Installation Overview -- Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Overview / Mission

Lt. Gen. Mark Ramsay, 18th Air Force commander, speaks with Airmen from the 621st Contingency Response Wing at the CRW’s Global Reach Deployment Center Feb. 16 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Ramsay is currently conducting a multi-base tour to speak with 18th AF Airmen about issues affecting the future of the Air Force.
U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Laura Deckman /Released

Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst (JB-MDL) consists of the Air Force's McGuire Air Force Base, the Army's Fort Dix and the Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, which were merged in 2009.  JB-MDL spans more than 20 miles, from east to west. It is situated in the two largest counties in New Jersey—Burlington and Ocean—and includes portions of eight municipalities.

As America’s premier joint war fighting base, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is capable of projecting air, land and sea power in support of our nation’s defense.   Though consolidated into a single joint base, the three facilities which were adjoining, but separate military installations remain commonly known by their pre-merger names.

Although the installation management functions have been consolidated, the missions of each of the three installations will continue. The Air Force will still provide global mobility and expeditionary combat support; the Army will mobilize and train soldiers, and the Navy will continue to assure fixed and vertical wing aircraft operate safely and effectively worldwide. 

Official website for Joint Base McGuire–Dix–Lakehurst

JB - MDL Facebook Page

About JB - MDL

JB MDL helos in NYC

McGuire, Dix, and Lakehurst is the Department of Defense’s only tri-service joint base. There are also a US Marine Corps Aircraft Group 49 and a Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team on the base to truly make JB MDL a joint base of all services. 

McGuire AFB is located in beautiful south central New Jersey, approximately 15 miles from Trenton, 45 minutes from Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and 90 minutes from New York City.

The Joint Base MDL consists of 42,000- acres to more than 80 mission partners and 40 mission commanders providing a wide range of combat capability. 

The 87th Air Base Wing provides installation management to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the nation's only tri-service joint base. The wing also provides mission-ready, expeditionary Airmen to support Unified Combatant Commanders in on-going military operations.  

Population/Major Units Assigned

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At McGuire the 87th Air Base Wing provides installation management support for 3,933 facilities with an approximate value of $9.3 billion in physical infrastructure. More than 44,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and their family members living and working on and around JB MDL contribute to the economic impact for the state of New Jersey.

McGuire is the only base in both the Air Mobility Command and the entire U.S. Air Force hosting three AMC-gained flying wings of the Regular Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. McGuire is also host to:

87th Air Base Wing 
514th Air Mobility Wing
108th Wing
21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force (EMTF)
621st Contingency Response Wing (CRW)
Air Force Reserve Command's 514th Air Mobility Wing (514 AMW) 
305th Air Mobility Wing

These commands together extends America's global reach by generating, mobilizing and deploying aircraft to conduct strategic airlift and air refueling missions worldwide.

Other Air Force Tenant Commands

Fort Dix is primarily a training command with the following tenants:

Army Support Activity
Marine Aircraft Group 49
99th Regional Support Command
Atlantic Division, 75th Training Command
U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Strike Team
NCO Academy
174th Combind Arms Training Brigade
Army 1st Brigade MidAtlantic Recruiting Battalion 

The Navy Base Lakehurst's mission of supporting and developing the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment and Support Equipment for naval aviation. 

NAWCAD Lakehurst
Center for Naval Educational Training, CNATT
Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, 21st Battalion
NJ ARNG Aviation Unit
Fleet Logistics Squadron (VR-64)

and other links to tenant commands at Navy Base Lakehurst

Visiting / Living at JB - MDL

All American Inn building entrance. Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force

Temporary Lodging (Air Force Inns)

The All American Inn provides temporary housing for DoD ID cardholders.  Rooms are available on a Space-available only basis for members not on orders.  Space-A reservations can be made for a maximum stay of three nights, with a possibility to extend depending on availability.

During the summer some VOQ/VAQ units may be converted to TLQ "suites" - two rooms separated by a bath with no cooking facilities other than a microwave in the hall. The Billeting staff will make every effort to ensure you have temporary lodging on base.

Campground Lodging

The base FAM-CAMP is operated by the Outdoor Recreation Office and the Outdoor Recreation Office.  This is a seasonal operation open from April through November. Six full hook ups, water, sewage & electric and restroom/shower facilities.


There is no government family housing on the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL). At JB MDL, military family housing is privatized with United Communities at McGuire Dix and Balfour Beatty Communities at Lakehurst. Privatized housing at Lakehurst is managed in partnership with the Department of the Navy.

Unaccompanied Housing (UH):  Housing on the base for permanent party single service members is provided by the JB MDL Unaccompanied Personnel Housing (UPH) office. All single AF members in the grades of E1-E4 (with less than 3 years of service) must reside in the dormitories.

Child Care

Child Development Centers (CDC) are located at McGuire, Dix and Lakehurst. Center-based care is care for children age six weeks to six years and limited hourly care. The CDCs are nationally accredited programs that provide developmentally appropriate programming.

The Central Enrollment Registry (CER), which is a one-stop office for information, availability, and registration for all Child and Youth Programs on JB-MDL. 

The Family Child Care (FCC) Program provides the JB-MDL community with an alternative to other child development programs and for evening, weekend and shift care. The FCC program offers quality childcare in a home environment.


There are no DODDS schools on Joint Base McGuire/Dix/Lakehurst. School age children living on McGuire and Dix housing attend North Hanover, Northern Burlington Regional and Pemberton Township school districts. While school-age children living on Lakehurst attend Lakehurst and Manchester Regional school Districts.

New arrivals to United Communities installation housing on the Dix portion of the Joint Base may choose to register their children in either the Pemberton Township School District or the North Hanover (elementary school) / Northern Burlington (middle and high school) districts. This school choice option only applies to families in United Communities housing. 


The 87th Medical Group provides quality care to military members from Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base and the local area by operating an ambulatory health care facility in partnership with area civilian hospitals. The 87th Medical Group Coordinates comprehensive medical support, dental services and health maintenance for over 20,000 military personnel, dependents, and authorized beneficiaries.

The 87th Medical Group opened a Joint Minor Illness and Injury Center (JMIIC).  It will offer a variety of after-hours, minor illness and injury care. The JMIIC will be co-located with the immunizations clinic on the first floor of the medical group and will be staffed by a team composed of a physician, a nurse, two medical technicians, a laboratory technician and a radiology technician.  The JMIIC will operate on a walk-in basis for TRICARE Prime beneficiaries. It will be equipped to handle non-emergency, acute minor illnesses and injuries and is not to be used as a "sick call". 

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Veterinary Services