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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

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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JB MDL service members visit Super Bowl Blvd

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

More than 100 service members and their guests from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., attended the USAA Military VIP experience at the NFL House on Super Bowl Blvd. in Manhattan, N.Y., Feb. 1, 2014.

The attendees were invited to be part of the guest audience during the USAA Salute to Service SITREP, a televised interview with a few NFL celebrities, as part of the Super Bowl XLVIII festivities in New York City.

The service members and their guests of choice were provided with transportation to New York City, a catered lunch, meet-and-greet sessions with NFL celebrities, free tickets to ride the Super Bowl Toboggan and autographed photographs for all attendees.
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Snow requires JB MDL to implement safety measures

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February 4, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Anyone who has experienced a New Jersey winter should be familiar with the feeling of waking up in a warm bed before stepping out into the powdery white wonderland of snow which has been all too familiar this season. With that in mind, try to empathize with the service members here who wake up before everyone else, leave the comforting warmth, drive through the unplowed snow and work tirelessly to ensure others can travel safely to work, the fitness center or the commissary on base.

Weather conditions may prompt several Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., organizations to determine road and reporting conditions to ensure the safety of JB MDL community members. With the interagency cooperation comes an organized effort to provide the community with the best informed decision in the timeliest manner possible.
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Coast Guard National Strike Force supports Super Bowl XLVIII

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February 3, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The U.S. Coast Guard's National Strike Force, spearheaded by the Atlantic Strike Team of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., deployed as a part of a comprehensive port-security regime set up for protection and rapid-response operations during the events surrounding Super bowl XLVIII from Jan. 27, 2014, to Feb. 4, 2014, here.

The team partnered with other federal, state and local agencies to specifically ensure that they were prepared to offer the public the best support possible in the event of any hazardous material incident.
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Checklist: blow up stuff, save lives

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January 30, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

An elite group of highly trained service members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., start their day preparing and maintaining their equipment, for any alert call where the lives and property of others depend on their expertise.

The Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians from the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron began this challenging career attending the Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal, located at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

"The failure rate at the school is around 70 percent," said Airman 1st Class Austin Biskey, EOD apprentice, from Alexander, Minn., and EOD graduate of the class of November 2013.
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Wintery weather initiates snow removal efforts

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

Amid midday snowfall, crew chiefs of the 714th and 305th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons performed various tasks during snow removal efforts on the flightline here Jan. 25.

The three-member team worked primarily to install engine covers on KC-10 Extender aircraft to prevent snow from accumulating inside the engine.

During severe winter weather, safety measures are undertaken to preserve the engines of KC-10 Extender and C-17 aircraft by members of both the Reserve and active-duty aircraft maintenance squadrons here.
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Southern PAO in northern territory

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

Some Soldiers shoot to kill and others shoot to tell a story. Through photography, videos and news articles Soldiers of the 107th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment are storytellers. They are currently honing their skills during mobilization training at Joint Base, McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for their upcoming deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Maj. Reinaldo Montero, commander of the 107th, feels that this mobilization gives his Soldiers a chance to train in a way that they seldom do at the unit's home station in Saint Augustine, Fla.
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