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How Do I Get Information On Base?

Joint Base Public Website

The official website of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is the ­community’s main source of useful information. Consistently updated,it acts as your one-stop-shop for news, photos, current events, unit ­information and helpful links.


If bad weather is approaching, an exercise is kicking off or an important community meeting has been scheduled, find out about it first on the official JB MDL Facebook page. With thousands of followers already, don’t be the last to get the latest information!


Our Twitter page is another great avenue to get information fast on current events and activities around Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. When big events are happening on base and there’s information you need to know, look to Twitter to get the latest news.

Air, Land & Sea e-Times

Have the Air, Land & Sea Times sent directly to your email. This version of the base publication still provides the articles and photos you’ll find in the hardcopy edition, but in an easy-to-read digital layout.

Email: to sign-up for the Air, Land & Sea e-times.

Installation Updates

Looking for information on joint base events, happenings and issues? The
joint base host’s a monthly Installation Update at 10 a.m. the first Wednesday of every month in the Joint Base Theater (see map for exact location). The Installation Update is open to the entire joint base community — to include military, civilian, contractors, spouses and retirees.

My Base Guide App

This smartphone application gathers all key information, phone numbers and serves as a critical means to push information out to the joint base ­community in an easy-to-use product. Even if you’re not by a computer, you can still find out what’s happening on JB MDL as long as you have your smartphone. Download the “MyBaseGuide” application today.

Joint Base Information Lines

The Joint Base Information Lines provide you with an accurate status update of the installation in regard to base delays, closings and what ­personnel are authorized to report. Call 754-BASE for McGuire and Dix and 323-SNOW for Lakehurst.

1650 AM Radio

If power goes out and you’re only left with a radio with batteries or you’re driving in your car and need to know the base status and weather alerts, tune into 1650 AM to hear the latest news affecting the joint base.

Base Guide

Along with this publication, you can also find the digital version online at There is also an application you can download to your smartphone and find military-friendly business listings located around the joint base. Learn about and find out the contact information of the different organizations and units located on the joint base.

Spouse Newcomer’s Orientation Tour

Learn about the resources available, the locations of important organizations and everything you need to know about the joint base at the Newcomer’s Orientation Tour. The tours are held on the third Thursday of the month. Call the Military and Family Support Center at 754-3154 to reserve your spot.

Where to Live On Base

Housing Management Office (609) 754-3662

JB MDL has more than 2,100 family housing units.

Upon receipt of permanent change of station orders, you must report to the Housing Management Office at your current duty ­station and complete an Advance Application for Military Housing (DD Form 1746). The housing office will then forward your application and a copy of your reassignment orders to McGuire, and you will receive a status of housing availability (DD Form 1747) from the housing office staff. The base housing companies are United Communities and Balfour Beatty.

Single pregnant members, within 30 days of delivery, may submit an application with a
physician’s statement confirming pregnancy and a memo from their first sergeant requesting the member be housed.

Family housing effective date is the first day of the month prior to the member’s arrival. Applications for housing must be received before the first day of your reporting month.

For more information on family housing application and waiting list procedures, visit the Housing Management Office at 3700 Circle Drive or call (609) 754-3662.

Housing Referral

Upon arrival at JB MDL, be certain to visit the Housing Management Office. A housing referral specialist will provide personalized housing availability listings and relocation assistance.

United Communities

(609) 732-4290

United Communities LLC, the 2008 and 2010 PHMA Outstanding Privatized Housing Installation Team Award Winners, ensures military families reside in the highest quality homes, and be provided superior management services.

Factors such as shortened commute time, savings in gas, utilities included, on-site 24-hour maintenance staff and various other amenities, make living on base with us the best bet for housing while stationed at JB MDL. Centrally located within New Jersey, JB MDL is a short car ride from many major attractions. Whether it’s Atlantic City, Six Flags Great Adventure, New York, or even Philadelphia, a home on base puts members in the middle of it all.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10a.m. to 4p.m.

Balfour Beatty Communities

(732) 408-1651

Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC, is a subsidiary of Balfour Beatty Capital Group, Inc. which specializes in partnering with government entities and high-performing public sector firms. Under the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, Balfour Beatty Communities is responsible for the management of military housing projects for the DOD, which allows the DOD to focus on its core mission.

At Balfour Beatty Communities, the real competitive advantage is the focus on people. They develop housing that architecturally relates to the surrounding communities and the ­environment. They pay close attention to details, amenities and provide strong customer service as they create a sense of community through planned social events. With many armed forces personnel deployed around the world, it is our core mission to work every day to ensure their families are well taken care of, so they may live in housing that feels like home. In short, their first priority is the well-being of military ­members and their families.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8a.m. to 5 p.m.

Renting in the Community

Variable housing allowance rates reflect this fact. Rentals very close to the base are scarce. Most rental properties are within a 20- to
45-minute commute.

You should expect to pay, on average, $750 a month for an unfurnished one-bedroom apartment, $950 a month for a two-bedroom apartment, and ­three-bedroom apartments are rare in New Jersey. For a single family home, expect to pay on average $1,000 to $2,500 a month for an unfurnished three-bedroom, and $1,800 or more a month for a ­four-bedroom home. Renters are generally responsible for all utilities. Deposits for electricity, gas and telephone may be waived if you participate in the Utility Deposit Waiver Program. Contact Housing Management Office staff for more details on this program.

Most landlords require a security deposit equal to a month or a month-and-a-half rent and the first month’s rent in advance. Save approximately $1,500 to $2,500 to cover move-in costs. Lease lengths are usually no less than six months, but can vary from three months to an average of 12 months. Month-to-month leases are very costly and extremely hard to find.

Buying in the Community

Many homes are available for sale in the JBMDL area. Prices depend on location. Most military families purchase homes in the Burlington and Ocean County area. Property taxes average from about $2,500 a year or more, depending upon the location in the counties.

Automated Housing Referral Network

The Automated Housing Referral ­Network program is sponsored by the Department of Defense and all service branches to assist military members and their families in locating available housing at their duty station. is the preferred and trusted housing referral resource for U.S. military members and their families around the world.

AHRN provides military members with access to information on available housing from anywhere in the world 24/7/365, allowing them to start the home finding process as soon as they receive their orders.

For landlords and property managers,AHRN is a direct marketing resource to promote available rental units to military ­membersworldwide who need housing at their duty station.

Military housing offices worldwide use AHRN.comas their resource to assist military members and their families in finding housing at their new duty station.


School Liaison Services

(609) 562-6271/3160

School liaisons are available to assist military members and their families with transitioning their children into one of the many school districtssurrounding the installation. School liaisons interface with school officials to overcome any challenges of military children transitioning into their school district. They also meet individually with parents of military children to ensure ­parents new to the area understand state and local school district requirements.

Public Schools

Families residing in Falcon Courts North, East, Grove Park, Holly Crest, Laurel Hill or Garden Terrace have the choice of attending school in North Hanover Township School District (PreK-8) followed by Northern Burlington Regional Middle and High School (6-12) OR Pemberton Township School District (PreK-12). Families living on Lakehurst or in Pinehurst Estates will attend school in Lakehurst School District (K-8) followed by Manchester Township High School (9-12). Students who reside in surrounding communities attend school in the community in which they live. Information regarding the various options is available at the Military and Family Support Center.

School District Contact Information

North Hanover:

Northern Burlington Regional:

Pemberton Township:

Lakehurst Elementary School:

Manchester Township High School:

Special Education

Parents of children who will require more than a very routine special education curriculum should call the Military and Family Support Center or the school district’s special education department.

Private Schools

There are approximately 35 private schools Christian, Episcopal, Lutheran, Quaker (Friends),
Roman Catholic, Seven-Day Adventist, etc. For detailed information, contact the Military and Family Support Center.

Elementary Schools

North Hanover Township Elementary Schools

Discovery School (Grade PreK-Kindergarten)
2 School Road (Falcon Courts North)
JBMDL, NJ 08641

Atlantis Elementary School (Grades 1-2)
3 School Road (Falcon Courts North)
JBMDL, NJ 08641

CB Lamb School (Grades 3-4)
46 Schoolhouse Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562

Upper Elementary School (Grades 5-6)
351 Monmouth Road
Wrightstown, NJ 08562

Pemberton Township Elementary Schools

Fort Dix Elementary
(609) 893-8141
1199 Fort Dix-Juliustown Road
JB MDL, NJ 08640
Grades Pre-kindergarten through 5th

Lakehurst Elementary School
(732) 657-5741
301 Union Ave.
Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Pre-K through 8th

Middle Schools

Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School

(609) 298-3900
180 Mansfield Road East
Columbus, NJ 08022
Grades 7th through 8th

Helen Fort/Newcomb Middle School

(609) 893-8141, ext. 3000
101 Fort Dix Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Grades 6th through 8th

High Schools

Northern Burlington County Regional High School

(609) 298-3900
160 Mansfield Road East
Columbus, NJ 08022
Grades 9th through 12th

Pemberton Township High School

(609) 893-8141, ext. 2000
148 Arney’s Mount Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068
Grades 9th through 12th

Manchester Township High School

(732) 657-2121
101 S. Colonial Drive
Manchester Township, NJ 08759
Grades 9th through 12th

Child Development Centers

JB MDL has one Child Development Center located on the Dix and Lakehurst side and two on the McGuire side, four in total. Full day care is provided to children, ages six weeks to five years old. Parent fees are annualized and paid twice a month with limited drop-in care. To ensure quality care, each center has numerous child-care rooms and plenty of outdoor playing areas. Video monitoring systems in each facility provides simultaneous viewing of each room within the respective centers from each of the main offices. For reservations or information on the Lakehurst CDC, call (732) 323-2260. For reservations or information on McGuire or Dix locations, call Central Enrollment Reservations at (609) 562-4702.

Family Child Care Program

(609) 562-1312

The Family Child Care Program offers training, support, and licensing for homes on all JB MDL MPF locations. Providers are ­private contractors who are trained and certified to provide quality developmental activities and programs in their homes. FCC providers offer a variety of options for care to include, but not limited to, Extended Duty Care and Returning Home Care. Current provider lists are at each CDC, MFSC and Central Enrollment Registration.

Joint Base Recycling Center

(609) 754-4798

2321 Radin Road

JB MDL is mandated by the Qualified Recycling Program to establish a program that meets the 50 percent diversion goal for non-hazardous solid waste and 60 percent diversionfor constructions and demolition debris as ­dictated by the DOD sustainability performance plan by 2015.

The abundance of paper and other wastes, such as plastic, glass, scrap metal, cardboard, toner cartridges and other recyclable items such as pallets, tires, coated wire, rechargeable ­batteries and construction debris can be taken to the Radin Road facility.

Different facilities on the joint base are responsible for processing various materials.

Electronic equipment such as TVs, computers, monitors, etc., must be taken to UNICOR ­recycling located at 5735 Doughboy Loop. Brass recycling is processed through Defense Logistics Agency/Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office. Used oil recycling is managed at the hazardous waste facility and other used oil tanks located at various locations here, said Charanjit Gill, Supervisor Pollution Prevention Branch, 87th Civil Engineer Squadron.

While the recycling program here help defer large amounts of waste from ending up in landfills, it also generates revenue for the installation. Any excess money is used to fund environmental projects, recreational equipment, services, and events which might not otherwise be funded. Solid waste disposal costs are avoided when materials are recycled. The recycling program generates approximately $25,000 monthly in proceeds.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Veterinary Clinic

(609) 562-6636

3259 Gettysburg Ave.

The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Veterinary Services maintains the health and deployability of all military working dogs while providing preventative medical care for service members’ pets. The clinic is constantly working to improve access to care and services. The clinic staff provides wellness examinations, health certificate examinations, vaccinations, tests and laboratory procedures and minor surgical procedures such as spaying/neutering.

Hours of Operation: Monday through Wednesday and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to noon; closed weekends.

Joint Base Dog Park

The dog park, situated near Mitchell Road and Falcons Court East, will provide an on-base off-the-leash recreation area for dogs to exercise and train. The new 950-foot dog park will feature two different fenced-off recreation areas, one for small dogs less than 40 pounds and another larger area for dogs more than 40 pounds. Additional features and amenities include multiple entrances for pedestrians and maintenance, transitions areas for de-leashing, concrete pathways leading to the entrances, adequate recreation turf, large open-grass areas, obstacle and training stations, Mutt-Mitt stations with waste cans and bag dispensers, shade structures with benches, dedicated parking area and dog drinking fountains.

Dog Park Rules

  • Dogs and owner must enter at own risk.
  • Open year-round from dawn to dusk.
  • All dogs must be healthy and have up-to-date vaccinations prior to entering the park. Dogs must wear a collar displaying their current rabies and applicable license tags.
  • Puppies must be at least six months old and fully vaccinated.
  • Dogs with a history of aggressive behavior are prohibited.
  • If a dog shows signs of aggression towards people or other dogs it must be removed immediately from the park.
  • Female dogs in heat may not enter the park.
  • Owners must clean up any droppings made by their pets. Bag all droppings before depositing them in provided receptacles.
  • No human or dog food permitted inside the park. Small dog treats are permitted.
  • No unsupervised children under 13 are allowed in the park.
  • Dog owners must remain in the park and keep their dog in view at all times. No dog may go unattended.
  • Dogs are not allowed to dig. Owners must fill in any holes made by their pet.
  • Owners are responsible for the behavior of their animals.

Federal Voting Assistance Program

The FVAP allows service members to cast their votes online whether they’re overseas or stationed in the United States. The new system of online voting provides service members, their families and oversea civilians the option to ­complete absentee ballots weeks sooner rather than postal mail delivery.

FVAP offers an online automated federal write-in absentee ballot, which guides voters through the process in less than 10 minutes and provides information on all federal candidates.

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