Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) Army Base is located 24 miles northeast of the city of Yuma between La Paz County and western Yuma County, in southwestern Arizona. This Army base is adjacent to the state border with California, and occupies over 1,300 square miles in the heart of the Sonora Desert, situated northwest from the base. Yuma proving ground has around 2,000 square miles of restricted airspace, that along with the surface of the installations, make it the largest military facility on Earth.
Yuma Proving Ground, as the name implies, is a military facility mainly used for testing purposes, conducting all types of tests on practically each weapon system utilized in ground combat. With over a half-million missiles and mortars fired within this facility every year. Yuma Proving Ground does not only evaluate and test munitions systems, but also serves as a training camp for troops coming for desert training. This ground also performs 200,000 miles vehicle driving testing, 4,000 air sorties and 36,000 parachute drops flown from its airfield annually.
Cost of Living: The cost of living in the city of Yuma is considered moderate if compared to the national average. Yuma's Consumer Index Price is 101, while this cost is 98 for the state of Arizona, and 100 for the USA.
Automated Telephone Attendant Number: Base operator can be reached at 928-328-2151 or DSN 312-899-2151. Incoming calls are transferred to the Police Desk after on-duty hours.
Base Population: Yuma Proving Ground has a population made of active duty, military students, National Guard, reserves, retirees, civilian employers and staff for other services, accounting approximately 17,693 people.
City/Area Population: The closest city to YPG is Yuma, county seat of the Yuma County. The city has an approximate population of 93,064, and Yuma County an estimated population of 203,247 as of 2014.
Child Development Centers: Yuma Proving Ground offers the YPG Child Development Center for children aged 6 weeks and up to kindergarten. More information on this center and its services can be retrieved by calling 928-328-3130. There is also one school from Yuma School District One, which is on post; James D. Price School for children grades K-5, and there are also other two schools in this area; Castle Dome Middle School (Grades 6-8), and Gila Ridge High School (Grades 9-12)
Youth Programs: The YPG' Youth Center provides youth programs to young people in this Army base. Get in touch with the School Liaison Officer at any of these phone numbers, 928-328-3119 and 928-328-3130, DSN 899-3119 or 3130. You can also dial 928-328-2860 for more information on these programs.
Family Readiness Center: Yuma Proving grounds offers family readiness programs through the ACS (Army Community Service) dialing 928-328-2513, 928-328-3350, 928-328-92324, or 928-328-2501/3224.
Employment: Yuma Proving Ground is the largest employer in Yuma County, having an important economic impact in the area, and therefore there are always employment opportunities here. Browse the federal jobs bulletin board to find current available positions.
Base Services: Yuma Proving Ground Army Base has one commissary, and one exchange service in addition to the Armed Forces National Bank, and ATM banking services inside the Laundromat. There are also medical services, and the necessary services to provide military personnel with a good standard of living.
History: Yuma Proving Ground was established in 1943, after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inaugurated the Yuma Test Branch, which included a segment of the General George Patton's California-Arizona Maneuver Area, with the main purpose being training soldiers that served in World War II.
Units: Support Detachment is the sole unit permanently assigned to Yuma Proving Ground, besides three tenant activities. Nonetheless, there are also many military units stopping temporarily here, since YPG is widely used as a training camp.
Housing: Yuma Proving Ground RCI partnered with Michaels Military Housing to create the Desert Oasis Communities, providing housing facilities to the military staff coming here, along with housing opportunities posted at the Army Housing One Stop website. For temporary quarters please call toll free at the central reservation office 1-877-711-TEAM (8326) and book your stay. There are several IHG’s branded hotels on post. You can also retrieve lodging pricing information calling the General Manager at 928-328-2129 or DSN 899-2129.
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