The 87th Mission Support Group provides expeditionary combat and base support and leadership across JB MDL, ensuring mission execution of the DOD’s first and only tri-service joint base. The group has more than 3,900 active duty Air Force and Navy members, appropriated fund civilians, non-appropriated fund civilians and contractors comprising six squadrons. The 87th MSG is responsible for 42,000 acres, more than 3,900 facilities, and an infrastructure valued at $8.1 billion, while providing support to a base populace of more than 42,000 personnel.
87th Civil Engineer Squadron
The 87th Civil Engineer Squadron is charged with providing infrastructure operations, programming future base development, managing and directing the base’s physical assets, and providing explosive ordnance disposal, fire response and protection and emergency management and contingency support services to support JB MDL. The squadron is also responsible for a $1.8 billion physical plant covering 42,000 acres, more than 3,000 facilities and 25 utility systems.
The squadron trains and deploys civil engineer forces to support contingencies and disaster response taskings worldwide. No matter the task, the members of the 87th CES live up to their motto: “Build to Last … Lead the Change.”
The engineers are responsible for day-to-day operations, maintenance and sustainment of all facilities on JB MDL, problems or issues with facilities should be called into the 24-hour CE Customer Service Center at 754-87CE (8723).
87th Communications Squadron
The 87th Communications Squadron delivers a wide spectrum of fixed and deployable command, control, communications and computer capabilities and services for JB MDL. JB MDL information protection is supported by network defense, communications security, emissions security, asset management, Privacy Act, Freedom of Information Act, dig permit and frequency management specialists. JB MDL personnel protection is supported via emergency mass notification systems including 42 “Giant Voice” poles and “AtHoc” messages sent to personal and work devices. The safe launch and recovery of aircraft is supported through airfield radar, weather and landing systems maintenance. High-speed network connectivity and planning support is provided for various base telephone, radio, data and video networks (both classified and unclassified). Finally, knowledge and records management services are offered to include official postal mail services. “World Wide-We Provide” is the squadron’s motto.
Land Mobile Radio: The installation LMR network is centrally managed and operated by the 87th Communications Squadron's Personal Wireless Communications Systems work center. Units wishing to join the network should contact PWCS to ensure interoperable radios are properly purchased and programming requirements are properly fulfilled. The contact number is (609) 754-2666.
87th Contracting Squadron
The 87th Contracting Squadron provides contracting support and strategic business advice to five Air Force wings and the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center and provides ancillary procurement support to more than 80 mission partners on JB MDL. The 87th CONS establishes and administers contracts for performance-based commercial services, commercial off-the-shelf products, major and minor construction services, renovation and repair services, alterations, demolition, as well as architect-engineering and design projects. They also award more than $125 million in new contracts each year, manage a contract portfolio valued at more than $250 million, and manage a $40 million per year Government Purchase Card program. Additionally, the squadron provides deployable contingency contracting support to domestic and worldwide contingency and humanitarian relief efforts for air expeditionary forces and other branches of service in theaters of operation worldwide.
Contracting and Procurement Support
The joint base does not have a centralized contracting organization as each of the services and mission partners retain some level of procurement capability. The 87th CONS plans, manages, coordinates and executes procurement operations including business advice, customer education, contract operations, Government Purchase Card surveillance and management and business relationships integral to purchasing, leasing, obtaining supplies, services and non-military construction for and in direct support of the installation.
Their customers include the 87th Air Base Wing, 305th Air Mobility Wing, 621st Contingency Response Wing, 514th Air Mobility Wing, 108th Wing, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, and JB MDL mission partners specifically identified in a support agreement. All other customers should contact their servicing organization for procurement support. Customers can direct questions on required support to the 87th CONS.
87th Force Support Squadron
The 87th Force Support Squadron at JB MDL encompasses more than 90 activities. The squadron’s core units are the Operations Section, Community Services Flight, Force Development Flight, Military and Family Support Center, Manpower & Personnel Flight, Resource Management Flight and the Sustainment Services Flight. While diverse in nature, the squadron’s motto of “Pride in our Service” binds these units together.
Civilian Personnel Section
JB MDL has more than 1,200 civilians working in fully-integrated organizations. Under the military spouse preference program, spouses may be given hiring preference. To qualify, military spouses must be eligible for employment, submit documentation to establish spouse and relocation status, and submit an application. For more information about the spouse preference program, call (609) 754-5691. For a listing of appropriated wage grade and/or general schedule employment opportunities at JB MDL visit https://mypers.af.mil or www.usajobs.gov.
The Education Center offers excellent educational opportunities to military personnel, family members and civilian employees. On- and off-base programs are available, as are a number of other services.
Two-year degree programs are available through Burlington County College in Pemberton and the Community College of the Air Force. Baccalaureate degree programs are offered through Southern Illinois and Thomas Edison State College in partnership with Rutgers University. Graduate programs are available from Central Michigan University, Thomas Edison State College in partnership with Rutgers University.
Additionally, the center provides assistance for those interested in coursework via distance learning from more than 100 different schools across the nation. The center also conducts free testing in CLEP, DSST, Excelsior and SAT or ACT. Aptitude and interest tests are available to include Strong Campbell Interest Inventory, Kuder Occupational Interest Survey and others. Information is available for enlisted members interested in opportunities for commissioning through such programs as Officer Training School, Air Force Academy, Airman Education and Commissioning Program, and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.
First Term Airman Center
The First Term Airman Center came about during the year of the enlisted force as an initiative to prepare and re-blue Airmen arriving to their first permanent duty station and was established June 15, 1998, at what was formerly McGuire Air Force Base. The main objective of the program is to provide a streamlined base in-processing, decrease no-shows and reduce adjustment and disciplinary problems by increasing professional military knowledge and awareness. FTAC is a 10-day course designed to ensure a smooth transition for first-duty Airmen by offering a four-phase program of in-processing, briefings, formal training and team building. In addition, team-building details offer an opportunity to engage in local Air Force community activities, which can build lasting friendships and increase networking capabilities.
The Honor Guard is a highly visible team comprising outstanding members from virtually every squadron on base. Standing tall and proud in Air Force blues, JB MDL’s elite honor guard team exemplifies the highest standards of military life. Whether marching in parades or representing JB MDL at retreats, graduations or military funerals, their appearance adds dignity and shows the Air Force at its best. To request an honor guard team, visit www.jointbasemdl.af.mil.
Kish Airman Leadership School
The Kish Airman Leadership School prepares junior enlisted to assume greater responsibility as supervisors and non-commissioned officers. The school is an intensive five-week program focusing on leadership, communication and the profession of arms. Upon graduation, students receive nine semester hours of college credit from the Community College of the Air Force. Each class consists of 40 to 45 students from base units. On occasion, students from nearby bases as well as members of the Air Force Reserve and the Air National Guard attend the course. The ALS staff consists entirely of non-commissioned officers with experience covering a cross-section of Air Force career fields. They are hand-selected professionals who have already graduated from the NCO academy or ALS. All instructors attend the Air University Academic Instructor School or the Professional Military Education Instructor School and have been awarded their CCAF degree. Proficiency is maintained through intensive and continuous in-service training to assure maximum currency and quality instruction for students.
Marketing, Publicity and Commercial Sponsorship
The marketing and publicity program serves a key role in the operation of all squadron activities and programs by conducting customer needs evaluations and providing maximum exposure and publicity for all programs and services. The commercial sponsorship program assists in providing corporate-level funding to offset costs, allowing for most events and programs to be offered at little or no charge. Look for the many sources of advertising that includes, www.gomdl.com, “Spotlight” insert in the Air, Land & Sea Times, posters, newsletters, videos and more.
Manpower and Personnel Flight Human Resources Office
The Human Resources Office administers all non-appropriated fund personnel management programs and processes all personnel actions for the squadron. In addition to handling all NAF personnel recruitment, office members provide comprehensive new employees’ orientation and supervisory training. This office is also responsible for documenting training, annual performance appraisals and awards for non-appropriated fund employees, ensuring the highest quality control measures for the maintenance of all employee information files.
Applications for employment in FSS activities may be picked up and/or turned in at
2905 Tuskegee Airmen Ave. For more information, visit www.NAFJobs.org.
Military and Family Support Center
Army Community Service, Fleet and Family Services, and Airmen and Family Readiness Center have been incorporated into one agency known as the Military and Family Support Center. DOD members and their families are encouraged to visit any of the three locations.
Leadership at all levels recognizes the special relationship between successful mission accomplishment and the quality of life of military families. Changes in family structure and lifestyles require increased focus on services and policies that foster a positive family environment.
The MFSC team is available to assist commanders and individual members of the armed forces with a wide range of services or referrals to other local and national community agencies. Services include Information and Referral, Relocation Assistance, Personal and Family Readiness, Family Life Education, Personal Financial Management, Air Force Aid Society, Career Focus/Spouse Employment, Transition Assistance, Exceptional Family Member Program, Soldier and Family Assistance Center, the Emergency Food Assistance Program, Computer Resource Center and Volunteer Resource Program.
Please call the following centers for further information.
McGuire Military and Family Support Center
3435 Broidy Road (609) 754-3154
Dix Military and Family Support Center
5201 Maryland Ave. (609) 562-4245
Lakehurst Military and Family Support Center
488-2 Walsh Drive (732) 323-1248
Information and Referral
Our Information and Referral service provides information about base and local community human service resources and links for members needing assistance with the appropriate service providers.
Relocation Assistance services ease the transition of a military move by assisting single and married members and their families with the various elements of relocation planning. MFSC staff provide worldwide installation information, specific overseas cultural and geographical information and access to Loan Closet. A variety of items for transitioning military families include folding mats, pots and pans, small kitchen appliances and much more.
Personal and Family Readiness
Personal and Family Readiness provides support and services before, during and after a remote, deployment or extended TDY assignment. Personalized readiness briefings guide military members and their families through preparations needed before the deployment begins and provides information on services to assist with challenges faced during military separations. Additionally, the Hearts Apart Program provides ongoing support through personalized assistance to family members during the deployment cycle or extended separation of family due to remote or extended TDYs.
Family Life Education
Family Life Education services assist single and married members, and their families, with adapting to current and future changes in their lives. Education services include marriage enrichment, assertiveness skills, stress/change management, self-esteem building and time management. These services emphasize coping techniques and skill development.
Personal Financial Management
Personal Financial Management services include information, education and personal financial counseling for long-term solutions to financial management. Individual assistance and seminars are available for money management, basic investment information, credit management, debt liquidation and checkbook maintenance.
Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief
and Navy/Marine Corps Emergency Relief
The MFSC has access to all service relief societies listed above and works closely with the American Red Cross. Emergency relief societies and the American Red Cross offer emergency financial assistance to all active-duty and retired service members. AFAS, AER and NMCER offer loans and grants to authorized persons in need of financial assistance, educational help, vocational and technical training support. Contact the nearest Military and Family Support Center during normal operating hours for assistance. For emergencies after 4:30 p.m., contact the national office of the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337.
Career Focus and Spouse Employment
The Career Focus and Spouse Employment service offers education and resources to enhance marketability and employment opportunities of military members and their families. Seminars include identifying skills and interests, career planning, improving job search skills, increasing employment opportunities or career changes, exploring the local job market and networking with agencies and employers.
Transition Assistance services provide separating or retiring members and their families with transition counseling, military career planning, development of job search skills, access to employment information and tools for re-entry into civilian life and second careers. This program also hosts a five-day, comprehensive workshop facilitated by the New Jersey Department of Labor which includes skills assessment, job search techniques, veteran’s benefits, retiree affairs and more. In addition, the WFRC offers individual on-site appointments with Veterans’ Affairs and Small Business Administration representatives.
Computer Resource Center
The Computer Resource Center offers access to computer equipment, software and more to assist with a variety of needs. Available software includes touch-typing tutor, word-processing, federal and nationwide employment opportunity databases and trip routing. College scholarship and grant program information is also available.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed weekends.
Exceptional Family Member Program
The Exceptional Family Member Program provides information and referral, advocacy, training and support services to military members and their families. During individual meetings, staff assists with finding individualized local services, community program availability, guidance on state laws, and review of individual education plans. Several family events and activities are scheduled throughout the year.
Emergency Food Assistance Program
The Food Pantry provides emergency food supplies to eligible personnel and their family members. The MFSC is continuously improving their services in order to support the JB MDL mission by enhancing the military lifestyle through information, education and assistance.
Soldier and Family Assistance Center
5644 Doughboy Loop
Soldier and family assistance center staff provide a full array of programs and services to wounded warriors and their families. Military members and their families have access to certified personal financial counselors, an Army Career and Alumni Program counselor, and a wealth of local and national resources for assistance on various life cycle subjects. Military members and their families are encouraged to attend any of the classes or special events created or facilitated by the SFAC staff.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed weekends.
Volunteer Resource Program
The Volunteer Resource Program welcomes new volunteers willing to share their talents or develop new skills. VRP offers volunteers placement and training opportunities with base and community agencies. Eligible volunteers are provided with free childcare. Volunteering can be an excellent opportunity to meet new people and learn about JB MDL.
Military Personnel Section
The Military Personnel Section has many services and programs available to meet the needs of military member and their family. JB MDL’s MPS is located at 2916 Falcon Lane, just east of the JB MDL McGuire Main Gate.
Customer service provides a one-stop service for walk-in business. This section manages identification card applications, Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, veterans’ benefits, special duty applications, Service Members Group Life Insurance, LeaveWeb and the INTRO Program. Force Management manages awards and decorations, evaluations and special actions needs. Career Development manages officer and enlisted promotions, re-enlistments, extensions, outbound assignments and the military’s largest port retirements/separations program for U.S. Air Force members.
Resource Management Flight
The Resource Management Flight, located at 2905 Tuskegee Airmen Ave., is the financial artery of the Force Support Squadron. The primary function of this unit is to provide full accounting support to all non-appropriated fund activities within the Force Support Squadron. Additionally our information technology office provides free WIFI access to all FSS facilities.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; closed weekends.
87th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron provides robust logistics support to the JB MDL community. The squadron is the single installation authority for materiel and distribution management and manages the Air Force component deployment operation; and provides overall direction and management of joint base vehicle, supply, equipment, deployment planning and operations, fuel, and cryogenics processes necessary to operate and support the diverse operations across the joint base. The 87th LRS comprises four flights: Deployment and Distribution, Materiel Management, Vehicle Management, Fuels Management Flight as well as support operations including squadron readiness, training and quality assurance. The unit manages an equipment and parts inventory valued at $87 million and a fleet of 2,100 vehicles. The 87th LRS also dispenses more than 60 million gallons of JP-8 aviation fuel to home station and transient aircraft customers. Squadron personnel remain mission ready for all Air & Space Expeditionary Force deployments.