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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

Orrie returns to basic training

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February 28, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

As Chief Master Sgt. Louis D. Orrie, Command Chief for the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., exited the ramp of the C-17 Globemaster III, he was greeted by a shower of water and champagne from family and friends after his symbolic "fini-flight" marking the end of his aviation career Feb. 25, 2014.

"You know that one day you have to stop flying, that one day every aviator has to stop and hang up their helmet and flight-suit for one final time," said Orrie. "You never think about it and before you know it, there it is confronting you, staring you in the face and you can't avoid it."
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Army coaches help U.S. women make Olympic history

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

Two Olympic coaches from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program had an unofficial hand in Team USA earning two Olympic medals in women's bobsled competition Feb. 19 at the Sanki Sliding Center.

U.S. Olympic men's bobsled assistant coach U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program 1st Lt. Mike Kohn and Team USA Olympic skeleton coach Vermont Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Tuffield "Tuffy" Latour, a former U.S. and Canadian men's and women's bobsled coach, assisted Team USA silver medalists Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams and bronze medalists Aja Evans and Jamie Greubel.
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Infrastructure upgrades enhance joint base missions

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

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Air Force and New Jersey leaders officially opened the joint base's newest Command Post and Base Operations joint facility as well as a new dormitory with two ribbon-cutting ceremonies Feb. 24, 2014, here.

The JB MDL Command Post and several 305th OSS flights, including Weather, Intelligence and Airfield Management, will now be able to better provide mission support to the joint base and flying missions respectively with the facility upgrade.

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NAWCAD Lakehurst selects Federal Engineer of the Year Award winner

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February 25, 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 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., selected Andrew L. Imperiale as its agency winner for this year's Federal Engineer of the Year Award (FEYA), sponsored by the Professional Engineers in Government (PEG) interest group of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE).

Imperiale and 23 winners from other federal agencies were invited to attend the awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at the National Press Club in Washington.
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87th FSS vies for coveted Hennessy Award

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

The 87th Force Support Squadron's Food Service Team competed for the Hennessy Award, an Air Force-level food service award, during an evaluation Feb. 11-13, 2014, here.

The John L. Hennessy trophy is awarded to outstanding food service programs in multiple categories, including Region One which is the category the 87th FSS hopes to achieve through their implementation of rigorous standards.

"It's our third year to compete for the Hennessy award at the Air Force level and we have won once before," said 2nd Lt. Kaitlyn Clemens, 87th FSS Food Service officer from Sparta, N.J. "The steps we need to take to win are everything we should already accomplish on a regular basis as well as keeping our people up to speed."
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305th MXS PMEL assumes additional responsibilities

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

In an Air Force with a continually shrinking budget, the 305th Maintenance Squadron Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory is following suit with an initiative in which the unit will acquire an additional workload to consolidate resources within the Air Force PMEL network.

Reallocation of resources within the career field provides an outlet for PMELs to operate and successfully complete their missions in a more efficient manner, thus saving time and money in the face of ongoing fiscal restraints in the Air Force.
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Experienced Airmen wanted: Continue your career in the Reserve

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

Force management programs will push thousands of active-duty Airmen out of their jobs, but opportunities exist in the Air Force Reserve for Airmen who don't want to hang-up their uniforms for good.

"Force management will cost many Airmen their jobs, but not necessarily their careers," said Col. Steve Fulaytar, the Air Force Reserve's director of recruiting. "They can continue their service as Citizen Airmen."

Reserve service provides a benefits package highlighted by programs familiar to most Airmen such as tuition assistance, the Post 9-11 G.I. Bill and the opportunity to work toward a military retirement plan. Additionally, low-cost healthcare insurance is available to most reservists at significantly lower rates than comparable plans, and enlistment bonuses are available for some career fields at specific duty locations.
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DOD to mandate documentation for lost, stolen CAC cards

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

Later this year, the Defense Department will begin fully enforcing a previously optional policy regarding the reissuance of lost or stolen common access cards, a defense official said here today.

Sam Yousef, a program manager for identity and benefits policy at the Defense Human Resources Activity, discussed an update to the current CAC issuance policy during an interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel.

"Beginning in late March [or] early April of this year, we are going to begin fully enforcing current common access card policy, which will require individuals to bring supporting documentation if they have had their ID cards lost or stolen," he said. "If you have your card lost or stolen, you should work with your local security office or the individual sponsoring you for that ID card."
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JB MDL commander authorizes two-hour reporting delay for Feb. 13

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

Current as of 5:40 p.m., Feb. 12, the Joint Base Commander has determined that all non-essential personnel are authorized a two-hour delay, at this time. All personnel designated as mission, weather or emergency-essential personnel, as determined by mission partner commanders/directors, are required to report for duty tomorrow, Feb. 13.
Weather and road conditions will be reassessed by Joint Base Leadership at approximately 6 a.m. tomorrow to determine if any updates to the base status are necessary and all communication tools will be updated once a determination is made. As always, additional delays may be directed by mission partner commanders/directors due to road hazards and/or safety concerns.
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Soldiers plan opposing force

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

For a military force to be successful in their mission, they must receive proper training so they know how to react to an opposing force.

The OPFOR is an important training enhancer which allowed soldiers to see how the enemy may attack them during Warrior Exercise 2014 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 8 - 21, 2014.

"The injects to be implemented are passed down from First Army, then we decide which injects are to be implemented," said Capt. Catherine Hand, commander for Golf Company of the 3rd Support Battalion under the 78th Training Division in Horseheads, N.Y.
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Soldier manages time as full-time lawyer, participates in community activities

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Lt. Col. Gary Port, judge advocate general for the 78th Training Division AT Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., is a third-generation lawyer who has been around the law since childhood.

"My grandfather was a corporate lawyer and my father was more of a general practice lawyer," said Port. "Growing up around the law system led me to choose the same path."

Port went to school working on his law degree after high school. He first attended New York University to obtain his bachelor's degree.
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72nd F.A. Bde. Soldiers dive into CLS course

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Four 72nd Field Artillery Brigade Soldiers were among the 26 Soldiers who recently certified here as combat lifesavers after successfully completing a three-day combat lifesaver course taught by the 1-314th Infantry Battalion, 174th Infantry Brigade.


"Soldiers receive this type of training upon entering the military. Our goal is to refresh and build upon that knowledge in order to save lives," said Combat Lifesaver Course senior instructor, Sgt. 1st Class, Roger A. Trotman, 1-314th Battalion, 174th Inf. Bde."
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Can Do One flies 5,000 hours

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February 11, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Col. Richard E. Williamson Jr., commander, 305th Air Mobility Wing, earned the right to wear the coveted aviator's 5,000 hours flying patch Feb. 4, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Williamson completed the monumental milestone becoming one of the few active-duty wing commanders to log 5,000 flying hours. Col. Michael G. Rickard, 305th Operations Group commander who earned his 5,000 hours flying patch, presented the elusive 5,000 hours flying patch to Williamson, on behalf of Maj. Gen. Frederick H. Martin, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander.
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Make pledge to save

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

The Military and Family Support Center hosts several events throughout February in honor of this year's Military Saves Campaign, with a focus to "Build wealth, not debt."

"Military Saves is a social marketing campaign to encourage service members, [their] families and civilians to focus on savings," said Susan Endres, MFSC Military Saves coordinator. "Often, savings is an 'oh by the way' and we want savings to be an everyday part of your financial plan."

JB MDL members are encouraged to take the Military Saves Pledge that can be found at www.militarysaves.org. The pledge urges participants to set and keep financial goals and provides planning and debt reduction tips in a monthly e-newsletter.
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POW receives medal seven decades later

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

For former U.S. Army Air Force Staff Sgt. Kenneth E. Youst, the seven-decade long wait has ended, as Col. James C. Hodges, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and 87th Air Base Wing commander, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in the presence of family, friends and hospital staff presented the former Airman and Prisoner of War veteran, the POW Medal for services during World War II, Jan. 27, 2014, at the Schuylkill Center Nursing Home, Pottsville, Pa.

Youst was assigned to the 576th Squadron, 389th Bomber Group, 8th Air Force, based out of Hethel, England, aboard a B-24 Liberator bomber as an aerial gunner before his aircraft was forced to land in neutral Switzerland in March 18, 1944, after a bombing mission on Friedrichshafen, Germany.
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