I was stationed at MCAS Yuma, with MAWTS-1 in 1997....maybe I can help...what you looking for? Wasnt much to do then its changed some but not much...you can drink, or go to Mexico and drink...or if your taking your Jeep you can wheel at the wash...lots of good trails to explore...
im just gonna be out there for 15 days for desert talon, training excercise before the 3rd MAW deploys...Im a midshipman at the Naval Academy and I got a special billet to train out there. Just looking for any info about the place or what all goes on....they haven't told us much here though that's the way it always is
Well for 15 days TAD...just hang out go to some local bars..dont know if the names are still the same but you can try Manske, Rons Place, Sky Chief, Jimmy D's in old town Yuma, Reds Birdcage....Lutes Casino...just a place to eat and the California Bakery....the last four are in old town section.
They have some good bowling alleys to hang out and bowl, drink some beer, and just kick back with some friends....you may be restricted from Mexico...
I landed a small airplane with my family at Yuma Airport years ago which is shared with MCAS Yuma. One of the two runways in the 'X' pattern is for civilians, the other runway that crosses it at a slight angle is for the Marines. Heh, I made the mistake of landing on the best one for the wind conditions and it happened to be the one that belonged to the Marines. Ya shoulda heard my airplane radio come alive with warnings from the bored military controllers and insistant orders to get off the military runway as I hurriedly quick-taxied off to "my" side of the airport lol!
I was stationed there for 4 years with VMA-513. I was in the Ordnance shop. So I know the area pretty well. It all depends on what you want to do. Great place to eat is Chretin's mexican food. Best I have ever had hands down! You have the sand dunes a few miles into california, providing they are still open. Martinez lake half hour north with all kinds of rental things from the MWR. Algodones, mexico a few miles into california then south to mexico. But with only 15 days there, I can imagine you will only have a couple of days off. The martinez lake is good to head up and BBQ have a few drinks and rent a boat or something....lastly enjoy!
oh yeah.....give a good to my beloved AV-8B Harriers down there as well...i miss those old pigs
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