Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Community
87th Air Base Wing
The 87th Air Base Wing provides installation management to JBMDL. The wing also provides mission-ready, expeditionary airmen to support unified combatant commanders in on-going military operations. The wing consists of more than 3,100 officers and enlisted and civilian personnel from the Air Force, Army and Navy.
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force’s center of excellence for advanced mobility and combat support training and education. The center also has direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response and partner capacity-building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The center provides administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command, to include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at JBMDL; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AFB, Germany; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field, North Carolina; and the 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
The Expeditionary Operations School at the expeditionary center offers 92 in-residence courses and 19 web-based training courses, graduating more than 40,000 students annually. Courses include Air Force Phoenix Raven Training, Advanced Study of Air Mobility, the Aerial Port Operations Course and more.
The center, which was officially renamed the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on March 4, 2007, is the Air Force’s leader in expeditionary training, and on Jan. 7, 2011, the center expanded in scope, taking added responsibility for evolving AMC mission sets. Today the center is a national level acceleration force, capable of projecting hard and soft power at any time by delivering “Airpower … from the ground up!”
The 1,200 members of the 108th Wing, New Jersey Air National Guard, fill a multitude of missions at JBMDL. Eight KC-135R Stratotankers assigned to the 141st Air Refueling Squadron are one part of the mission. As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiative, the wing has recently taken on new roles in the Air National Guard and U.S. Air Force and, consequently, the decision was made to change its name from an “air refueling wing” in 2008. Although the wing lost one of its air refueling squadrons due to BRAC, new units have been added, changing its makeup and strengthening its positioning in its service to the state and nation. The 204th Intelligence Squadron and the 150th Maintenance Flight along with medical personnel, civil engineers, security forces, supply, operations, communications, personnel, finance and the other airmen that make up the 108th allow the wing to continue to fulfill its missions and goals with excellence.
305th Air Mobility Wing
Headquartered at JBMDL, the 305th Air Mobility Wing extends America’s global reach by generating, mobilizing and deploying 32 KC-10 and 13 C-17 aircraft to conduct strategic airlift and air refueling missions worldwide. Additionally, the wing operates two of America’s largest strategic aerial ports supporting the delivery of cargo and personnel to combatant commanders abroad. Uniquely, as a result of joint base transfer, the wing directs the operations of two geographically separated airfields — one at McGuire and another at Lakehurst.
514th Air Mobility Wing
The 514th Air Mobility Wing is an associate unit that works side-by-side with the active-duty 305th Air Mobility Wing to fly and maintain their KC-10A Extenders and C-17 Globemaster IIIs. The mission of the 514th Air Mobility Wing is to recruit and train Air Force reservists for active duty and enhance our nation’s air mobility capability. Augmentation by the 514th Air Mobility Wing’s combat-ready personnel ensures full utilization of the active-duty 305th Air Mobility Wing’s aircraft, maintenance, aerial port and medical facilities.
621st Contingency Response Wing
The 621st Contingency Response Wing is highly specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields and establish, expand, sustain and coordinate air mobility operations. From wartime taskings to disaster relief, the 621st extends Air Mobility Command’s reach in deploying people and equipment around the globe.
174th Infantry Brigade
The 174th Infantry Brigade advises, assists and trains reserve component forces in both pre- and post-mobilization through multicomponent, integrated, collective training in accordance with Army Total Force Policy, Department of the Army, FORSCOM and First Army directives in order to achieve directed readiness requirements.
99th Readiness Division
The 99th Readiness Division’s mission is to establish customer-oriented operational synergies and disciplined, holistic, resource-efficient processes that produce maximum unit readiness for missions at home and abroad. The division also aims to achieve and sustain levels of U.S. Army Reserve materiel, training and personnel readiness that ensure the most capable, lethal force in the history of the U.S.
The Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center, more commonly known as CERDEC, actively advances soldier capabilities that enable situational awareness and understanding, establish and secure communications, and protect soldiers from surprise attack.
As an Army applied research center under the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, CERDEC provides the diverse technical expertise and operational awareness and understanding to develop, engineer and foresee essential Army needs in mission command and intelligence technologies, applications and networks designed to connect and protect the soldier. Whether soldier-borne or on vehicle or aviation platforms, the Army relies on CERDEC’s technical expertise to develop and seek out capability advancements to address soldier needs.
CERDEC works with Defense Department and national basic research organizations and labs to influence research investment and adopt, adapt and mature relevant scientific breakthroughs. CERDEC maintains close ties to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s centers of excellence and operational units to stay in touch with the evolving realities of the soldier environment, anticipate challenges, refine requirements and inform operational tactics, techniques and procedures.
More than 4,000 Department of the Army civilians, military service members and contractors make up CERDEC’s workforce of scientists, engineers and business support professionals.
CERDEC has state-of-the-art laboratories and administrative facilities at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; JBMDL; and other areas across the U.S. and overseas.
New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy
The mission of the New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy is to provide a highly disciplined environment fostering academics, leadership development, physical training and personal growth to educate and train unemployed youth who have ceased to attend high school.
Naval Air Systems Command
Naval Air Systems Command’s mission is to provide full life cycle support of naval aviation aircraft, weapons and systems operated by sailors and Marines. This support includes research, design, development and systems engineering; acquisition; test and evaluation; training facilities and equipment; repair and modification; and in-service engineering and logistics support. The command is headquartered in Patuxent River, Maryland, with military and civilian personnel stationed at eight locations across the continental United States and one site overseas.
Marine Aircraft Group 49
Marine Aircraft Group 49 is composed of more than 2,600 reserve and active-duty Marines and sailors spread across six squadrons, five site commands and two detachments in seven states. The MAG-49 headquarters and site command is co-located at JBMDL.
Atlantic Strike Team
The Atlantic Strike Team is one of three special teams that make up the National Strike Force. It is a vital national asset comprised of a unique, highly trained cadre of Coast Guard professionals who rapidly deploy any time to any place or hazard.
The National Strike Force 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 force’s area of responsibility covers all Coast Guard districts and federal response regions.