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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

72nd FA BDE holds joint service combatives training

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April 16, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines were each represented during Modern Army Combatives Program Level I training given by the 3-314th Field Artillery Battalion, 72nd Brigade, March 10-14, here.

MACP is a close quarters training program that fuses hand-to-hand combat, martial arts, and weapons into combat readiness. Level I certification is 40-hours conducted at the Battalion or Brigade, whereas Level 2 certification is 80-hours conducted at the Brigade level. Levels three and four, each consisting four weeks, are taught at Ft. Benning, Ga. at the U.S. Army Combatives School.
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Soldiers train chemical training mission

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April 16, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

First Army trainers from the Midwest and East Coast came together to transition a training mission and prepare a deploying chemical unit for its Operation Enduring Freedom mission.

Soldiers of the 174th Infantry Brigade's 1-314th Infantry Regiment, joint base, and the 157th Infantry Brigade's, 2nd-289th Field Artillery, Camp Atterbury, Ind., prepared troops of the 401st Chemical Co., Boston, with their mission specific training of the duties they are set to perform in Kuwait.

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VR-64 Condors hail new commander, say ‘farewell’ to old

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April 10, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Cmdr. Todd M. Boland assumed command of the Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR-64) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., during a change of command ceremony April 5, 2014.

Capt. Mark O. Bailey, Fleet Logistics Support Wing commodore, Fort Worth, Texas, presided over the event, in which joint base leadership, VR-64 personnel and distinguished guests for both Boland and Cmdr. Trevor Blow, outgoing VR-64 commander, were in attendance.

"It's been a long road to get to this point in my career; I stand here today due to the support, advice and guidance of many of you in the audience," Boland said. "The lessons I've learned from you over the years, personal and professional, have been invaluable in my career and have served me well."
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NAVAIR Lakehurst passes the plank to longest length of service employee

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April 9, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

On April 2, NAVAIR Lakehurst employees gathered at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for a "passing of the plank" ceremony.

The Naval Air Engineering Center (NAEC) Honorary Plank is awarded to the longest length of service employee of NAVAIR Lakehurst's Support Equipment and Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment Department (AIR 4.8). The plank was passed from the previous honorary plank holder and now retired, Carmen Bentivegna, to the newest honorary plank holder, Vince Strollo.
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Could you be the next AMC Icon?

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April 9, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Air Mobility Command is searching for the 2014 AMC Icon.

All AMC installations will host base-level talent shows in either July or August.

The AMC Icon program is loosely based around the hit TV program, American Idol.

Local contestants compete for $1,000 in cash prizes, the top active duty Air Force vocalist will then compete for $2,000 in cash prizes at the command level.

This year's AMC Icon Command Finals will again be conducted via video submissions which will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges. All videos will also be posted online for all to view.
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AMC offers suggestions for a safe spring

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April 8, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

After one of the coldest winters on record, spring is finally here, but weather changes also bring certain safety hazards.

Air Mobility Command Safety is launching their Spring Safety Campaign to remind Airmen of common safety issues as Airmen go outside and enjoy the warmer weather.

"After such a long and cold winter for most of AMC, I know we're all anxious to get back outside, but rushing to get outside without taking the proper safety precautions is a recipe for disaster," said Pat Nevitt, AMC Safety Occupational Safety and Health manager. "Often times a few minutes of extra planning can make all the difference between having a 'good' or 'bad' time."
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AF updates officer, enlisted voluntary force management eligibility lists

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April 8, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Select Airmen in specific categories who were not formerly eligible for fiscal year 2014 force management voluntary separation are now being offered voluntary separation. These individuals will not be subject to involuntary programs in fiscal 2014.

Officers from 33 Air Force specialty codes by year group and enlisted Airmen from seven AFSCs by grade are now eligible to apply for voluntary force management programs, such as voluntary separation pay, limited active-duty service commitment waivers and more, Air Force Personnel Center officials said April 3. In addition, officers in 70 AFSCs by year group and enlisted members in 178 AFSCs by grade are no longer eligible to apply for voluntary programs, and they will not meet an involuntary board in FY14.
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Resiliency key part of Army Reserve’s Yellow Ribbon events

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April 8, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Resiliency is an essential tool in any Soldier's toolkit, making it a little easier for him or her to cope with some of the more demanding aspects of military service.

During Yellow Ribbon events hosted by the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command, resiliency is a key topic for attending Soldiers and their families.

"Resilience is important in every aspect of our lives because resiliency is, basically, bouncing back in the face of adversity," explained April Millington, 99th RSC Yellow Ribbon Program manager. "We're all going to have some challenging situations - how do you bounce back, how do you carry on?"
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JB MDL Marines end Huey legacy

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April 2, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 Marines flew two UH-1N Huey helicopters for the last time in the squadron March 27, 2014, out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The ceremonious flight signified the retirement of the UH-1N model, which has been in service for more than 40 years and is being replaced by the UH-1Y Venom, or "Yankee" as HMLA-773's Marines know it.

The flight began at JB MDL where the crew travelled across New Jersey into New York. The crew followed the Hudson River to Stewart International Airport where they turned around and travelled to Philadelphia before landing for the last time at McGuire Field, where HMLA-773 Marines were waiting to celebrate the UH-1N's final flight.
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Army tightens personal appearance, tattoo policy

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April 2, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The number, size and placement of tattoos have been dialed back under revised Army Regulation 670-1, which governs the Army's grooming standards and proper wear of the uniform.

The revised regulation was published yesterday, along with Department of the Army Pamplet 670-1, outlining the new standards. Effective dates for the various changes can also be found in All Army Activity message, or ALARACT 082-2014.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addressed why the changes were made.
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Army seeks greater awareness for “Gold Star” wives

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April 2, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

"It's heartbreaking to think of someone asking 'what a beautiful pin, where can I get one?'" said Gold Star Wife Donna Engeman.

"We need to ensure the nation--the world--recognizes what that pin really signifies," she continued.

April 5, 2014, has been designated by Congress as "Gold Star Wives Day." The intent is to publically recognize the sacrifices made by our service members in support of our nation.

Though the official designation of the Gold Star Wives Day is relatively new, the gold star has officially been recognized as a symbol of loss since 1918.
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Army Reserve chaplain celebrates three decades of service

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April 2, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

It has been said that he who cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.

Chap. (Col.) Mark Sachs has persevered through both the bad and the good during his nearly 32 years serving in the Army and army Reserve.

"That's quite a testament to his dedication and commitment to our country," said Maj. Gen. Margaret W. Boor, commanding general of the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command, during Sachs' retirement ceremony March 7 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va.
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Vouchers offer advanced education for senior enlisted Sailors

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April 1, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Chief of Naval Personnel announced funding for the FY-14 Advanced Education Voucher program April 1, providing advanced education opportunities for top-performing chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers.

Announced by Naval Administrative Message 072/14, AEV provides financial assistance to selected senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9) to complete post-secondary, Navy-relevant degrees through off-duty education.

Master Chief Electronics Technician  Richard Simpson, enlisted education program coordinator at the Naval Education and Training Command, noted that this educational program is one of the most significant in the sea services, as the Navy invests in the future of enlisted leadership.
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18th Air Force commander visits JB MDL

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April 1, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Air Force Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, 18th Air Force commander, visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to see firsthand how service members accomplish the mission March 26 and 27, 2014.

During the two-day visit, McDew had the opportunity to tour the joint base, attend an airman leadership school final retreat, host an 18th Air Force all-call and visit with Airmen and Sailors from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center and the 621st Contingency Response Wing and AMC's Test and Evaluation Squadron.
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PAX Terminal ramps up Space A services

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March 27, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 305th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal is set to initiate a new virtual roll call program in the coming weeks here.

Virtual roll call will allow military and family members to check in with Passenger Terminal for Space Available, or Space A, flights via phone as opposed to the traditional method, which is in person.

The Passenger Terminal coordinates space available flights on military aircraft for military members and their families.

"This new service will benefit our customers and our staff," said 1st Lt. Cody Dumont, 305th APS Passenger Service Flight commander. "The customers will benefit from the convenience of choosing the virtual roll call allowing them to plan accordingly depending on the seats released. Our staff will benefit from having free time that was previously spent conducting a physical roll call."
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