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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

Reservists supplement aerial port workload at military’s Europe hub

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

Although "sticks in a bundle are unbreakable" isn't an Air Force core value, this Kenyan proverb hits the bull's-eye on exceptional teamwork playing an indispensable role in fulfilling the mission.

To optimize mission success, more than 30 Reservists from McChord Field's 446th Airlift Wing in Washington, made the 11-hour excursion here, July 12 to complete their annual training.

About 20 of the citizen airmen are from the wing's 36th Aerial Port Squadron (APS), whose sole purpose is to progress in tasks they can't normally accomplish during drill weekends.
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DoD Official Provides Consumer Tips on Avoiding Scammers

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

Service members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, the deputy director of the Pentagon's office of family policy and children and youth said.

In an interview with DoD News, Navy Cmdr. Peter Hoegel noted that July 16 is Military Consumer Protection Day.

Today's observance is part of the long-term Financial Readiness Campaign, in which DoD, the Federal Trade Commission and many other organizations highlight efforts to protect service members and their families.
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Camp Dix: 95 years of Army heritage

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

On the morning of June 1, 1917, Capt. George W. Mulheron and a group of 19 soldiers from Company C of the Twenty Sixth New Jersey Engineers arrived in the village of Wrightstown, N. J. Welcomed with thunder, lightning and rain, the pioneering soldiers were armed with the mission to establish a camp dedicated to training U.S. Army Soldiers for "The Great War". Inclusive of men from New Jersey, Delaware and northern New York, the training camp was to be created according to official standards and specifications, and built with accumulated knowledge of current engineering science. Maj. Harry C. Williams with Fifteenth Artillery supervised the work as the Constructing Quartermaster for the War Department.
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New Jersey Guard hosts unique OCS for Albanians

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July 16, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Twenty-four Albanian Soldiers are currently in New Jersey training at a first-of-its-kind officer candidate school conducted by the Army National Guard.

It's the first time Albanian non-commissioned officers have been given the opportunity to become officers and the first officer candidate school, known as OCS, the National Guard has conducted for foreign troops on American soil.

The OCS program, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, was established under New Jersey's State Partnership Program, or SPP, with Albania. New Jersey Guardsmen have been training with Albanian troops for more than 20 years under SPP. Overall, the SPP pairs different National Guard commands with 65 countries around the globe.
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305th AMW welcomes new ‘Can Do’ commander

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

The 305th Air Mobility Wing commander passed the reins in a change of command ceremony July 11, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Service members and community partners gathered to watch Col. John F. Price Jr. assume command from Col. Richard Williamson, Jr., with a ceremonious passing of the unit guidon.
 
"Colonel Price's challenge begins today," said Maj. Gen. Barbara Faulkenberry, 18th Air Force vice commander and the ceremony's presiding officer.
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Joint base welcomes 25K for Independence Day

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July 10, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

More than 25,000 revelers braved threatening weather to enjoy food, fun and fireworks at this year's Independence Day Open House held July 4, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and were rewarded with mild weather and clear skies.

Doughboy Field swarmed with Fourth of July partygoers playing football, eating funnel cake and enjoying other traditional activities soon after the base's gates opened at 5 p.m., allowing local community members access to base for the celebration.

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Kardashians attend shower for military moms

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July 10, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

"Keeping up with the Kardashians" stars Kim, Kourtney and Khloé gave back to the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst community during an Operation Shower event in which 64 new mothers were given gifts to celebrate their children's births.

The shower was held July 7, 2014, to support military families who are expecting children or have recently had children and to help with the financial burdens of a new child. Each mother took home a new crib, rocker seat, air purifier, complete bottle set, box of diapers, toys, blankets, clothes and a $100 gift card.
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Airmen officially become U.S. citizens on Independence Day aboard naval vessel

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

Three active-duty Airmen stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst took their oath of allegiance to the USA during a naturalization ceremony July 4, 2014, aboard USS New Jersey in Camden, N.J.

Airmen 1st Class Eric Re Guerrero, Bonelnelson Rosset Bouangalolo and Belinda Wilson from JB MDL were three of 38 attendees who became official U.S. citizens on Independence Day.

"It was a really great reminder of how amazing and welcoming this country is and I really wanted the ability to vote and right to call myself American," Rosset Bouangalolo said, 87th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineer apprentice and Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, native.
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2014 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior takes only the best

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

Only the best can hack it. Only 42 of the best made it here for the 2014 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition.

"All Soldiers must be able to shoot, move and communicate. If you think about the Best Warrior Competition, what are we doing here? Basic soldiering skills," said Command Sgt. Maj. Luther Thomas Jr., the U.S. Army Reserve command sergeant major. "But when you're on the battlefield, just the basic soldiering skills - shoot, move and communicate - could be the difference between mission success and mission failure, or life and death. So this is an awesome opportunity for Soldiers to practice basic soldiering skills."
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UFC Fit Tour comes to joint base

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

The Ultimate Fighting Championship Fit Tour and fitness workshop recently made a stop at JB MDL, which brought with it Carlos Condit, a UFC fighter, and Mike Dolce, a UFC Fit coach, to speak with base residents June 25, 2014, at the Risner Fitness Center.

The Air Force Reserve sponsors the fitness workshop to promote health and fitness throughout the Air Force and the military as a whole.

"We're here to not only help the military with health and fitness, but to also focus on goal setting and motivation," Dolce said. "It's not just enough to know the techniques necessary, but to get down to the deeper levels of psychology and help them to actually apply them."
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Fireworks Safety Urged on July Fourth

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

Shooting-off fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission study issued June 26.

In 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks, the CPSC study said. This represents an increase from 8,700 injuries in 2012. Sixty-five percent, or 7,400, of the injuries in 2013 occurred in the 30 days surrounding July 4, 2013.

Fireworks malfunctions and improper use are associated with the most injuries, according to the study, which is based on the review of fireworks incident reports from hospital emergency rooms, death certificate files, news clippings and other sources.
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Emergency responders work together to alleviate gas line break

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

Emergency responders from the 87th Civil Engineer Squadron and 87th Security Forces Squadron responded to a gas line break June 25, 2014, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

The gas line was hit during routine maintenance but was quickly defused by first responders.

For precautionary measures, a cordon was established and a building within the area was evacuated as the gas line was shut off.

Because the location of the break was near a heavily used traffic circle, security forces speedily created and alternate route to allow the base populous to safely move about from the McGuire side to the Dix portion of the joint base.
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JB MDL Airmen, Marines honor World War II, Korean War veterans

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

Service members from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., joined a crowd of families, friends, community members and volunteers as they welcomed more than 150 World War II and Korean War veterans upon their return from visiting the nation's capital, June 21, 2014, at St. Kevin's Church, Springfield, Pa.

The veterans participated in the Honor Flight Philadelphia program which escorted them, at no cost to the veteran, to Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia, and then to Washington, D.C., to personally view the memorials which are dedicated to their service and sacrifice.
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Ribbon cutting marks ‘storefront’ medical presence for 514th AMW

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

Members of the 514th Air Mobility Wing Medical Squadron and the 514th Aerospace Medicine Squadron have a new place to call home thanks to a joint effort between them and the 87th Medical Group at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The combined collaborative effort culminated in a ribbon cutting of a new 1,780 square foot command suite, May 4, 2014, in building 3458. The suite consolidates command sections of the WMS and AMS. Previously, the sections had been spread throughout the facility and other buildings.
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JB MDL daughter raises money for cancer research

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

It takes a village, or in this case, a base to raise a child.

When the 12-year-old daughter of Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Kress was diagnosed with lymphoma in October 2013, her village came to her aid. Kaitlin  "Katie" Kress and her family received an outpouring of support from the military community, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and from the myriad service members her family has come to know during her mother's 21-year career in the Air Force.

"When you are in the military, that's your extended family," said Kress, Katie's mother. "During a time of need we are always there to support one another in any way we can.
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