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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

Commissaries to start ID scans

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

Commissaries will soon begin scanning customers' Department of Defense ID cards at checkouts as the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) continues its efforts to deliver a 21st century benefit.

The commissary at Fort Lee, Va., became the first store to scan ID cards on Oct. 22, 2013 as the first part of an agency-wide rollout to all stores that begins Nov. 10 and will be completed by mid-January.

Commissary shoppers are used to showing their ID cards to establish their eligibility to use the commissary. By scanning the ID at checkout, DeCA will no longer need to maintain any personal information on customers in its computer systems, such as the system used for customers who write checks.
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Air Force selects developer for commercial energy project at JB MDL

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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 will enter into negotiations with the Starwood Siemens team to lease real property at Joint Base McGuire-Dix- Lakehurst, N.J., for an energy-based enhanced use lease, or EUL.

The selection of a developer is a major step in making the proposed lease project a reality. Prior to selection, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, or AFCEC, facilitated a feasibility study that determined there was a significant return potential for commercial energy generation. The selection was made following an industry day, held earlier this year, and a published solicitation for prospective developers.
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Army ROTC cadets rise to challenge

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

Army ROTC cadets participated in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition Nov. 9, 2013 here.

More than 450 cadets from 42 universities across the Northeast gathered at Land Navigation Course #3, to tackle a course created to push the cadets to their limits and learn to work together.

"This course is designed to challenge the teams mentally and physically," said Sgt. 1st Class Glen Hapney, 2nd Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command noncommissioned officer in charge of operations. "These are all team events, so it gets the cadets to work together as a unit."
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Service members present colors at NFL game

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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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Pentagon acts to assist typhoon-stricken ally

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

The Defense Department immediately took action to begin helping the Philippine government recover from Super Typhoon Haiyan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said Nov. 12, 2013 here.

During a Pentagon news conference, Little explained the roles that DOD and other U.S. agencies are taking in humanitarian aid and disaster assistance in the Philippines.

"As soon as we received reports of the devastation wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, [Defense] Secretary [Chuck] Hagel immediately ordered all available U.S. forces to move to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to the Philippines. The Philippines is a treaty ally, and the United States stands by its friends and allies in times of crisis," Little said.
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Observer-coach/trainers learn to teach

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

Soldiers assigned to the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade, First Army Division East joined other Soldiers and civilians to participate in an Army Basic Instructor Course Nov. 8-18, 2013, here.

Before First Army Division East observer-coach/trainers can provide the most relevant, realistic training possible to Reserve Component forces, they must first receive training themselves.

"While remaining engaged in post-mobilization training and demobilization, we continue to expand support to our reserve component partners in pre-mobilization settings," said Col. John Lange, 72nd F.A. Bde. commander. "ABIC is a foundational course that impacts the ability of our observer-coach/trainers to meet the training goals set by First Army."
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First Army shares best practices with Korean army

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

A Republic of Korea army major recently visited two First Army Division East brigades Oct. 2-4, 2013, as part of a mobilization assessment to assist in the ROK's development of an operational reserve force.

The two First Army Division East brigades, the 174th Infantry and 72nd Field Artillery brigades, which are both at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst, N.J., were the third stop in the two-week visit for Maj. Ji Hwan Park, Third (ROK) Army mobilization training officer. He also visited the Army Reserve and the National Guard Bureau.
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Exchange keeps ‘thanks’ in Thanksgiving

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

With a quarter of its work force comprised of military family members, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a true example of family serving family. As such, the focus on Thanksgiving Day will be on family and shopping will have to wait until Friday.

Customers will not have to wait long to start their holiday shopping as Exchange doors open at 4 a.m. in the United States the day after Thanksgiving. Stores in the Pacific region will open at 7 a.m. while European Exchanges will welcome shoppers at 8 a.m.
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Everyone can contribute to stormwater pollution prevention

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Stormwater pollution is one of New Jersey's greatest threats to clean and plentiful water and that's why Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst residents are doing something about it.

The rain washes pollution from streets, parking lots and lawns into storm drains, where it travels directly to drinking-water supplies. It also enters the ocean and lakes that children play in. Fertilizer, oil, pesticides, detergents, pet waste, grass clippings ... you name it and it ends up in our water.

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Apprenticeship trade for MWD handlers on horizon

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Center for Security Forces (CENSECFOR) announced Nov. 1, 2013, the anticipated release of the first apprenticeship trade for military working dog handlers by year's end.

The proposed apprenticeship is currently under review by the Department of Labor, which is the final step in the approval process. Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsman will then be able to enroll and work towards earning this unique and specialized certification.

"This new apprenticeship will apply to personnel performing security and law enforcement duties that work with a MWD. Some of the duties a MWD handler performs include patrol, crowd control, security operations, explosive and drug detection and suspect apprehension," said Jose Bautista, CENSECFOR master-at-arms programs manager.
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Porters peek in Halloween goodies

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Army Reserve’s 99th RSC welcomes new general

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command welcomed its new commanding general during a change of command ceremony Nov. 3, 2013, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Maj. Gen. Margaret W. Boor assumed command of the 99th RSC following her previous assignment as the deputy director for Logistics Readiness, J4 (IMA), Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Washington D.C.

"The 99th has a very proud heritage, rich history, and there have been a lot of accomplishments, but no great organization continues to stay great without continuous improvement into the future to do those things we have to do to remain great," Boor said. "We in the 99th, as well as the other three Regional Support Commands, provide some significant and critical support to our fellow general-officer commands that are getting their Soldiers ready for the next operational mission and the next fight, whenever and wherever it may be."
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87th SFS cuts ribbon on new ECC

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The 87th Security Forces Squadron opened its new Emergency Communications Center during a ribbon-cutting ceremony Oct. 25, 2013, here.

The new facility consolidates all emergency, security, fire and medical communications into one centralized dispatch location for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

"You are looking at a joint venture made possible by spectacular team efforts by our civil engineer, contracting, communications and security brethren," said Lt. Col. Patrick Steen, 87th SFS commander. "This facility reduces security forces and fire dispatch functions from five separate control centers into one."
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JB MDL community members fit to fright

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Airmen prepare for Pumpkin Patrol

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November 8, 2013 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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