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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

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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JB MDL celebrates National Nurses’ Week

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

Nursing, as defined by Merriam-Webster, is the job of taking care of people who are sick, injured or old. According to a December 2013 honesty and ethics in professions Gallup poll, the nursing profession was rated the highest when it comes to honesty and ethics. The nursing profession is recognized and celebrated May 6-12 every year. The theme of this year for National Nurses' Week is Nurses Leading the Way. The history of the Army, Navy and Air Force nurse corps is replete with examples of exceptional nurses "leading the way" through caring and selfless service, expert mentorship and exceptional and dynamic leadership. JB MDL will celebrate National Nurses' Week with a number of activities 5-9 May in collaboration with our Army, Navy, Air Force and civilian registered nurses, licensed nurse practitioners, medical techs and combat medics.
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Retreat sounds at JB MDL

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


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AMC seeks 2014 Air Force Marathon participants

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

The 18th annual United States Air Force Marathon will be held Sept. 20, 2014, at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Air Mobility Command will again sponsor an active-duty team comprised of both male and female runners representing various age groups to compete in the full and half marathon.

Interested teams should submit an Air Force Form 303 through myPers or with their local fitness center by May 15. Those selected will be placed on permissive temporary duty status as authorized by AFI 36-3003, Military Leave Program. Individual travel, registration fee and lodging will be reimbursed.
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JB MDL Marines team with National Guard

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April 29, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine


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Army Reserve Best Warriors tackle urban combat event

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

When Sgt. Christopher Meyer and his team of fellow Army Reserve Soldiers tactically entered the ramshackle village, they were met with smoke, explosions and simulated small-arms fire.

This Military Operations on Urban Terrain event was just one challenge Meyer and his fellow competitors must face as part of the Best Warrior Competition being hosted by the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command and 76th Operational Response Command this week at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
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Service members polish JB MDL

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April 24, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Service members across Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., participated in the Joint Base Beautification Day April 22, 2014, and are slated to hold another May 20 here.

The Beautification day coincides with Earth Day and allows service members to improve the base's appearance.

The 87th Civil Engineer Squadron headed the initiative by providing the resources for service members to maintain and improve their work centers and surrounding areas.

"Today is about pride in ownership of the joint base," said Maj. Christopher Wedewer, 87th CES Operations Flight commander who hails from Alpharetta, Ga. "It's imperative that we maintain the infrastructure and appearance of the base in general and especially with the approaching Open House and Air Show. The whole community will have eyes on our installation and we want to show them how we are sustaining our resources."
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Army Reserve suicide-prevention expert serves on HBO panel

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April 23, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command participated in a screening of the new HBO documentary, "Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1," April 15 at HBO headquarters in New York City.

Dr. Paul Wade, suicide prevention program manager for the 99th RSC, served on a panel of suicide-prevention experts following the 40-minute documentary's premiere.

"Our effort in the 99th is trying to bridge that gap (between a Reserve Soldier's civilian and military life) and reach out to those soldiers to let them know that we're a resource that they can tap into," explained Wade, a former senior master sergeant in the Air Force. "What we do is create what we call Suicide Safer Communities where we're all looking out for one another."
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