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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

HMLA-773 ‘Red Dogs: mission accomplished’

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December 6, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Marines and Sailors from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst N.J. Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773, recently returned from an overseas deployment highlighting a successful mission with NATO and African forces.

From Aug. 19 through Nov. 17, 2013, 33 Marines and Sailors from three of HMLA-773's detachments deployed with two UH-1N Hueys, from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst along with 62 Marines from Second Assault Amphibian Battalion from Camp Lejeune, N.C.

"This was the first time U.S. armed forces deployed on a Dutch ship and my first time deploying in non-combat role," said U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Charles Watkins, HMLA-773 pilot and security cooperation task force officer in charge for African Partnership Station 13.
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AMC begins “SAFE-n-SOUND All Year Round”

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November 27, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Air Mobility Command did not lose any Airmen during the holiday period last year.

To prepare for the upcoming holiday season, AMC has released the "SAFE-n-SOUND, All Year Round" Campaign to run from Nov. 22 through Jan. 25, 2014.

"It is imperative we do all we can to help our Airmen make educated risk management decisions that impact their safety both on and off duty," said Sydney J. Hughes, AMC Ground Safety division chief.

The most common mishaps during this time of year are slips and falls due to icy conditions. The most serious involve motor vehicle operations. Driving too fast for conditions, drinking and driving, fatigue and distractions are common casual factors.
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Lakehurst IDATS laboratory hosts second annual open house

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November 27, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Integrated Diagnostics and Automated Test Systems Laboratory hosted its second annual Open House at its facility Nov. 15, 2013, at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division here.

The second annual open house served as a platform for attendees to tour the lab facility, meet the lab's principal investigators, view technology demonstrations and learn about the lab's latest advancements and research efforts in support of naval avionics diagnostics.

Open house attendees had the opportunity to see the IDATS Lab's research and development efforts up close and personal. The Smart Connector organizational level tester and the net-centric MX-12345/USM Diagnostics Avionics Tester for F -18 Hornet electro-optic pods were two of the most notable demonstrations of the day.
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Leaders welcome troops home

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November 27, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Drill sergeants bring ‘Army strong’ to World’s Toughest Mudder

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November 27, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

When the Army Reserve's 3rd Battalion, 385th Regiment was tasked to provide drill sergeants to support the World's Toughest Mudder event here Nov. 15-17, 2013, they were asked to offer "kinder and gentler" motivation to event competitors.

But whether high fiving a Tough Mudder participant or making an Army recruit crawl five meters through the mud, the mission of these drill sergeants remains unchanged: to help young men and women push themselves past their limits in order to build physical strength and stamina, increase self confidence and self worth and foster mental and emotional resiliency.
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305th Airmen, aircraft walk the walk

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

Eighteen enormous grey aircraft marched down the runway nose-to-tail in a single-file line reminiscent of the formation's namesake, the elephant.

The formation, affectionately known as an "Elephant Walk" was part of a training exercise held here Nov. 21, 2013, involving 12 KC-10 Extenders and six C-17 Globemaster IIIs from the 305th Air Mobility Wing. The exercise enabled aircrew, maintainers, command post and operational support personnel to test their ability to launch a mass amount of aircraft in support of real-world operations.
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32nd ARS hails new commander

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November 22, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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PII violators will have AFNET accounts locked

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November 22, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Individuals who inappropriately store and transmit Personally Identifiable Information over the Air Force Network, or AFNET, will now have their accounts locked in response to violations.

"We are taking several steps to improve notification and reporting of PII incidents," said General William L. Shelton, Air Force Space Command commander. "My intent is to increase awareness within the Air Force as part of my responsibility to ensure the security and defense of the AFNET and its users. PII violations create both a personal and operational risk for all of us."
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Partnership means faster airport screens for service members

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November 22, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Defense Department and Transportation Security Administration officials today announced a partnership to expand "TSA Precheck" expedited screening benefits to all U.S. armed forces service members, including those serving in the Coast Guard, Reserves and National Guard, during their official or leisure travel.

As a result of the agreement, these individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of the program at the 100 participating airports across the country beginning Dec. 20, 2013, officials said.
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Simodejka Awards presented to NAWCAD logisticians

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November 22, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 13th annual Simodejka Award ceremony was held via video-teleconference to Patuxent River, Md., and Whidbey Island, Wash., Nov. 13, 2013, here.

Marking the thirteenth year of a special award, the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division logistics community took time to remember the legacy of Michael G. Simodejka, the man primarily responsible for logistics establishment as a major force within NAWCAD.

Pat Simodejka, Michael Simodejka's wife, spoke of her appreciation for the award and how it helps to keep the memory of her husband alive within the logistics community. She referenced her own experience with process improvement and commended the award winners for their commitment to always working to make things better.
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LRC fills void, provides valuable knowledge to Soldiers

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November 22, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Army Sustainment Command, Logistics Readiness Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., provided Rough Terrain Container Handler and forklift operator refresher training to Soldiers from the 1011th Quartermaster Company in early October 2013 here.

The LRC was contacted to provide Soldiers the required operator refresher training before deploying. Personnel from the LRC Supply and Maintenance Division jumped into action by developing a training program to fit the unique needs of these mobilizing soldiers.
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174th Inf. Bde. builds resiliency as team

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November 21, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

"Resiliency is learned; it is nurtured, strengthened and shared," said Army Maj. Glenvil Gregory, 174th Infantry Brigade chaplain, during a brigade spiritual resiliency workshop this month.

In line with the Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign, integrating resilience training as a key part of professional development throughout a Soldier's career aims to improve performance to deal with the rigors and challenges of a demanding profession.

"Being new to the brigade, it was a chance to interact on a spiritual level with the members of the brigade," said Sgt. 1st Class Betty Jeanniton, 174th Inf. Bde. senior human resources specialist. "And that no matter what you may be facing in life, there are people who are there to assist you, guide you, and listen to you."
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Expeditionary Center bids farewell to MWD course

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November 20, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Nov. 14, 2013, marked the final farewell for the military working dog courses at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, as the school graduated eight students from the 14-1 course.

The 18-day MWD Base Security Operations course and the longer 45-day MWD Area Security Operations course provided MWD teams and kennel masters with just-in-time expeditionary skills training prior to theater operations.

Since 1996, the 421st Combat Training Squadron of the EC has graduated more than 800 total students, military members and their canine companions from MWD training programs.
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Run for veterans past, present

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November 14, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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AF activates accountability system in response to Philippine crisis

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November 14, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Air Force has activated the Air Force Personnel Accountability and Assessment System to monitor the status and location of all personnel and dependents who may be affected by the category 5 typhoon, Haiyan, which hit the Philippines Nov. 8, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Nov. 13, 2013.

The activation is a local event for total force Airmen who are in the affected area or who have dependent family members in the affected area. Affected Airmen are required to log in to the AFPAAS system at https://afpaas.af.mil and account for themselves and their family members. While in the AFPAAS system, members should complete a short needs assessment survey to inform officials if they need assistance.
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