers.
Senior officials aboard MCAS Yuma said an estimated 25,000 watched Saturday's air show,