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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

South Orange resident to return from yearlong mobilization

This post was originally published by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst - News

September 2, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Lt. Steve Mannion will return to South Orange, N.J., Aug. 31, 2014, upon completing a one-year mobilization with the U.S. Coast Guard.

Mannion was activated to supervise the pre-deployment warrior training of 257 Coast Guardsmen, whom have deployed to Afghanistan, Bahrain, and Kuwait in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Mannion traveled over 260 days from home between Camp LeJeune, N.C., Base Portsmouth, Va., and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for this assignment.

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Soldiers to take Military Workplace Survey

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

Soldiers asked to participate in a workplace survey over the next couple of weeks should take a few minutes to complete it, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno.

"This volunteer survey is short, and it is important," Odierno said in a letter to Soldiers selected to participate in the RAND study.

"This survey is critical to the Army's efforts to monitor its performance over time, and to develop policies that improve the safety of our Soldiers," he said.

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NJSBA rule change benefits military spouses

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

A volunteer attorney in the 87th Air Base Wing Legal Office recently went in front of the New Jersey Supreme Court to adapt the New Jersey Rules of Court to help military spouses in the judicial field.

The Military Spouse Juris Doctorate Network asked Mary Acevedo to represent the New Jersey State Bar Association in order to pass a rule which will permit military spouses in New Jersey to work as attorneys without taking the state's bar examination.

Acevedo, who is also chair of the Military Law and Veterans Affairs of New Jersey, achieved in advancing the rule to becoming a finalized amendment.
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Civilian leaders receive oath, become honorary commanders

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

More than 90 honorary commanders from the surrounding community were inducted into the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst extended family during a ceremony at the Timmermann Center here Aug. 20, 2014.

The community leaders serve a year-long term in their roles as the base's newest and returning honorary commanders.

The honorary commander program was created to provide military commanders with a means to effectively educate participants on the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines missions of the joint base. It also encourages communication between the surrounding communities and commanders by showcasing the joint base's capabilities, future leaders and the caliber of men and women serving at JB MDL.
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Airmen sharpen skills during Eagle Flag 14-3, 14-4

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

For the second time this year, the 621st Contingency Response Wing (CRW) completed Eagle Flag at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station here, Aug. 11-22.

More than 200 621 CRW Airmen and 47 Soldiers from the 689th Rapid Port Opening Element (RPOE) from Joint Base Langley-Eustis,Va., participated in the two-week long exercise that tested their ability to work along-side each other as a Joint Task Force-Port Opening (JTF-PO) team. The JTF-PO specializes in establishing hubs for cargo distribution operations worldwide, to include remote or damaged locations, on short notice.
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Deputy Chief of Logistics visits JB MDL

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


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Fiscal year 14 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Enlisted Retention Survey

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

Marine administrative message 409/14 announces the fiscal year 2014 Selected Marine Corps Reserve Enlisted Retention Survey. This survey allows Reserve Marines the opportunity to communicate to senior leaders their views regarding their experience and possible future service in the Marine Corps Reserve. The SMCR has provided more than twelve years of sustained operational support to the total force in Iraq, Afghanistan and areas around the globe. This survey will provide valuable feedback to senior leaders regarding the key factors that influence Reserve component Marines' career decisions.
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Service members receive RAND military workplace survey

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

About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.

Active and reserve component members in all military branches and the Coast Guard are being invited to participate.

"The survey is unprecedented in its scale and will influence policies that affect everyone in the services," defense officials said.

The survey is voluntary and confidential. No one at DOD will ever see how an individual service member responds, officials stressed.
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New Army PT uniforms result of Soldier feedback

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

A new Army Physical Fitness Uniform will become available service-wide, beginning in October next year.

Its design is based on Soldier feedback, said Col. Robert Mortlock, program manager, Soldier Protection and Individual Equipment, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

There's a three-year phase-in program and the cost will be about $3 less than the current IPFU, or Improved Physical Fitness Uniform, he said.

The Army Physical Fitness Uniform, or APFU, program was actually initiated because of Soldier feedback. A February 2012 Army Knowledge Online survey of some 76,000 Soldiers found that Soldiers had issues with the IPFU, he said. They liked its durability but believed the IPFU's textiles had not kept pace with commercially-available workout clothes. They also had concerns with other things, particularly modesty issues with the shorts, especially in events like sit-ups. Those concerns were expressed by males as well as females.
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POW Medal presentation

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August 19, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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CHIEFchat: ACAs and the future Enlisted Performance Reports

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August 19, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Cody addressed the Airman Comprehensive Assessment, or ACA, how it influences enlisted performance reports, and how those reports will affect future promotions during his latest CHIEFchat at the Defense Media Activity, here.

"Its important people get ready for this idea of how we're going to have performance assessment influence promotion recommendations," Cody said. "Today you have a performance assessment that in essence is your promotion recommendation."
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Joint base members mentor college students

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August 13, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Librar-E and Resource Commons recently created a college student-mentoring program that will begin for the 2014 fall semester at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The Volunteer Academic Mentoring Program is JB MDL's newest community support program which allows military personnel, spouses, DoD civlians, contractors and college students to volunteer their time and subject expertise to mentor college students.

The Librar-E staff created the VAMP program upon receiving an unusually high number of tutoring requests from community members. Without the resources and number of tutors necessary, they decided to make use of the untapped knowledge in our community.
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Catholic Air Force Chaplain Nominated for Induction to Alma Mater’s Athletic Hall of Fame

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August 13, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Maj. Timothy J. Hirten, Joint BAse McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), has been nominated for induction to the "Baron Hall of Fame" at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (FUS), where he was a star basketball player in the 1970's. Father Hirten will be inducted at the FUS's 2014 Hall of Fame Awards on Sunday, August 31, in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center in a 2:00 p.m. (EDST) awards ceremony.
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Catholic Air Force Chaplain Nominated for Induction to Alma Mater’s Athletic Hall of Fame

This post was originally published by Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst - News

August 13, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Maj. Timothy J. Hirten, Joint BAse McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. with endorsement and faculties from the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS), has been nominated for induction to the "Baron Hall of Fame" at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio (FUS), where he was a star basketball player in the 1970's. Father Hirten will be inducted at the FUS's 2014 Hall of Fame Awards on Sunday, August 31, in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery of the J.C. Williams Center in a 2:00 p.m. (EDST) awards ceremony.
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New York National Guard troops depart for Afghanistan mission

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

Twenty-five New York Army National Guard Soldiers from New York City, assigned to the 37th Finance Detachment, have left the U.S. as the unit deploys to Afghanistan this week.

The Soldiers, based at the Lexington Avenue Armory in Manhattan, mobilized May 27 after completing their two-week annual training and completed pre-deployment training over the last 30 days at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The detachment is part of the New York Army National Guard's 27th Finance Company.
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