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).
in Burlington and Ocean counties
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST
Composed of three installations (McGuire, Dix and Lakehurst), JBMDL is the Department of Defense’s first joint base and only joint base that consolidated Air Force, Army and Navy installations. Dix and McGuire are in Burlington County in New Jersey (south central) in the Delaware River Region, near New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City and the famous Jersey Shore. This portion of the base is in a wooded, rural, agricultural area, which is the least densely populated area in the state. Lakehurst, formerly known as Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, is on the eastern portion of JBMDL in the New Jersey Pinelands in what is considered a resort area. Lakehurst lies on approximately 7,400 of the joint base’s 42,000 contiguous acres. JBMDL spans 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 or boroughs.
JBMDL is home to five wings, including the 87th Air Base Wing. As host wing, the 87th Air Base Wing provides installation support to more than 80 mission partners spread across the base’s 42,000 acres. Other Air Force organizations at JBMDL include the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, 108th Wing, 305th Air Mobility Wing, 514th Air Mobility Wing and 621st Contingency Response Wing. Army organizations include the 174th Infantry Brigade, the 99th Regional Support Command, CERDEC and the New Jersey Youth Challenge Academy. Navy organizations include the Naval Air Systems Command. Marine units include Marine Aircraft Group 49. Coast Guard organizations include the Atlantic Strike Team. For a full list of the more than 80 organizations and mission partners at JBMDL, visit www.jointbasemdl.af.mil/Mission-Partners.
More than 42,000 airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and their family members live and work on and around JBMDL.
The joint base is one of the largest employers in New Jersey — the only other entity that employs more personnel than JBMDL is the state of New Jersey. Service members and their family members living and working on and around JBMDL contribute to an overall economic impact of $6.9 billion to New Jersey.