Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron (MAWTS-1) conducted a foreign humanitarian assistance exercise at Kiwanis Park, 1791 S. Magnolia Ave. Friday between 4-10:30 p.m.. It’s designed to provide Marine students with realistic training that is consistent with a mission they may execute in real-world operations. More than 30 aircraft were involved, most at Twentynine Palms, California, and five in Yuma, The two primary aircraft that flew in Yuma were the UH-1Y Huey and the much larger CH-53 Super Stallion. Friday's exercise involved refugee role players, cargo and vehicles, Marine security forces as well as various civilian agencies, such as the USAID/Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. For the first time, Yuma Regional Medical Center physicians will participate as part of the Medical Civil Action Program (MEDCAP).

The landing zones are Centennial and Crane middle schools with a lot of the action taking place at Kiwanis Park, 1791 S. Magnolia Ave. Hueys will land on the pads at YRMC, making sure not to interfere with actual medical emergencies.