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Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Joint base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is the Department of Defense’s only tri-service joint base. With over 80 mission partners, the base is the true definition of a total force platform, enabling global mobility, training and education and innovation capabilities across air, land, sea and cyber domains.

Located 18 miles southeast of Trenton, the joint base, which officially stood up on Oct. 1, 2009, consists of 42,000 contiguous acres spanning more than 20 miles east to west. It is bordered by two of the largest counties in New Jersey, Ocean and Burlington, which include 10 townships and boroughs.

More than 42,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and their family members live and work on and around the base, making it the second largest employer in the state with a $6.9 billion economic impact.

The joint base is home to many DOD missions to include: the 99th Regional Support Command; U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, Naval Air Systems Command; 108th Wing; 87th Air Base Wing; 2nd Brigade, 75th Division; Marine Aircraft Group 49; 77th Sustainment Brigade; 78th Training Brigade; 174 Combined Arms Training Brigade; 305th Air Mobility Wing; 514th Air Mobility Wing; 621st Contingency Response Wing; Army Support Activity-For Dix; U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Research and Development Center; Federal Correctional Institute; U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team; and Naval Operational Support Center.

Active-duty, reservists and guardsmen ensure total force integration by training and supporting installation operations, and preserving our country’s homeland defense, while sustaining global contingency operations.

Together, they make-up America’s premier joint war fighting base – uniquely capable of projecting air, land and sea power in support of our nation’s defense.

The base maintains a positive relationship with the local communities through its outreach programs, such as the Honorary Commanders program, which positively impacts community and base interaction by building and strengthening community relationships. Also, the Community Outreach Volunteer Experience (COVE) provides a platform for personnel of the Joint Base to share their military experiences with the local community.

Installation management support for the joint base is provided by the host unit, the 87th Air Base Wing. The wing provides support for approximately 4,000 facilities with an approximate value of $9.5 billion in physical infrastructure.

Overview of missions

Air Force
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is an Air Mobility Center of Excellence projecting every mobility mission except air drops from the joint base.

The capabilities residing at the joint base extend total force global air mobility through the movement of troops and cargo in its C-17 Globemaster III, KC-10 Extender and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft from the 305th Air Mobility Wing, 514th Air Mobility Wing and 108th Wing.

JB MDL is also home to the 621st Contingency Response Wing, which is highly-specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain and coordinate air mobility operations.

The USAF Expeditionary Center is the Air Force’s Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education.

The 87th Air Base Wing is the host unit for the joint base and provides expeditionary combat support to Airmen and Sailors in support of worldwide combat and humanitarian operations. It also provides all installation management functions across the joint base.

The joint base is also home to a C-17 Weapons School and the sole AMC Test and Evaluation Squadron.

JB MDL is one of four U.S. Army power projection platforms, conducting both institutional and mobilization training.

Since the start of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom, the Army has mobilized more than 120,000 service members through the mobilization training center located at JB MDL.

The 99th Regional Support command, which is headquartered at the joint base, provides operations support to all Army Reserve soldiers, units, facilities and equipment for Reserve units in the Northeast Region of the United States.

The 174 Combined Arms Training Brigade executes the training and validation process, preparing service members to deploy, fight and win.

The Army Support Activity – For Dix supports the facilities and services that enable the training, mobilization, deployment and redeployment of reserve, active and interagency personnel.

The joint base is also home to an Army ROTC Brigade, a Recruiting Battalion and the Army Communications and Electronics Research and Development Center.

The U.S. Navy conducts advanced research and development programs at JB MDL in support of air platform operations worldwide.

The joint base is home to the Naval Air Systems Command, which provides a critical link between worldwide Naval Aviation and Navy aircraft carrier battle group. It is the Navy’s engineering support activity for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment and is responsible for maintaining fleet support and infusing modern technology across the entire spectrum of equipment needed to launch, land and maintain aircraft from ships at sea.

The research and development of full-scale aircraft carrier catapult and arresting gear are conducted on one of the joint base’s active runways. In addition, three active test tracks for aircraft landing simulations, hangars, advanced engineering laboratories, training facilities and a complex of manufacturing and prototyping facilities call JB MDL home.

JB MDL is the development site for the next generation of aircraft carrier launch facilities. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System land based test site is the only fully-capable side for testing future aircraft launch systems to operate from aircraft carriers.

Coast Guard
The U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team is a part of the National Strike Force (NSF), which provides highly trained, experienced personnel and specialized equipment to Coast Guard and other federal agencies to facilitate preparedness for and response to oil and hazardous substance pollution incidents in order to protect public health and the environment. The NSF’s area of responsibility covers all Coast Guard Districts and Federal Response Regions.

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