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Since the 1950s, aviation boatswain’s mates have been trained at Lakehurst to operate catapults and arresting systems on aircraft carriers. Lakehurst conducts the unique mission of supporting and developing the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment and Support Equipment for naval aviation. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and the Advanced Arresting Gear system that will replace the existing steam catapults and the Mk-7 arresting gear are being developed and tested at Lakehurst at full-scale shipboard representative test facilities here.

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Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station News

Retention recommendation forms critical for ERB, QFRB eligibles

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March 4, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Commanders and senior raters of enlisted Airmen slated to meet the quality force review board in May or an enlisted retention board in June must complete an AF Form 3538E, Enlisted Retention Recommendation Form, for each eligible Airman, Air Force Personnel Center officials said. Completed forms must be provided to Airmen and submitted to AFPC by April 4 for the QFRB and May 17 for the ERB.

The retention recommendation form, although common to the officer retention program, is new to enlisted members, said Will Brown, evaluation and recognition programs branch chief.
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NAVAIR highlights women during March

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March 4, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

During March, the Navy is celebrating Women's History Month with the theme of "Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment."

Women have served in the Navy since 1811, when female nurses were first included among personnel in Navy hospitals, leading to the establishment of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1908. In 1917, the Navy authorized the enlistment of women. Designated as "Yeomen (F)", they unofficially became known as "Yeomenettes."

Today, approximately 18 percent of Sailors and officers across the Navy are women. Here at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), almost one in four civilian employees is a woman.
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Congressional staff members visit Army Reserve exercise

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March 4, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Several congressional staff members toured the Army Reserve's joint Combat Support Training Exercise here Feb. 24.

The purpose of the tour was to highlight the Army Reserve's capabilities as an operational force and the importance of maintaining those capabilities into the future.

"(Congressional) members are the ones who hold the purse strings that pay for the military, and for them to see how we keep our Army Reserve soldiers trained ... they can see the good utilization of those funds," explained Col. J. Matthew Lissner, congressional legislative liaison for the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command.
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NAVAIR Lakehurst employees judge high school science fair

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March 3, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Five employees from NAVAIR's Lakehurst site volunteered as judges for the Lacey Township High School science fair.

The science fair was hosted on Feb. 20 in the high school's library in Lanoka Harbor, N.J., and featured more than 100 participants.

The NAVAIR Lakehurst judges -- William Borkowski, NAVAIR Lakehurst's Education Outreach Coordinator, Kevin Kasper, mechanical engineer, Emberle Lawson, mechanical engineer, Nicholas Cavaliere, mechanical engineer, and Christine Doeren, Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment development program systems engineer -- were paired up with Lacey Township High School teachers to judge the projects.
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Orrie returns to basic training

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February 28, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

As Chief Master Sgt. Louis D. Orrie, Command Chief for the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., exited the ramp of the C-17 Globemaster III, he was greeted by a shower of water and champagne from family and friends after his symbolic "fini-flight" marking the end of his aviation career Feb. 25, 2014.

"You know that one day you have to stop flying, that one day every aviator has to stop and hang up their helmet and flight-suit for one final time," said Orrie. "You never think about it and before you know it, there it is confronting you, staring you in the face and you can't avoid it."
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Army coaches help U.S. women make Olympic history

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February 26, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Two Olympic coaches from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program had an unofficial hand in Team USA earning two Olympic medals in women's bobsled competition Feb. 19 at the Sanki Sliding Center.

U.S. Olympic men's bobsled assistant coach U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program 1st Lt. Mike Kohn and Team USA Olympic skeleton coach Vermont Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Tuffield "Tuffy" Latour, a former U.S. and Canadian men's and women's bobsled coach, assisted Team USA silver medalists Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams and bronze medalists Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel.
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Infrastructure upgrades enhance joint base missions

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February 26, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Air Force and New Jersey leaders officially opened the joint base's newest Command Post and Base Operations joint facility as well as a new dormitory with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies Feb. 24, 2014, here.

The JB MDL Command Post and several 305th OSS flights, including Weather, Intelligence and Airfield Management, will now be able to better provide mission support to the joint base and flying missions respectively with the facility upgrade.

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NAWCAD Lakehurst selects Federal Engineer of the Year Award winner

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February 25, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., selected Andrew L. Imperiale as its agency winner for this year's Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA), sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government (PEG) interest group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Imperiale and 23 winners from other federal agencies were invited to attend the awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at the National Press Club in Washington.
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87th FSS vies for coveted Hennessy Award

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February 20, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 87th Force Support Squadron's Food Service Team competed for the Hennessy Award, an Air Force-level food service award, during an evaluation Feb. 11-13, 2014, here.

The John L. Hennessy trophy is awarded to outstanding food service programs in multiple categories, including Region One which is the category the 87th FSS hopes to achieve through their implementation of rigorous standards.

"It's our third year to compete for the Hennessy award at the Air Force level and we have won once before," said 2nd Lt. Kaitlyn Clemens, 87th FSS Food Service officer from Sparta, N.J. "The steps we need to take to win are everything we should already accomplish on a regular basis as well as keeping our people up to speed."
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305th MXS PMEL assumes additional responsibilities

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February 20, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

In an Air Force with a continually shrinking budget, the 305th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory is following suit with an initiative in which the unit will acquire an additional workload to consolidate resources within the Air Force PMEL network.

Reallocation of resources within the career field provides an outlet for PMELs to operate and successfully complete their missions in a more efficient manner, thus saving time and money in the face of ongoing fiscal restraints in the Air Force.
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Experienced Airmen wanted: Continue your career in the Reserve

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February 18, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don't want to hang-up their uniforms for good.

"Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers," said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air Force Reserve's director of recruiting. "They can continue their service as Citizen Airmen."

Reserve service provides a benefits package highlighted by programs familiar to most Airmen such as tuition assistance, the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill and the opportunity to work toward a military retirement plan. Additionally, low-cost healthcare insurance is available to most reservists at significantly lower rates than comparable plans, and enlistment bonuses are available for some career fields at specific duty locations.
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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

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February 18, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here today.

Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current CAC issuance policy during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

"Beginning in late March [or] early April of this year, we are going to begin fully enforcing current common access card policy, which will require individuals to bring supporting documentation if they have had their ID cards lost or stolen," he said. "If you have your card lost or stolen, you should work with your local security office or the individual sponsoring you for that ID card."
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JB MDL commander authorizes two-hour reporting delay for Feb. 13

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February 12, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Current as of 5:40 p.m., Feb. 12, the Joint Base Commander has determined that all non-essential personnel are authorized a two-hour delay, at this time. All personnel designated as mission, weather or emergency-essential personnel, as determined by mission partner commanders/directors, are required to report for duty tomorrow, Feb. 13.
Weather and road conditions will be reassessed by Joint Base Leadership at approximately 6 a.m. tomorrow to determine if any updates to the base status are necessary and all communication tools will be updated once a determination is made. As always, additional delays may be directed by mission partner commanders/directors due to road hazards and/or safety concerns.
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Soldiers plan opposing force

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

For a military force to be successful in their mission, they must receive proper training so they know how to react to an opposing force.

The OPFOR is an important training enhancer which allowed soldiers to see how the enemy may attack them during Warrior Exercise 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 8 - 21, 2014.

"The injects to be implemented are passed down from First Army, then we decide which injects are to be implemented," said Capt. Catherine Hand, commander for Golf Company of the 3rd Support Battalion under the 78th Training Division in Horseheads, N.Y.
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Soldier manages time as full-time lawyer, participates in community activities

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Lt. Col. Gary Port, judge advocate general for the 78th Training Division AT Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is a third-generation lawyer who has been around the law since childhood.

"My grandfather was a corporate lawyer and my father was more of a general practice lawyer," said Port. "Growing up around the law system led me to choose the same path."

Port went to school working on his law degree after high school. He first attended New York University to obtain his bachelor's degree.
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