News: MCAS Yuma

  • Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Marine Grunts Will Train With F-35 Ahead of First Deployment

    Military.com // October 11, 2016
    The unit, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, out of Camp Pendleton, California, will team up with Yuma-based Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 for a variety of training evolutions before the units deploy together to the Pacific with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit next year.
  • F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    F-35 Program Ramps Up Training for Pilots, Technicians

    National Defense Magazine // November 13, 2015
    The F-35 joint strike fighter program is transitioning to a day when its pilots will come fresh out of flight school and the new jet fighter will be their first assignment.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps Moves Forward with F-35 Transition

    U.S. Marine Corps // August 13, 2015
    "Marine Corps IOC is a significant accomplishment, but we will not stop to celebrate... we will further refine the operational concepts that allow us to fully leverage this transformational capability"
  • Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Announcement Reaffirms U.S. Air Superiority

    Yuma Sun // August 05, 2015
    The United States Marine Corps declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its variant of the F-35 Lightning II fighter, a huge milestone in the development of any aircraft β€” the announcement essentially means they have determined it to be capable of being deployed and ready for service.
  • U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    U.S. Marine Corps Declares the F-35B Operational

    FROM THE HEADQUARTERS U.S. MARINE CORPS // July 31, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps' F-35B Lightning II aircraft reached initial operational capability today with a squadron of 10 F-35Bs ready for world-wide deployment.
  • VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    VMFA-121 Moving to Japan by 2017

    Yuma Sun // July 29, 2015
    Pending the confirmation of the F-35B's readiness for military operations, VMFA-121 will be moving permanently to Japan by 2017.
  • Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine F-35B Simulators Get True-to-Life Upgrades

    Marine Corps Times // July 27, 2015
    Pilots with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 got Block 2B software upgrades giving their four simulators at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona, the exact same capabilities as their real fighters.
  • U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    U.S. Marines Complete F-35B Readiness Inspection

    Aviation Week // July 22, 2015
    The U.S. Marine Corps has completed an operational readiness inspection (ORI) of its first F-35B squadron, the last major hurdle before the service can assess whether VMFA-121 in Yuma, Arizona, is suitable to declare initial operational capability (IOC).