Legislative District 13 has an extensive military presence with installations for the Marines, Air Force and Army.
Luke Air Force Base (AFB) is a United States military installation located near Litchfield Park and serves as the training center for the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the new F-35 Lighting II. The F-35 has three main models – the F35A with a conventional take-off and landing; the F35B utilizes a short take-off and vertical landing and the F35C, a carrier-based variant. Luke AFB is also the home of the 56th Fighter Wing and Air Education & Training Command (AETC) whose mission is to train the world’s greatest fighter pilots and maintainers while deploying mission-ready warfighters.
District 13 is also the home of the Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) — Yuma’s premier aviation training facility. It is a critical asset to our national security and provides realistic air-to-air combat training with electronically simulated weapons firing for all Navy and Marine squadrons. MCAS is the home to the 12th Air Force, the 355th Fighter Wing, hosts ten different units that provides combat airpower, search and rescue, electronic warfare/jamming, aircraft regeneration, and protection of our border with Mexico.
The U.S. Army’s Yuma Proving Ground (YPG) is the nation’s premier ground and weapons testing facility and one of the largest military installations in the country. The work performed at YPG directly contributes to America’s national defense, a role that is a source of intense pride for over 2,000 Yuma County residents. Its primary mission is to ensure weapon systems and equipment issued to our soldiers function safely and as intended — all the time, without fail. Realistic, environment testing is performed on all types of tanks, artillery, munitions, parachutes, helicopters, and much more. In a typical year, YPG’s Test Center fires tens of thousands of artillery, mortar and missile rounds, executes 36,000 parachute drops, drives over 130,000 miles on test vehicles and flies nearly 4,000 air sorties.