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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

Sound retreat: Joint base comes together for ceremony

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October 4, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

In a resounding voice that echoed across the parade grounds, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Chris Brusich called to members of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

"Sound retreat."

His call was followed by a blast of cannon fire and the first strains of retreat played by the 78th Regional Support Command Army Band.

This marked the inaugural retreat ceremony for the joint base that incorporated groups of military members in formation from each of the five services represented on the base.
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Unemployment notice to federal employees

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October 3, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Federal employees facing temporary furloughs can only file unemployment
claims over the telephone. Special hours are available Saturday, Oct. 5,
2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Please call one of our Re-employment Call Centers at the following
numbers:

Freehold: (732) 761-2020
Union City: (201) 601-4100
Cumberland: (856) 507-2340

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JB MDL EM Airmen conduct chemical exercise downrange

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October 3, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Emergency Management Office conducted an exercise Sept. 20, 2013, aimed at further training their members on investigating and neutralizing a chemical threat.

The scenario was all-encompassing, starting with the report of a suspicious individual and ending with neutralizing the suspect's chemical laboratory. It involved a significant amount of chemical detection equipment and protective suits. On scene, EM personnel were graded on their response, documentation and removal of the threat from the area.
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305th APS Airman passes away

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October 3, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

An Airman stationed here died Sept. 28, 2013.

Airman 1st Class William Bissett, 21, was assigned to the 305th Aerial Port Squadron as an air transportation apprentice/cargo processing representative.

"The 305th APS Airmen in addition to all personnel at the joint base are deeply saddened by the death of Airman 1st Class Bissett," said Lt. Col. Bary Flack, 305th APS commander. "As we continue to mourn the loss of one of our valued teammates, we are continuing to provide care and support to all our Port Dawgs in addition to his family and friends. We will continue to keep the memory of Airman Bisset in our hearts."
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New EC commander feasts eyes on JB MDL

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October 3, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Maj. Gen. Frederick H. "Rick" Martin, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, toured Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2013, to familiarize himself with the 87th Air Base Wing and how the wing provides installation support to the entire joint base.

The general, who served as the 305th Air Mobility Wing and McGuire Air Force Base commander from October 2005 to October 2007, said he gained insight to plans and programs he hopes to facilitate to better serve and support the base's host wing and mission partners in turn.
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JB MDL braces as government shutdown begins

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October 3, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Joint base commanders, supervisors and Department of Defense civilian employees gathered at the Joint Base Theater on McGuire and the Flight Deck on Lakehurst to discuss the effects of the current government shutdown during town hall meetings Oct. 1, 2013, here.

The U.S. government shutdown as of 12:01 a.m., Oct. 1, due to a lack of an appropriations bill or continuing resolution that funds the federal government.

The joint base will continue to conduct missions in support of national security and public safety during the shutdown, but all other operations and activities will halt. Several base facilities such as the Auto Hobby Shop, Civilian Personnel Office, Community Activities Center, the Flight Deck, Youth Sports programs, administrative services for Family Child Care, the Dix official mail center and several of the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron's customer service functions are closed until further notice.
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“Due to the government shutdown, this website is not being updated.”

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October 1, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

"Due to the government shutdown, this website is not being updated."   For up-to-date Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst information, visit www.facebook.com/jbmdl or www.twitter.com/jointbasemdl.
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Navy-wide semiannual NFAAS update due

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September 26, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Navy has issued an order for all Navy personnel to verify or update their contact information in the Navy Family Accountability and Assessment System no later than Sept. 30, 2013.

NAVADMIN 237/13 requires all active-duty and Reserve Sailors and Department of the Navy civilian employees to log in to https://navyfamily.navy.mil to verify or update contact information for themselves and their dependents. Navy contractors outside the continental United States are also required to complete the assessment.
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MOS Det. 2 holds five courses at once

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September 26, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

With the right combination of people and places, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Mobility Operations School, Detachment 2, here, held five courses at the same time simultaneously.

The schoolhouse offers 17 different curriculums to support the Air Mobility Command mission, but they had never held more than four courses concurrently.

Airmen must come to the detachment before assuming a Mobility Air Forces Global Command and Control position.

The purpose of the school house, which was established Dec. 1, 2005, is to provide students with the skills and knowledge to be integrated into the air mobility enterprise.
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Exercise burns 480th MPC Soldiers

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September 26, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

"It's like the devil just peed on my face - that's how it feels," said Spc. Maria Rios, military police soldier with the Puerto Rico Army National Guard's 480th Military Police Company, after completing the oleoresin capsicum, or "OC," spray course during her mobilization training Sept. 9, 2013, here.

Observer-controller/trainers from 1st Army Division East's 174th Infantry Brigade, a unit made up of both active-duty and Reserve Soldiers, conduct training with mobilized service members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst not only on warrior tasks and drills, but also on their mission-specific duties. For the military police company, this includes being sprayed with OC, commonly referred to as "pepper spray."
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153rd MPC gets warm welcome

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September 26, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Delaware National Guard welcomed home 130 members of the 153rd Military Police Company returning from Afghanistan Sept. 18, 2013, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Maj. Gen. Francis D. Vavala, Delaware National Guard adjutant general, was on the tarmac with other senior leaders from the guard to welcome the company home.

"It is always a great day when we welcome our Soldiers home," said Vavala.

While in theater, the primary mission of the 153rd was to assist and train their Afghan counterparts in security operations. Typical training included setting up road-side checkpoints, securing building projects and conducting foot patrols.
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Command Master Chief, Command Senior Chief Program

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September 19, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Navy is seeking highly-motivated master chief and senior chief petty officers for the Command Master Chief and Command Senior Chief Program, officials said Sept. 13, 2013.

"Hands down, the most important role of a command master chief or command senior chief is to represent their Sailors in all matters Navy to the commanding officer," said Command Master Chief Petty Officer Brent Tidwell, CMC/CSC detailer, Navy Personnel Command. "As a command master chief or senior chief, you are the Sailors' voice and they look to you for answers during challenging times, and you must be ready."
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JB, BC SARC offices team up, take care of victims

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September 19, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst commander, deputy commanders and representatives from the JB MDL SARC office, visited The Burlington County Rape Care Center Sept. 10, 2013, in Moorestown, N.J., to create a professional relationship between the local and on-base SARC offices.

Sexual assault is about taking power away from the victim; sexual assault response professionals help the victim regain that lost power.

"Unfortunately sexual assault is still a big issue in both the military and civilian world," said Mary Kierstead, JB MDL sexual assault response coordinator.
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87th CS provides eye in sky

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September 19, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Active-shooter exercise tests readiness

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September 19, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Note: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst participated in an active shooter exercise. All portions of the annual exercise were simulated. There was no active shooter on the installation.

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst personnel participated in an active-shooter exercise Sept. 12, 2013, to evaluate the installation's emergency response procedures here.

The exercise tested the joint base's ability to respond to an active-shooter event, similar to the attack at the Washington Navy Yard Sept. 16, 2013.
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