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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 Parade of Wreaths honors the fallen

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

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst observed Memorial Day with the annual Parade of Wreaths ceremony in cooperation with the Thomas B. McGuire Foundation and the New Jersey State Police May 22, 2014, at Tommy B's Community Activities Center here.

Event participants from military and police organizations laid wreathes to commemorate all service members and police personnel who have given their lives to preserve freedom, while observing Memorial Day and National Police.

Each wreath was created by a different organization with wreathes for all five service branches, N.J. State Police, local businesses, professional organizations and more.
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Army Reserve honors its fallen during memorial ceremony

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

Several thousand New Jersey residents and visitors began their Memorial Day weekend not with a backyard barbecue or day at the beach, but instead by paying tribute to fallen service men and women during a ceremony May 24 at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery here.

The official party for the event included New Jersey Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, U.S. Congressman Jon Runyan, representative for New Jersey's 3rd Congressional District, Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, and Raymond Zawacki, New Jersey deputy commissioner for veterans affairs.
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AMC IG deems 108th Wing highly effective

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

Col. Robert A. Meyer Jr., 108th Wing Commander, announced the Air Mobility Command Inspector General team's inspection results this morning to a packed hangar. Airmen from every squadron, flight and shop were there to hear the results of the Wing-wide Unit Effectiveness Inspection, which began on May 14 and ended May 18.

"I am not going to keep everybody in suspense any longer. The bottom line is the 108th is deemed highly effective."

"We are the only unit, not only in the active component, but the reserve component as well, to get this grade," said Meyer. "It is due entirely to the hard work and effort by this team out here. We should all be very proud of ourselves."
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JB MDL reaches 20,000 Facebook fans

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May 22, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst official Facebook page reached another milestone May 17, 2014, by reaching 20,000 fans.

The JB MDL Facebook page officially launched July 27, 2010, and has earned recognition as one of the top Facebook pages in Air Mobility Command and one of the largest wing pages in the Air Force.

"The goal has always been to provide the JB MDL community with a quick resource for news and information regarding the base issues and activities," said Angel Lopez, JB MDL Public Affairs Office chief.
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JB MDL Librar-E earns federal award

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

The Federal Library and Information Network (FEDLINK) recognized the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Librar-E and Resource Commons in the category of small library and information center of the year May 13, 2014, at the Library of Congress in Washington.

FEDLINK chose the LRC out of 2,000 candidates to award the library and permanently display its name in the Library of Congress citing the high-quality of information and materials available, innovation and efficiency provided to the joint base community as well as interagency cooperation.
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Joint base community honors Hindenburg victims

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

Hundreds of spectators from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and the local community gathered at the Hindenburg Memorial here to remember the men and women involved in the tragic accident of the Hindenburg airship 77 years ago during a ceremony May 6, 2014.

The annual event is hosted by the Navy Lakehurst Historical Society to commemorate the 36 passengers, air and ground crew members who lost their lives in the crash May 6, 1937.

"We need to remember who was on board, those manning the ground and all those who were witnesses that day," said Navy Chaplain Lt. Brett Sabella, 87th Air Base Wing chaplain. "In these moments of tragedy, one might ask why, but there may not be an answer to that. But, what we do know is that through tragedy comes hope. Let us never forget the lives that were lost that day."
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New housing allowance procedures for Reserve Component Marines

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

Marine administrative message 235/14 announces that Reserve Marines called to active duty in support of contingency operations or activated for reasons other than training are now eligible for basic allowance for housing or overseas housing allowance during their tour.

The MARADMIN explains a Reserve Marine with or without dependents is eligible for BAH or OHA.

According to the MARADMIN, if a Reserve Marine receives permanent change of station orders authorizing a household goods transportation, their BAH or OHA is based on the new permanent duty station. However, if the Marine is called or ordered to active duty and a PCS order is not issued, the BAH or OHA rate is based on the primary residence location, reflected as the Marine's mailing address. A Reserve Marine can only have one primary residence at any given time.
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Employers gain insight into Reserve-component capabilities

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

Nearly two-dozen civilian employers of military service members participated in the New Jersey Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve's annual Seven Seals Boss Lift event May 14-15, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The two-day event was intended to give employers a chance to learn about the military's capabilities and gain a greater appreciation of what their employees' military service entails.

"We're very glad for your support of the National Guard and Army Reserve, and all the things that you do as an employer to allow our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to be able to fulfill their Reserve responsibilities," said Maj. Gen. Margaret W. Boor, commanding general of the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command and senior Army mission commander on Joint Base MDL.
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Spring advancement quotas released for active duty and FTS petty officers

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

More than 20,000 Sailors will advance to E4, E5, and E6 with the release of the spring petty officer advancement results later this week.

Overall opportunity for active duty Sailors decreased by 4.3 percent, from 27.71 percent to 23.41 percent as numbers continue to move closer to the ten-year average, following a spike in 2012.

"We continue to see excellent enlisted retention, resulting in a slight decrease in this cycle's advancement numbers," said Vice Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel. "Our goal is to man the Fleet with Sailors who have the right skills and experience-strong retention means we are holding on to highly-qualified and experienced Sailors."
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Yankees arrive at HMLA-773, JB MDL

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

The Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773 Detachment B "Red Dogs" received their first UH-1Y, or Yankee as the Marines know it, utility helicopter April 25, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The new model Huey replaced the UH-1N after approximately 50 years of service to provide the Marines with increased capabilities to accomplish the array of close air support missions they carry out.

The engines were upgraded and paired with the most noticeable upgrade, two four-blade rotors, to provide greater speed and more lift capabilities than its predecessor. Its increased capabilities equate to more time in the air, more Marines and ammunition on the aircraft and quicker response time.
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NJ Army Guard begins historic first Albanian Officer Candidate School

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

When you're the first person to accomplish a goal, most folks remember it. Twenty-four officers and enlisted members of the Republic of Albania Armed Forces stepped forward on May 9, 2014, to be the first from their country to complete a National Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS).

The OCS program is being conducted by the New Jersey Army National Guard at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., over the next 12 weeks. It is the first time a state's National Guard will train foreign military officer candidates as part of the State Partnership Program (SPP).
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Children learn value of science during Army Reserve event

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

More than 50 military children took part in the Bring Your Child to Work Day event hosted by Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command April 25, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The children had a chance to learn about their parents' occupations, what the 99th RSC and other Army Reserve units do on a daily basis, and what it's like to serve in the military.

"The reason behind these events is to help get our military children together and to allow them time to be with other kids who face the same issues such as deployments or (moving to a new duty location) or various other military issues," explained Sue Costain, a contractor with Odyssey-TCI who serves as the school services specialist for the 99th RSC Child, Youth and School Services.
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Joint Base Open House and Air Show demonstrates ‘America’s Strength’

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

Visitors from New Jersey and surrounding states gathered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., for the 2014 Open House and Air Show May 10-11.

The Open House and Air Show exceeded attendance expectations with more than 300,000 spectators throughout the two-day event.

"It's amazing to see all of our planning come to fruition," said Lt Col Phil Lynch, Open House director. "It's been an honor to work with the tremendous team that put together this event which highlights todays military and showcases how JB MDL demonstrates America's strength each day."
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Soldiers prepare to bring the Army to the Air Show

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May 9, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Representatives and planners from the 72nd Field Artillery Brigade and 174th Infantry Brigade completed their final walk-thru in preparation for the 2014 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Air Show, to be held here May 9-10.

"The time we spent planning for our role in the Air Show has been invaluable," said Capt. James Alsfelder, a 2-315th Field Artillery team chief. "We have worked very hard. As a result, we've had quality training and strengthened our relationship with the members of the Joint Base community."
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Photo Essay: Extender Maintenance

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May 8, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Fuel systems Airmen from the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform aerial refueling in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The aerial refueling capability of the KC-10 Extender allows other aircraft to remain in battle spaces for prolonged duration sorties. The Extender Aircraft Maintenance Unit is comprised of more than 130 maintainers from Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The Airmen are tasked with the responsibility of providing safe and reliable aircraft to fulfill the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing's mission.
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