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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

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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Pride Month celebrated at joint base with color run

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

Military members, dependents and civilians came together to participate in the first Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month color run June 18, 2014, here.

More than 100 people attended and participated in a 5K run or 3K walk while being doused with colored powder that represented the diversity of society when it comes to a person's sexual orientation.

"It makes us feel excited and proud to be a part of such a historical event for JB MDL and also grateful for the positive support of the JB MDL leadership," said Tech. Sgt. Erwynn Umali-Behrens, JB MDL Kish Airman Leadership School instructor and color run key note speaker. "It is important because it further helps the progression of unity and it truly shows us as united service members and family."
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NAWCAD Lakehurst earns Navy award for small business contracts

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

At a ceremony held at the Pentagon on June 13, the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) Lakehurst Contracts and Small Business Offices were the recipients of the 2013 Sarkis Tatigian Award for acquisition excellence in small business programs within the Department of the Navy.

According to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, Sean Stackley, "the Acquisition Excellence Awards were established to recognize and motivate individuals and organizations that have demonstrated excellent performance in the acquisition of products and services for the Department of Navy. Our winners represent the very best of professionalism, ingenuity and accomplishments amongst their peers - the 53,000 members of the Acquisition Workforce. Well Done!"
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Egg Harbor Township resident assumes command of largest NJ Air Guard Wing

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

Col. Robert A. Meyer, Jr., assumed command of the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, June 22 here.

After receiving a final salute from the 108th Wing's Airmen, outgoing commander, Brig. Gen. Kevin Keehn, handed the 108th Wing's unit colors to Brig. Gen. Robert Bolton, commander, New Jersey Air National Guard, who in turn presented it to Meyer during a Change of Command ceremony held at the Wing's hangar.

Bolton thanked Keehn for his past leadership of the 108th. "Job well done," said Bolton.
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Ordies arm Cobras at ITX

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June 19, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Cobra pilots have the pleasure of watching their rockets and hellfire missiles cruise through the sky and impact targets in the desert mountains.

For that, they can thank the ordnance Marines participating in the Integrated Training Exercise, who have spent their days loading and arming weapons on aircrafts.

"Ordnance guys pretty much are specifically for missiles, rockets, rounds, anything that has to do with that," said Cpl. Chris Webb, ordnance technician, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 773.
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CCAF graduates 350,000th student

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

It was a packed house at Tommy B's Community Activities Center as base leadership, families and service members gathered to welcome the newest graduates of the Spring 2014 Community College of the Air Force class at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, June 13, 2014.

Lt. Gen. David S. Fadok, commander and president of Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., addressed the 65 graduating Airmen and attendees, emphasizing the importance of the CCAF.

"We produce the future," said Fadok. "I want to thank all the families, friends, co-workers and leadership. It's because of your support these graduates were able to meet the challenges and earn their associate degree."
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JB MDL community sees stars

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June 5, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

The USO, Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst teamed up to offer an advanced screening of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" for military members, DoD cardholders and their families June 4, 2014, here.

The event allowed military families to view the new movie a week before public release as well as meet and question the two main characters, Jay Baruchel, voice of Hiccup, and America Ferrara, voice of Astrid, as well as Dean DeBlois, writer and director.
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JB MDL celebrates Midway victory anniversary

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June 5, 2014 in Fort Dix, Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey by clevine

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst hosted a ceremony for the community to commemorate the Battle of Midway's 72nd anniversary June 3, 2014, at the Flight Deck here.

The event focused on the Sailors, Marines and Army Air Corps members who sacrificed themselves to win the turning point battle for control of the pacific culminating in a victory against Japanese Forces.

"Today, we commemorate the battle of midway 72 years ago," said Navy Capt. Christopher Fletcher, JB MDL deputy commander. "We remember the sacrifice made by our Navy, Marine and Army Air Corps aviators whose efforts supported the battle."
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Language training courses now activated on MarineNet

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

Marine administrative message 231/14 announced the activation of an initial suite of language training courses on MarineNet as a part of the Regional, Culture and Language Familiarization Program. The language course is considered vital to the program.

The program ensures that Marine units are globally prepared and regionally focused so they are effective at navigating the culturally complex landscape while operating in the 21st Century.

The program is now operational for all 17 culture regions and is available for the ranks of O1 to O4, WO to CWO4 and E5. RCLF courses will be available for Marines in the ranks of E6-E7 by the summer of 2014. Courses for Marines in the ranks of CWO5, O5, and E8-E9 are still under development.
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JB MDL Spouses’ Club holds annual scholarship reception

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

Education and caring for the military family has always been a top priority for senior leaders in the Department of Defense and the same goes for members at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

The JB MDL Spouses' Club helped contribute to the same cause by hosting their annual scholarship reception, which took place May 27, 2014, here.

The organization honored eight military family members who the club chose to grant financial awards toward their pursuit of higher education.
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