Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Community


Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, also known as JB MDL, was established as Part 146 of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission which directed the Department of Defense to realign 26 separate installations into 12 Joint Base Installations. Legislation for our installation, dictated the realignment of ‘Fort Dix N.J. and Naval Engineering Station Lakehurst N.J., by relocating the installation management functions to McGuire AFB N.J., establishing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on Oct. 1, 2009.

JB MDL, is America’s premier joint warfighting base. The joint base is the second largest employer in the State of New Jersey and has a $6.9 billion impact on the community. It’s estimated that JB MDL employs 65,500 directly and indirectly which is approximately 1.7% of all New Jersey jobs. The joint base has a:

  • $6.9 billion impact to the region
  • 1.5% of total New Jersey GDP ($3.4 billion)
  • $3 billion in payroll
  • $119.7 million in local tax revenue
  • $2.2 billion in contracts
  • 63% of contracts awarded to small businesses
  • 3,933 facilities valued at an estimated $8.1 billion
  • $32.4 million in TRICARE dollars on DOD beneficiaries.

The joint base is a vibrant and diverse community. Active-duty, reserve and guard service members from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard ensure total force integration here by training, supporting and sustaining installation and global contingency operations.

JB MDL is home to more than 80 mission partners. Mission partners is a general term used to encompass all supported components (all Active and Reserve Air Force units on the joint base), supporting components (all Active and Reserve Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and other DOD units on the joint base) and tenants (all Air Force and Army guard units and all non-DOD entities on joint base).

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