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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

JB MDL Marines end Huey legacy

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

Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 Marines flew two UH-1N Huey helicopters for the last time in the squadron March 27, 2014, out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The ceremonious flight signified the retirement of the UH-1N model, which has been in service for more than 40 years and is being replaced by the UH-1Y Venom, or "Yankee" as HMLA-773's Marines know it.

The flight began at JB MDL where the crew travelled across New Jersey into New York. The crew followed the Hudson River to Stewart International Airport where they turned around and travelled to Philadelphia before landing for the last time at McGuire Field, where HMLA-773 Marines were waiting to celebrate the UH-1N's final flight.
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Army tightens personal appearance, tattoo policy

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

The number, size and placement of tattoos have been dialed back under revised Army Regulation 670-1, which governs the Army's grooming standards and proper wear of the uniform.

The revised regulation was published yesterday, along with Department of the Army Pamplet 670-1, outlining the new standards. Effective dates for the various changes can also be found in All Army Activity message, or ALARACT 082-2014.

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III addressed why the changes were made.
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Army seeks greater awareness for “Gold Star” wives

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

"It's heartbreaking to think of someone asking 'what a beautiful pin, where can I get one?'" said Gold Star Wife Donna Engeman.

"We need to ensure the nation--the world--recognizes what that pin really signifies," she continued.

April 5, 2014, has been designated by Congress as "Gold Star Wives Day." The intent is to publically recognize the sacrifices made by our service members in support of our nation.

Though the official designation of the Gold Star Wives Day is relatively new, the gold star has officially been recognized as a symbol of loss since 1918.
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Army Reserve chaplain celebrates three decades of service

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

It has been said that he who cannot endure the bad will not live to see the good.

Chap. (Col.) Mark Sachs has persevered through both the bad and the good during his nearly 32 years serving in the Army and army Reserve.

"That's quite a testament to his dedication and commitment to our country," said Maj. Gen. Margaret W. Boor, commanding general of the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command, during Sachs' retirement ceremony March 7 at the Fort Magruder Hotel and Conference Center in Williamsburg, Va.
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Vouchers offer advanced education for senior enlisted Sailors

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April 1, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Chief of Naval Personnel announced funding for the FY-14 Advanced Education Voucher program April 1, providing advanced education opportunities for top-performing chief, senior chief and master chief petty officers.

Announced by Naval Administrative Message 072/14, AEV provides financial assistance to selected senior enlisted personnel (E7-E9) to complete post-secondary, Navy-relevant degrees through off-duty education.

Master Chief Electronics Technician  Richard Simpson, enlisted education program coordinator at the Naval Education and Training Command, noted that this educational program is one of the most significant in the sea services, as the Navy invests in the future of enlisted leadership.
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18th Air Force commander visits JB MDL

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April 1, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Air Force Lt. Gen. Darren McDew, 18th Air Force commander, visited Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., to see firsthand how service members accomplish the mission March 26 and 27, 2014.

During the two-day visit, McDew had the opportunity to tour the joint base, attend an airman leadership school final retreat, host an 18th Air Force all-call and visit with Airmen and Sailors from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center and the 621st Contingency Response Wing and AMC's Test and Evaluation Squadron.
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PAX Terminal ramps up Space A services

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

The 305th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Terminal is set to initiate a new virtual roll call program in the coming weeks here.

Virtual roll call will allow military and family members to check in with Passenger Terminal for Space Available, or Space A, flights via phone as opposed to the traditional method, which is in person.

The Passenger Terminal coordinates space available flights on military aircraft for military members and their families.

"This new service will benefit our customers and our staff," said 1st Lt. Cody Dumont, 305th APS Passenger Service Flight commander. "The customers will benefit from the convenience of choosing the virtual roll call allowing them to plan accordingly depending on the seats released. Our staff will benefit from having free time that was previously spent conducting a physical roll call."
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Navy leaders call on Sailors to share emergency preparedness stories

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

Be an Emergency Preparedness Hero - Share Your Story; Ready Navy Calls for Pictures and Video Commander, Navy Installations Command's Ready Navy program issued an open invitation to the Navy community to submit your command's or office's best emergency preparedness story.

Please include any story with accompanying hazard photo and/or video of you conducting emergency drills or preparing for an emergency. Family drills are welcomed as well.

All submissions will be considered for posting to the Ready Navy website and Facebook page. Submissions should be e-mailed to readynavy@navy.mil.
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WWI to present: 78th Training Division celebrates its history

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

Winter's seemingly never ending grasp was put aside as patent leather shoes reflected dusk's last moments of respite during a balmy almost-Spring day when soldiers from the 78th Training Division escorted their guests into the banquet hall during the division's annual Dining Out, March 15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

More than 150 service members and family members raised their glasses in a toast to Soldiers of the 78th Training Division, past and present. The host for the evening was Brig. Gen. Bruce E. Hackett, commanding general of the 78th.
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Local community members help bring books to base

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March 25, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Members from several local and national organizations came together to donate approximately 13,000 children's books to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, March 19, 2014, at the Burlington County College campus in Mount Laurel, N.J.

BCC and First Book, a non-profit enterprise that provides books for free or low cost to qualifying demographics including military children, teamed up with the JB MDL Librar-E and Resource Commons Center staff to provide books for military children at the joint base.
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JB MDL Airman honored at Bergen County K-9 Veterans Day ceremony

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

A group of military working dog handlers from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., were invited to attend the second annual K-9 Veterans Day celebration March 14, 2014, at the Bergen County Law and Public Safety Institute in Mahwah, N.J.

The group, which is made up of eight handlers and four dogs, was in attendance to honor search and rescue, military and police working dogs for their dedication to their respective missions.

"The working dogs are truly amazing creatures," said Joel Trella, retired Bergen County Police chief. "If you ask any handler, they will tell you they don't see them as animals but as partners. You would do extraordinary things to protect your partner, and your partner, on a daily basis does, extraordinary things to protect you. It is hard to imagine this if you have never had the opportunity to do it, but once you have, it never leaves you."
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Coast Guard team supports EPA partners

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

The US Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team (AST) never has a "normal" mission and last week's deployment was no different. Though the team specializes in Hazardous Material and Oil Spill Response, their skill set is varied and often gets requests for other events. From March 11-13, the AST was called out to Angola, Indiana in support of US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 to provide medical monitoring assistance and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) for their annual Full Scale Exercise.
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Patriots make difference with pizza

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March 14, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Soldiers serve their country every day. But, a photo posted on March 3, 2014, on social media of an anonymous First Army Soldier giving pizza to the homeless highlighted this commitment at the community level.

The Soldier in the picture was Army Cpl. Derno McCary, observer-coach/trainer with the 2-312th Regiment, 174th Infantry Brigade. The image, which generated thousands of hits and hundreds of positive comments in a couple days, was taken by another observer-coach/trainer, Sgt. Richard Saenz, also with the 2-312th. The two volunteered their off-duty time on March 2 to hand out dozens of pizzas to the homeless in Camden, N.J.
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JB MDL Hockey Team extinguishes Philadelphia Fire Dept

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

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Hockey Team defeated the Philadelphia Fire Department Hockey Team 4-3 during the special non-season game March 6, 2014, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The game's purpose was to highlight the revival of the JB MDL ice hockey program, which returned this year after a three-year hiatus.

Navy Capt. Christopher Fletcher, JB MDL deputy commander, initiated the three-period game with a ceremonial puck drop which included the PFD and JB MDL team captains, Devon Richio and Air Force Staff Sgt. James Bevilacqua.
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VR-64 wins DOD award for family readiness

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

Department of Defense (DoD) officials presented the 2013 DoD Reserve Family Readiness Award to top units from each of the armed services during a ceremony at the Pentagon Hall of Heroes February 28.

The Reserve Family Readiness Award, established in 2000, recognizes one National Guard and Reserve unit from each of the seven Reserve components and the winners are those units with the best programs to support their military families.

Guest speaker, Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun delivered remarks on behalf of the top Navy unit; the "Condors" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VR) 64.
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