From the heat of the desert to the heat of battle — U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

One of the largest military installations in the western world, 1300 square miles in size, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground’s mission is to ensure the operational success and dependability of weapon systems and munitions provided to American military forces. The proving ground’s test and development facilities are capable of testing nearly everything in the Army’s combat arsenal, from main battle tanks and artillery pieces to unmanned aircraft and parachute systems.

The proving ground’s workload directly impacts the defense of freedom. Tests are performed on a joint service basis for all American military services and a number of friendly foreign nations.

The economic impact of the proving ground is well over $400 million each year, most of which stays within Yuma County and the State of Arizona. The workforce consists of over 2400 military and civilian employees. Nearly all the civilian personnel who work at the proving ground reside in Yuma or in surrounding communities, patronizing local businesses on a year round basis. Over 30,000 visitors come to the proving ground annually, mostly to participate in test projects. Yuma Proving Ground’s numerous sophisticated, highly instrumented facilities and test mission capabilities have expanded greatly since humble beginnings in 1943, as has its relationship with the community and state. The proving ground boasts an excellent relationship with the Yuma community.

For further information, see the Yuma Proving Ground web site at: www.yuma.army.mil or facebook at: www.facebook.com/USAYPG