YUMA, Ariz. - On Tuesday, the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma (MCAS) opened their station to a new base tour.
The Yuma Visitor's Bureau is partnering with MCAS to take visitors and community members inside the air station.
It's been a while since MCAS has offered any tours of the station. Now, through the visitor's bureau you can get a behind the scene look at what our local marines do on a daily basis.
"The tour was actually about trying to get the community more involved with what's taking place on the base," Commanding Officer of MCAS, Col. David A. Suggs said. "The base is actually an integral part of the community and making sure that all of the personnel associated with the base understand all of the dynamic activities that take place on the base," he added.
On the first stop of the tour, the group saw a live demonstration from the PMO, working military dogs.
"It's amazing what they can train them to do and not only that but how aggressive and how intelligent they are," said one visitor, Ann Mocan.
Then from there, the group traveled by bus through the station for a window tour seeing all of the different hangers and facilities on the base.
Finally, the group saw some marines go through an obstacle course and even learned some self defense techniques from the marines themselves.
At the end of the tour, one visitor explained how impressed they were. "The tour is awesome, I don't think it could be any better," Jannelle Alastra said.
The tour lasted from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. This is a new tour called Oorah! through the Yuma Visitor's Bureau. Tickets cost $55 per person and that includes lunch and transportation.
For more information on where to sign up for a tour, visit visityuma.com/tours