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McGuire grew famous as the Air Force’s “Gateway to the East,” when its core mission became global mobility in 1945. In 1992, it became part of the newly reorganized Air Mobility Command. The 305th Air Mobility Wing served as the host wing from October 1994 to March 2009, when the newly activated 87th Air Base Wing assumed installation command. The 305th, along with the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 108th Air Wing (ANG) , 621st Contingency Response Wing, and the 514th Air Mobility Wing (AFRES), has supported every major type of air mobility mission over the past 15 years.

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McGuire Air Force Base News

Navy leaders call on Sailors to share emergency preparedness stories

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

Be an Emergency Preparedness Hero - Share Your Story; Ready Navy Calls for Pictures and Video Commander, Navy Installations Command's Ready Navy program issued an open invitation to the Navy community to submit your command's or office's best emergency preparedness story.

Please include any story with accompanying hazard photo and/or video of you conducting emergency drills or preparing for an emergency. Family drills are welcomed as well.

All submissions will be considered for posting to the Ready Navy website and Facebook page. Submissions should be e-mailed to readynavy@navy.mil.
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WWI to present: 78th Training Division celebrates its history

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

Winter's seemingly never ending grasp was put aside as patent leather shoes reflected dusk's last moments of respite during a balmy almost-Spring day when soldiers from the 78th Training Division escorted their guests into the banquet hall during the division's annual Dining Out, March 15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

More than 150 service members and family members raised their glasses in a toast to Soldiers of the 78th Training Division, past and present. The host for the evening was Brig. Gen. Bruce E. Hackett, commanding general of the 78th.
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Local community members help bring books to base

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

Members from several local and national organizations came together to donate approximately 13,000 children's books to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, March 19, 2014, at the Burlington County College campus in Mount Laurel, N.J.

BCC and First Book, a non-profit enterprise that provides books for free or low cost to qualifying demographics including military children, teamed up with the JB MDL Librar-E and Resource Commons Center staff to provide books for military children at the joint base.
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JB MDL Airman honored at Bergen County K-9 Veterans Day ceremony

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

A group of military working dog handlers from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., were invited to attend the second annual K-9 Veterans Day celebration March 14, 2014, at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, N.J.

The group, which is made up of eight handlers and four dogs, was in attendance to honor search and rescue, military and police working dogs for their dedication to their respective missions.

"The working dogs are truly amazing creatures," said Joel Trella, retired Bergen County Police chief. "If you ask any handler, they will tell you they don't see them as animals but as partners. You would do extraordinary things to protect your partner, and your partner, on a daily basis does, extraordinary things to protect you. It is hard to imagine this if you have never had the opportunity to do it, but once you have, it never leaves you."
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Coast Guard team supports EPA partners

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

The US Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team (AST) never has a "normal" mission and last week's deployment was no different. Though the team specializes in Hazardous Material and Oil Spill Response, their skill set is varied and often gets requests for other events. From March 11-13, the AST was called out to Angola, Indiana in support of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 to provide medical monitoring assistance and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) for their annual Full Scale Exercise.
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Patriots make difference with pizza

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

Soldiers serve their country every day. But, a photo posted on March 3, 2014, on social media of an anonymous First Army Soldier giving pizza to the homeless highlighted this commitment at the community level.

The Soldier in the picture was Army Cpl. Derno McCary, observer-coach/trainer with the 2-312th Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade. The image, which generated thousands of hits and hundreds of positive comments in a couple days, was taken by another observer-coach/trainer, Sgt. Richard Saenz, also with the 2-312th. The two volunteered their off-duty time on March 2 to hand out dozens of pizzas to the homeless in Camden, N.J.
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JB MDL Hockey Team extinguishes Philadelphia Fire Dept

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

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Hockey Team defeated the Philadelphia Fire Department Hockey Team 4-3 during the special non-season game March 6, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The game's purpose was to highlight the revival of the JB MDL ice hockey program, which returned this year after a three-year hiatus.

Navy Capt. Christopher Fletcher, JB MDL deputy commander, initiated the three-period game with a ceremonial puck drop which included the PFD and JB MDL team captains, Devon Richio and Air Force Staff Sgt. James Bevilacqua.
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VR-64 wins DOD award for family readiness

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

Department of Defense (DoD) officials presented the 2013 DoD Reserve Family Readiness Award to top units from each of the armed services during a ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes February 28.

The Reserve Family Readiness Award, established in 2000, recognizes one National Guard and Reserve unit from each of the seven Reserve components and the winners are those units with the best programs to support their military families.

Guest speaker, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun delivered remarks on behalf of the top Navy unit; the "Condors" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 64.
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NAVAIR commander visits JB MDL

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

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. - Vice Adm. David Dunaway, Commander of Naval Air Systems Command paid a visit to the workforce at NAVAIR Lakehurst at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Tuesday, March 11.

In his first visit in 2014, Dunaway spent an hour with the Lakehurst team at a Town Hall meeting in the base fitness center. Over 500 employees attended the meeting to hear the admiral discuss a number of wide ranging issues and take questions from the audience.
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CSTX wraps up, medical soldiers bring battlefield treatment

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

Operating in an austere environment, Army surgeons, doctors, nurses and technicians waited to treat a local national inside a combat support hospital injured as a result of an exploded improvised explosive device.

For the Army Reserve soldiers of the 9th Medical Brigade's 865th Combat Support Hospital, headquartered in Utica, N.Y., they were also expecting to have a village elder with protesters in their area who received bad information that these soldiers had water.

This was just a small part of the four-day run phase of the three-week long Global Medic exercise that wrapped up this week-a major part of the 78th Training Divisions Combat Support Training Exercise (CSTX) that prepares Army Reserves soldiers for deployments in a unit's ready year.
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2nd ARS inaugurates new Ops Center

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March 7, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 2nd Air Refueling Squadron held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate a completed project in which they remodeled and reorganized their Operations Center Feb. 24, 2014, here.

Members of the 2nd ARS teamed with the 305th Air Mobility Wing Innovation and Efficiency office, an agency dedicated to economize resources, to utilize new and existing space to optimize the squadron's outdated operations center.

"The 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron moved out of our building and left us with some extra space to utilize," said Air Force Capt. J.P. Joyce, 2nd ARS KC-10 Extender pilot and New York City native. "We combined that and the existing Ops Center to create accommodations for all of our needs."
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Army Reserve soldiers train to beat band

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March 7, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Soldiers from the Army Reserve's 319th Army Band honed their unique skills during the past two weeks as part of the Army Reserve's joint combat support training exercise here.

During the CSTX, these warrior-citizens orchestrated a symphony of technical skills blended with tactical proficiency that was designed to result in a ready and resilient unit that would be music to any commander's ears.

"In addition to being able to do our musical performances, this is giving us the opportunity to see the tactical part, which would be identical to our mission if we were deployed," explained Chief Warrant Officer Luis Santiago, commander of the 319th Army Band, which is stationed at Fort Totten, N.Y.
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Soldiers horse around at CSTX

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

Soldiers from the 78th Training Division, 424th Multi-functional Medical Battalion and 422nd Medical Detachment Veterinary Services participated in a pre-deployment training scenario at Forgotten Angels Equine Rescue Feb. 27, 2014, in Medford, N.J.

The training scenario, Operation Mr. Ed, was part of the field training portion of the 78th Training Division's Combat Support Training Exercise and involved soldiers, horses, donkeys and mules, and aimed at preparing the soldiers for handling large livestock in a foreign village during stability operations.
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Combat Paper New Jersey lets vets vent

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

Veterans from the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., area gathered to participate in Combat Paper New Jersey. Feb. 24-28, 2014, here.

Combat Paper New Jersey. is a week-long work shop that is open to all veterans and offers them a comfortable environment to shred uniforms, make paper, share stories and then put those stories onto the paper, whether painted or written.

"We deconstruct the uniform, thereby deconstructing the experiences associated with it, and reconstruct it into a new experience on the resulting paper," said David Keefe, CPNJ director. "The program is open for interpretation by the participants. Ultimately, the process helps them deconstruct and reclaim their military experiences."
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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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