Yuma Proving GroundCommunity
Life on Post
Lance Cpl. Nick Lemon and his K-9 partner Benny share a bonding moment to get worked up for night operations training during the Interservice Advanced Skills K-9 course at Yuma Proving Ground. (Photo by Cpl. Aaron Diamant)
Housing Services Office
The Housing Services Office will assist you with coordinating family housing, unaccompanied or single soldier housing, or privatized housing. Personnel are required to sign in with the housing services representative in the Michaels Military Housing and Desert Oasis Communities office complex at 1120 Cutter St. Contact numbers for housing services are as follows:
- Chief of Housing (residential communities officer, Housing Services Office and unaccompanied personnel housing), 928-328-2031.
- Housing management specialist, 928-328-2177.
- Unaccompanied personnel housing and administration, 928-328-2671.
Nongovernment housing services are provided at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. The housing referral office has a referral program and maintains a rental listing for apartments as well as houses, condos and town houses that is updated weekly. To get a current listing, call the housing referral office at 928-269-2826.
Military Family Housing
Military family housing at Yuma Proving Ground is provided by Desert Oasis Communities. Desert Oasis Communities offers two communities to proving ground residents: Ironwood and Colorado housing. Three- to five-bedroom units are available.
Desert Oasis Communities allows pets with certain restrictions. In general, residents may have three pets, though certain dog breeds and exotic animals are not allowed. Pets must be registered at the proving ground’s veterinary clinic within five days of occupying a housing unit or acquiring a pet.
For more information about homes and amenities at Yuma Proving Ground, visit the Desert Oasis Communities website at https://themichaelsorg.com/michaels-management-services/communities/desert-oasis-communities.
Yuma Proving Ground does not have a barracks. Contact the Housing Office for more information on single service member housing.
Army Community Service
Army Community Service’s mission is to provide “real life solutions for successful Army living” for soldiers, retirees, Army civilians and family members. ACS offers comprehensive programs and services to meet the needs of the Yuma Proving Ground community. ACS support services include:
- Army Family Team Building: Programs and services designed to strengthen and support families and family life.
- Employment Readiness: Assists family members with job searches, resumes, application preparation and career counseling.
- Financial Readiness: Programs that improve personal financial management skills. Individual and group sessions are provided in various personal money management topics.
- Mobilization and Deployment Readiness: Briefings, workshops and other programs that help families prepare for all three stages of the deployment cycle (pre-deployment, deployment and reintegration).
- Relocation Readiness: Provides information, services, guidance and assistance to personnel and their family members who are making a PCS move to or from Yuma Proving Ground.
For a full list and description of ACS programs at Yuma Proving Ground, visit www.yumamwr.com/acs.html.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program that works with other military and civilian agencies to provide comprehensive and coordinated community support, housing, educational, medical and personnel services to families with special needs. Soldiers on active duty enroll in the program when they have a family member with a physical, emotional, developmental or intellectual disorder requiring specialized services so their needs can be considered in the military personnel assignment process.
For information on Yuma Proving Ground’s EFMP program, visit www.yumamwr.com/efmp.html.
Family Readiness Group
Family Readiness Groups are official command-sponsored organizations for a unit’s soldiers and family members. FRGs provide an avenue of mutual support and assistance, and a network of communications among family members, the chain of command and community resources to foster a sense of belonging to the unit and community. FRGs also provide information and referral and support during deployments.
For more information on Army Family Readiness Groups, visit www.armyfrg.org.
CHILD CARE AND YOUTH PROGRAMS
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The CDC’s staff focuses on each child’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Fees are based on total family income.
Yuma Proving Ground’s Child Development Center, in Building 1102, can be reached at 928-328-3130. For more information, visit www.yumamwr.com/childdevcenter.html.
Family Child Care
Family Child Care homes offer child care services in a home environment. Typically, FCC homes can provide hours of operation that are more flexible than those at the CDC. The FCC program also offers an opportunity for spouses to contribute to the family income while caring for their own children. FCC homes are certified, and providers are trained like the staff at the Child Development Center. FCC homes are monitored through CYSS as well as by health, preventive medicine, fire and safety services.
For more information on local Family Child Care, call 928-328-3119 or visit www.yumamwr.com/childdevcenter.html.
Middle School and Teen Program
The Middle School and Teen Program offers grades 6-12 supervised recreational after-school activities that promote cognitive and physical health and fitness. The program partners with Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H to offer programs that recognize the scholastic and creative talents of participants. Youth leadership, educational opportunities and citizenship-building experiences are incorporated through partnerships with local schools and the community.
Registration and on-post recreation activities are provided at no charge. Fees for off-post extracurricular activities and field trips vary depending on the cost of the activity. Transportation and supervision are included in the field trip fee. Bus transportation to the youth center from school is provided by the Yuma School District.
Youth may also participate in the Youth Sponsorship Program. This program provides peer assistance to help youth that are new to Yuma Proving Ground.
Registration for the Middle School and Teen Program is handled through Parent Central Services (928-328-3130). For more information on the program, call 928-328-2860 or visit www.yumamwr.com/middleschoolteens.html.
School Age Services
At Yuma Proving Ground, school-age children in first through fifth grade can take part in exciting age-appropriate activities that include: science and computer labs, arts and crafts, woodworking, music and drama, reading and writing, and outdoor and indoor sports activities. Programs are affiliated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and 4-H. School Age Services offers before- and after-school care, holiday and summer camps, exciting field trips, swimming, roller-skating, library activities and sports. Drop-off and pickup services for Price Elementary School are provided.
For more information on Yuma Proving Ground school-age services, visit www.yumamwr.com/schoolageservices.html.
The school liaison officer works in partnership with local schools to address educational issues involving military children and to provide assistance with student transitions from school system to school system.
The school liaison officer is located at 301 C St. in Building 1105. For more information, call 928-328-3119 or visit www.yumamwr.com/schoolliaisonoffice.html.
Yuma Proving Ground’s Youth Sports program offers children ages 3 to 12 opportunities to develop good sportsmanship and healthy physical fitness skills. The program offers Smart Start to help children develop the basic skills in each sport that will enable them to successfully participate in team sports.
Youth Sports partners with Marine Corps Air Station Yuma to provide team sports and activities like cheerleading, soccer, baseball, flag football and basketball. Intramural sports for children 3 to 4 years olds are offered on post.
Registration for each sport is provided through Parent Central Registration (928-328-3130). For more information, visit www.yumamwr.com/youthsports.html.
Auto Skills Center
The Auto Skill Center has a full range of tools and equipment for the self-help mechanic to get almost all jobs done, from a simple radiator flush to an engine tear-down. The center also contains a woodworking shop and is located down the street behind the Exchange Shoppette.
For more information, call 928-328-3092 or visit www.yumamwr.com/autoskillscenter.html.
Bowling Alley and Movie Theater
Enjoy bowling, movies and more at Coyote Lanes. Giant screens at the end of the bowling alleys feature music videos and popular sporting events. The Coyote Lanes Cinema shows free movies every night. When it comes to food, the Coyote has something for everyone. Choose from a variety of burgers, pizzas, sub sandwiches and a few Mexican favorites as well.
One of the most popular camps in the military system, Yuma Proving Ground’s Desert Breeze Travel Camp offers 102 campsites equipped with water, sewer, electricity (20, 30 and 50 amps), cable television and Wi-Fi. There are also two partial hookup sites with water and electricity only. There are on-site showers, restrooms and coin-operated laundry facilities. The campground also includes a multifunction community recreation center and a covered outdoor activities pavilion.
For more information, call 928-328-3989 or visit www.yumamwr.com/travelcamp.html.
The proving ground’s fitness center offers state-of-the-art cardio equipment, weight machines and free weights. The center offers a variety of aerobics classes and martial arts classes throughout the year.
You can also take advantage of a golf driving cage, a batting cage with both slow-pitch softball and baseball pitching machines, a golf putting surface, a tennis court, and a pickle ball and multi-racquet sports court. In general, participants must be 15 or older or be accompanied by an adult.
The Intramural Sports Program at Yuma Proving Ground has something for all athletes. From basketball to table tennis, softball to golf, a year-round calendar of events will keep you busy.
For more information on the fitness center or intramural sports, call 928-328-2400 or visit www.yumamwr.com/fitnesscenter.html.
Leisure Travel Services
Leisure Travel Services, upstairs in Building 300, offers great deals on area theme parks and vacation packages to active-duty and retired military personnel, DOD civilians, proving ground contractors and their family members.
For more information, call 928-328-3714 or visit www.yumamwr.com/leisuretravel.html.
The library can take care of all your leisure and educational needs. It offers several commercial ISP computer stations and free Wi-Fi. The library also has interlibrary loan service, a summer reading program and more 40,000 items to explore. Active-duty personnel, Army civilians, contractors, retirees and family members can also download free e-books and audiobooks from the wide selection available at the Army Digital Media Library.
For more information on the library and the Army Digital Media Library, call 928-328-2558 or visit www.yumamwr.com/library.html.
Outdoor Recreation Excursions
Want to get out of town and fish, shop, explore some sights or just wander around a major city? The Outdoor Recreation trips program coordinates at least one trip each month to San Diego, Phoenix or other locales.
For more information, call 928-328-3989/2400 or visit www.yumamwr.com/outdoor.html.
The new Skatewave Skate Park has an array of features that will thrill any skateboard or rollerblade enthusiast. For more information, call 928-328-2400 or visit www.yumamwr.com/skatepark.html.
Escape the desert heat and take a dip at the Kahuna Lagoon swimming pool. The 25-meter, L-shaped outdoor pool has a 75-foot sliding tube and a diving board. The pool also offers a spray ground for children. If you don’t feel like swimming, relax at the pool-side patio or under one of the more private cabanas. The pool is open May through September.
For more information, call 928-328-2400 or visit www.yumamwr.com/swimmingpool.html.
SHOPPING AND DINING
Save your hard-earned dollars by shopping for groceries at the commissary in Building 536. For more information, call 928-328-2240 or go to www.commissaries.com.
Dining on Post
Need a quick bite to eat? At Yuma Proving Ground you can enjoy meals at the Cactus Café and Cutaway Lounge, Coyotes Lanes, the ROC Garden Café and the Roadrunner Café. For more information on menus and hours of operation, visit www.yumamwr.com and choose from selections under the “Dining” tab.
The Yuma Troop Store provides a gas station, a laundromat, a beauty salon and barbershop. A few amusement machines and an ATM are also available in the laundromat. Call 928-343-1132 or visit www.shopmyexchange.com for more information.