December 20, 2012

News to Use December 20, 2012

DMO announcement

DMO will have limited services and assistance during the remainder of the year and will be closed on 24 and 31 December 2012. Please contact the respective section within DMO for any assistance prior to visiting the office–NO WALK-INs will be accommodated:


Household Goods: (928)269-2313

Passenger/Passport: (928)269-2315

Freight (Shipping/Receiving): (928)269-3678/2743.

Yuma Heritage Festival 

The City of Yuma is set to host its third annual Spirit of Yuma Heritage Festival Jan. 11-13, 2012 in downtown Yuma. The three day festival will include live musical activities in the historical Yuma Theater, local school bands, historical art displays provided by Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, The Yuma Army Proving Ground as well as local artists as well local food and drink vendors. For more information about the festival, please contact Perlita Wicks at (928) 373-5028.


Chapel News

All are encouraged to select an angel tree in the chapel entrance. Please return gifts under the tree before Dec. 22. All presents will be gifted to children in the local area by Dec. 23.

Catholic Mass

Christmas Eve Mass, Dec. 24 at 7 P.M.

Christmas Mass Dec. 25 at 9 A.M.

New Year’s Mass, Jan. 1 at 9 A.M.

Protestant Services

Christmas Eve Service, Dec. 24 at 5 P.M.


Winter Youth Sports

Soccer, Cheerleading and Track and Field will be offered throughout the Athletics Dept of MCAS Yuma beginning after the New Year. Youth Sports Program are open to all children, 5-12, of eligible MCAS Yuma. For further detail and information or to find out how to volunteer as a youth sports coach, please contact the Youth Sports office at (928) 269- 2324.


Tax Center News

The MCAS Yuma Tax Center is now open to prepare previous year tax returns, file amendments and to answer your tax questions.  We will be available mid-January, exact date yet to be determined, to file current year 2012 Federal and State income taxes.  An additional advertisement will follow with the date in which the Tax Center will be available to file current year 2012 federal and state income taxes.  We are located in building 852 in the Legal Assistance Center.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 0800-1630.  We can be reached by phone at 928-269-3586 or928-269-2481.  Thank you.


Effective immediately, all travelers shall request a lodging tax exemption when travelling on temporary additional duty orders (TAD).  Certain states require a form which can be found on the GSA office of charge card managements site at  If a lodging establishment refuses to accept the tax exemption form, the tax charges in the U.S. and overseas commercial lodging should be a separate reimbursable expense. Additionally, all travelers with government travel credit cards shall use the credit card for all official travel-related expenses in lieu of taking out ATM withdrawals.  For more details about these changes, please read MARADMIN 712/12.


YCAT offering Holiday Light Tours

Starting Friday, Dec. 21 through Sunday, Dec. 23, Yuma County Intergovernmental Public Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) invites holiday fun seekers to board the new YCAT buses.  The service is set to depart from downtown Yuma Transit Center at 7:30 p.m. and return one and a half hours later.  The Transit Center is at 200 Gila Street at the historic Hotel Del Sol building. Free parking is available.  For more information about this offering, please call (928)783-2235 or visit


Household Goods Shipment Reminder

The Distribution Management Office urges everyone in receipt of orders

receipt of orders to start the move process immediately.  Personnel in receipt of orders (PCS/Seps/Ret) planning to have their household goods shipped and/or stored MUST visit the Defense Personal Property System (DPS) self-counseling program at to create an individual user account (User ID and Password).


All personnel planning to perform a Personally Procured Move (PPM/DITY) are also required to use the DPS self-counseling program.  If you require assistance while navigating the DPS self-counseling module, please call (928)269-2313.


Mandatory group counseling sessions are also held twice a week.  DMO counselors will review your documents with you, explain your move entitlements and the move process, as well as answer any questions regarding your move. All customers must bring a copy of their PCS (Web Orders or BUPERS Orders) orders or SEPARATIONS/RETIREMENT (NAVMC 11060 or 1900) in order to receive assistance.  For more information about setting up your next move, please call (928)269-2311.

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