Installation Info: Zip Code: 85365, Area Code: 928, DSN: 899
U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground is one of the most sophisticated test sites for advanced technology in aircraft armament systems, air delivery systems and tank-automotive equipment. The massive 837,000-acre installation closely matches terrain and weather conditions of the Persian Gulf region.
The installation was created in 1943 to test bridging equipment because the Colorado River provided the perfect environment. The Proving Grounds are 25 miles northeast of Yuma, Ariz. The Yuma School District One runs an elementary school on post, with other schools in the city of Yuma. An outpatient and occupational health clinic take care of medical needs, with additional care at the Yuma Regional Medical Center.
In winter, Yuma is Arizona's warmest city, with low relative humidity that makes the days feel cooler and an average of 93 percent of possible sunshine hours. Recreational and cultural opportunities abound in Yuma, while base recreation includes bowling, pool, fitness center, library, arts and crafts centers, auto shop, picnicking, fishing, hunting and other outdoor sports.