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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

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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JB-MDL combat lifesaver obstacle course gives chemical, finance Soldiers realistic training

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

As part of their pre-deployment training, 16 Army reservists and National Guardsmen from various units throughout the Northeast put their Army first-aid skills to the test during a practical exercise at a local combat obstacle course that culminated a four day Combat Lifesaver Course April 1, 2014, here.

The exercise tested the Soldiers' ability to render Tactical Combat Casualty Care to a wounded Soldier and then evacuate the victim from the area. The Soldiers had to navigate their casualty through several obstacles including over a six-foot wall and under and through barbed wire barriers while being assaulted by simulated automatic weapon gunfire.
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Advisory team supports multinational exercise in Cameroon

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

Members from the 621st Contingency Response Wing participated in exercise Central Accord 14, at Air Base 101, Douala, Cameroon, Mar. 10-21.

Eleven 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron air advisors participated in the exercise, which involved nine nations. The team focused their efforts on familiarizing the Cameroon Air Force with skills for fixed wing airdrop and aerial port operations and to aid in future interoperability requirements between the U.S., African nations, and intra-Africa regional partners.
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NJ Congressmen, Army break ground on future site of R&D hangar

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

Congressmen, U.S. Army senior executive service members and other military officials gathered at the Joint Base's Lakehurst section for a ceremonial groundbreaking at the site of a future Army research and development aircraft hangar April 11.

New Jersey fourth district Congressman Chris Smith and third district Congressman Jon Runyan joined leaders from the Army's research and development community and the Army Corps of Engineers for a symbolic "first dig" at the hangar site slated for completion January 2016. The Research, Development and Engineering Command's communications-electronics center, or RDECOM CERDEC, hosted the event.
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Local Army Reserve Soldier set to participate in Best Warrior Competition

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

Several Army Reserve Soldiers are scheduled to participate in this year's Best Warrior Competition co-hosted by the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command and 76th Operational Response Command.

Sgt. Kathleen Shetley, a Soldier with the Army Reserve's 380th Army Band headquartered in Richmond, Va., is set to compete in the weeklong competition April 21-25 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

"The Best Warrior Competition is a chance for me to not only represent my unit, but it is an opportunity for me to truly see what I am made out of as a Soldier," explained the 24-year-old Virginia Beach, Va., native. "Through this competition, I hope to not only see how well I can perform Soldier tasks, but also discover the areas of training that I need to improve on so that I can be a better Soldier."
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