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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

Hispanic Soldier traces selfless service to cultural, military roots

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October 14, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Sgt. 1st Class Jose Flores locked his bolt to the rear, placed the butt of his weapon firmly against his shoulder, took aim and fired over the bow of an aircraft carrier in New York Harbor.

It was Memorial Day at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in Manhattan, and Flores and his fellow Honor Guard Soldiers were firing the first volley of blank rounds in a 21-gun salute to their fallen brethren.

This wasn't the first time Flores - a native of Nicaragua and 16-year Army veteran - participated in such a ceremony. Volunteering to go that extra mile is something he credits to his background as a Hispanic-American and combat-arms Soldier.
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JB MDL wrestles for gold

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

Wrestlers from 24 different countries competed for gold in the 29th Annual World Military Wrestling Championships here at the Griffith Field House.

The Conseil International Du Sport - International Military Sports Council - hosted the four-day event that began Oct. 3 and featured Olympic caliber athletes who competed in one of the largest multidisciplinary organizations in the world.

"Its pretty competitive. The armed-forces athletes are some of the best athletes in the country," said Jason Loukides, a coach for the United States Team. "There are world medalists and Olympians here. CISM comes at the end of the season, after the world championships, so many of the people here were just (competing in the World Wrestling Championship) in Uzbekistan before this competition."
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Winning it yourself

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

With leaves turning shades of red and brown here, service men and women from around the world competed inside Griffith Field House and Fitness Center during the 29th Annual International Military Sports Council World Military Wrestling Championships Oct. 3, 2014.

Among those competing is Army Sgt. Jamel Johnson, a unit supply specialist with the World Class Athlete Program, and Winston-Salem, N.C., native.

"For me, [wrestling was a way] to stay in shape for football in high school, but then I got beat up real bad and I wanted to make it my actual sport," Johnson said. "I wanted to conquer it; I just fell in love with it after that."
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JB MDL MEPS supports new recruits

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

While waiting in the Commander's briefing room at the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station here, Shaquan Bagby, a native of Philadelphia cracks jokes amongst a room of otherwise serious yet eager peers to help lighten the mood.

Like his peers, Bagby said he is both nervous and excited to be enlisting into military service.

"I know we're here to do business at the end of the day, but, you know, we can still have a little fun before we head off to basic training," Bagby said.
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The heart of our community

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

Community is an important aspect of military life, and the library here, as with most military installations, is a focal point for family activities that are committed to strengthening that bond.

The library offers a variety of programs and volunteer opportunities for those interested here. Children's Thursday story time is a program the JB-MDL library provides military children to help them learn to read, provides them an opportunity to meet others and participate in interactive games. It's also a great opportunity for parents to network with each other.
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JB MDL’s ‘Aquaman’ keeps eyes on Combat Controller job

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

It was still dark here as the Airmen patiently waited outside the front door to the base's indoor pool. It was a chilly morning, but the cold didn't seem to bother them.

One joked about how hot and humid it would be once they got in.

Once inside, the young men wasted no time getting their equipment set up on their lane and jumping into the warm water.

From across the pool, they seemed to be simply roughhousing in the water.

"We're practicing buddy breathing," said Airman 1st Class Jordan Robinson, a cyber systems operator with the 87th Communication Squadron here.
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Pudgy’s supervisor honored by DoD for extraordinary support

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

New Jersey Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense office, announced Sept. 25, 2014, Bruce Reeves, Pudgy's Sports Pub supervisor, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of his extraordinary support of Senior Airman Misti Klesser while serving in the New Jersey Air National Guard.

According to Alan Smith, New Jersey ESGR State Chair, "the Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who, like the citizen warriors before them, have answered their nation's call to serve. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation's Guard and Reserve units."
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75th Training Command welcomes Brig. Gen. Rosende

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October 6, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Atlantic Division, 75th Training Command held a change of command ceremony here Saturday as outgoing commander Brig. Gen. John H.H. Turner relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Alberto C. Rosende.

The change of command ceremony is a long standing Army tradition. The ceremony symbolizes the transition of command authority from one commander to the next.

Prior to the change of command, Maj. Gen. James "Boe" Young Jr. presented the Meritorious Service Award to Brig. Gen. John H.H. Turner in recognition of his hard work, dedication and sacrifice.
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621 CRW Airmen, 688 RPOE Soldiers deploy to Liberia in support of Ebola outbreak humanitarian relief operations

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

A rapid-response team of U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army air and surface mobility specialists deployed to Liberia, Sept. 17, in support of Operation UNITIED ASSISTANCE, a comprehensive U.S. effort to support the World Health Organization and international partners to assist the governments of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in their efforts to contain the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa.

Approximately 60 members of  the 621st Contingency Response Wing, based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and the 688th Rapid Port Opening Element from Joint Base Langley-Eustis,Va., merged as a Joint Task Force-Port Opening and began assessment operations at Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, to evaluate the airfield infrastructure.
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JB MDL ushers in CISM World Wrestling Competition

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

A delegation of 225 athletes representing 24 countries converged on Griffith Field House to usher in the week-long CISM World Wrestling Competition Oct. 2, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The 29th iteration of the competition commenced with each country's delegation entering the arena followed by a brief introduction from the base commander.

"I'd like to formally welcome everyone to the United States as well as JB MDL," said Col. James Hodges, JB MDL and 87th Air Base Wing commander. "This is a gathering of some of the finest athletes and service members the world has to offer, coming together in the spirit of friendship and competition."
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Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations

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

October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government. In the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the "I am Air Force Energy" campaign to educate Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness.

The Service launched its month-long series of educational opportunities and activities with a letter to all Airmen from Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh and Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Cody. The leaders wrote, "Energy is a fundamental component of all Air Force operations. The smart use of energy means flying our aircraft farther, transporting more cargo and accomplishing our mission in a more efficient and effective way."
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MP Twins deploy to Kuwait

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


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JB MDL, community leaders join up for AF Community Partnership Program

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

Joint base and community leaders convened at the Education Center for the first Air Force Community Partnership Program meeting Sept. 23, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The purpose of the AFCPP is to leverage installation and local community capabilities and resources to identify and develop mutually beneficial partnerships to increase efficiency, retain or enhance quality and reduce operating and service costs or risks.

The participants broke up into several working groups to decide on partnering opportunities and identify the tools and next steps from implementation.
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SECNAV visits NAVAIR

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

Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, witnessed two dead load launches using the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System while visiting Naval Air Systems Command facilities at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Sept. 26, 2014.  Each launch was of a 51,000 pound dead load, launched at 165 knots, equivalent to a launch of an FA-18E from a carrier deck.

EMALS, a complete launch system designed for the Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) and future Ford-class aircraft carriers, will replace the steam catapult system which has been in use for more than 50 years. The system at Lakehurst is a full-scale shipboard representative test platform that includes the major software and hardware components currently being installed on the Gerald R. Ford.
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Navy signs EPA with Stevens Institute of Technology

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

U.S. Navy officials met with administrators from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J., to sign an Educational Partnership Agreement Sept. 24, 2014.

The agreement is intended to enhance the educational experience of students and faculty by providing both with an opportunity to work with expert engineers, unique facilities, and state-of-the-art equipment related to naval aviation at Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Lakehurst, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
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