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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

HAWC teaches ‘eat clean, train mean to get lean’

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

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Health and Wellness Center kicked off its forefront campaign, the New Year's Resolution Eight-Week Weight Loss Challenge, to keep community members on track with their New Year's resolutions Jan. 19, 2014, here.

The program synergizes existing and new programs to provide military members and their families with knowledge, tools, support and motivation to change long-term health goals.

Participants weigh in at the beginning of the eight-week challenge to gauge their progress throughout the duration of the event. Each week the HAWC will host a lunch-and-learn event with topics including weight-loss fundamentals, nutrition and exercise, which will help participants lose weight and lead a healthier lifestyle as well as help service members stay fit for duty.
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JB MDL ‘digs out’ after snowstorm

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January 24, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Mobility Airmen exercise global response

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January 24, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Hundreds of total force mobility Airmen joined their U.S. Army counterparts to exercise the rapid introduction of forces into hostile environments during exercise Global Response Expeditor here Jan. 6-16.

The exercise brings together forces of United States Transportation Command and the Air Force's Air Mobility Command, alongside elements of the XVIII Airborne Corps to respond as part of the military's Global Response Force.

The GRF is a dedicated joint force able to deploy on short notice anywhere in the world by land, air, or sea to conduct contingency or humanitarian operations in a hostile environment.
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Obama calls military sexual assaults ‘profound injustice’

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January 23, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

President Barack Obama today addressed what he called the "profound injustice" of sexual assaults in the military.

During a White House Council on Women and Girls event in the East Room, the president reaffirmed his administration's commitment to preventing sexual violence in America.

With Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other Cabinet members on hand, the president noted the effects of sexual violence on American society, including the military

"When a member of our military is assaulted by the very people he or she trusted and serves with, or when they leave the military, voluntarily or involuntarily, because they were raped, that's a profound injustice that no one who volunteers to defend America should ever have to endure," he said.
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Saving life beyond call of duty

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January 23, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

A Navy chief, assigned to Center for Security Forces Detachment Chesapeake, will undergo a bone marrow aspiration procedure Jan. 28, in a selfless act to reach out and save the life of someone in dire need.

The C.W. Bill Young Department of Defense (DoD) Marrow Donor Program, also known as Salute to Life, was established in 1991. The program is designed to work exclusively with DoD personnel in managing bone marrow and stem cell donations.

The program has successfully coordinated more than 6,000 donations. It also has more than 800-thousand people who have joined the registry through the program - people who stand ready and willing to help save the life of someone in need.
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Wing historian records 380th AEW challenges, accomplishments

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January 23, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing historian prides herself on being able to document how Airmen have faced daunting challenges, come together and overcome them.

Aungelic Nelson talked about one such challenge: a severe rain storm, which caused flooding throughout the base this past fall.

Nelson, who taught history at Georgia Military College prior to being hired by the Air Force, recorded the collective efforts of 380 AEW personnel who filled hundreds of sandbags in support of the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron.
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AF uniform policy update: welcome back morale t-shirts, badges and limitless athletic shoes

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January 21, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Air Force updated the policy governing uniform wear Jan. 17, with a goal of not financially burdening Airmen.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark. A. Welsh III approved several updates to Air Force Instruction 36-2903, Air Force Dress and Appearance, with many of the changes coming directly from Airmen.

During the past year, Welsh prompted Airmen to make their voice heard through the Every Dollar Counts campaign, held last spring, and suggestions made directly to him during base visits or comments to the uniform survey board itself.
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JB MDL Tax Center prepares to open shop

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January 21, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Tax Center is set to open for business Feb. 3, 2014, here.

The tax center staff provides free tax assistance to active-duty service members ranked E-5 or below, retirees and military dependents.

Active-duty service members and dependents have priority at the Tax Center; retirees and dependents will be seen on a space-available basis.

Attorneys and volunteers will provide assistance filing current and prior-year individual income tax returns throughout the year, according to Air Force Instruction 51-504.
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Patriot brigade pays respects to MLK

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January 21, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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STEM outreach volunteers answer call to mentor FIRST robotics teams

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January 16, 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 engineers Dr. James Hing and Matthew DeFelice will spend countless evening and weekend hours over the next two months mentoring two high school FIRST Robotics teams, in hopes of again going to the World Championship competition. FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is a national organization with a mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders. It is designed to engage them in exciting mentor-based programs that foster well-rounded life capabilities to include problem solving, self-confidence and communication.
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Homeward Bound Campaign welcomes service members home

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January 15, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Service members and their families continually make sacrifices. Multiple deployments, long training exercises and constant states of readiness can add to the stress of not just being a service member, but a spouse or family member as well.

In 2014, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is joining military communities around the world to celebrate the homecoming of America's brave warfighters by hosting a yearlong "Homeward Bound" campaign to honor those who serve.

"We understand the hardships and sacrifices military families go through," said the Exchange's Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. "2014 will be a year to celebrate the return of so many. The 'Homeward Bound' campaign is our way of saying 'thank you' to service members, and their families, for everything they have done and continue to do."
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NFL brings Huddle Tour to JB MDL

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

The New York and New Jersey Super Bowl Host Committee partnered with the NFL to bring a portion of the "Join the Huddle" Tour to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Jan. 12-13, 2014, at the Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron (HMH) 772 Hangar and Lakehurst Commissary here.

The event provided the joint base community an inside look into the upcoming Super Bowl XLVIII, with exclusive opportunities from the NFL to display gratitude to service members and their families.

"My four kids and I had a great time playing all the fun games here," said Air Force Staff Sgt. Lenard Melad, 32nd Air Refueling Squadron flight engineer. "I'm trying to get them more into football and this helped."
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Army Reserve Training Complex opens for business

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

Dozens of military service members and civilians celebrated the opening of the new Mission Training Complex here during a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Jan. 12.

The event was hosted by Brig. Gen. John H. H. Turner III, commanding general of the Army Reserve's Atlantic Division, 75th Training Command (Mission Command).

The MTC will serve as the hub for the Atlantic Division's constructive and virtual training by providing state-of-the-art simulation systems capable of replicating the data-driven environment found on the modern battlefield, as well as by providing real-time, dynamic scenarios that respond to the actions of the training audience.
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AF finalizing details for two officer force management programs

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

Details for implementation of two fiscal 2014 officer force management programs announced in December are being finalized to allow Air Force officials to release eligibility criteria, Air Force Personnel Center officials said today.

Details regarding the reduction in force board, coupled with voluntary separation pay, and the force shaping board are expected to be released within the next two weeks, said Col. Joe Atkins, the AFPC operations division chief.

"We understand that because the programs were addressed in a Dec. 11 news story, many potentially eligible officers are waiting for the details so that they can make some critical career decisions," Atkins said. "Air Staff and AFPC experts are working aggressively to refine the eligibility criteria and provide accurate information as quickly as possible. This still allows an eligible officer a three-month window to apply for voluntary separation programs."
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JB MDL mission partners sweep snow

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

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst mission partners rallied to clear the snow following a winter storm Jan. 2, 2014, here.

The agencies, including the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron Snow Team, 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance, 305th Operational Support Squadron Weather Flight and 305th Maintenance Group, coordinated all aspects from forecasting through removal and everything in between to keep the base's missions running despite the approximate 8 inches of snow the storm left scattered on the roads and airfield.
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