6th Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III
6th Airlift Squadron C-17A Globemaster III

On May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2012 the Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst hosted its first Open House in two years. David Vanderhoof was there and brings us a series of interviews from the event.

What is Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst?

In 2005 BRAC or the Base Realignment and Closing Commission ordered the consolidation of the three bases located in central New Jersey. On October 1st 2009, Fort Dix, Naval Air Station Lakehurst and McGuire Air Force base merged into Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst. JB-MDL has over 42,000 acres of land and supports over 44,000 thousand Solders, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, Active Duty, Reserve and Guard. Of the 12 Joint Bases now in the United States, it is the only one to have all branches, of the US Military Services.

The “Host” of the joint base is the 87th Air Base Wing, of the United States Air Force. They are responsible for over 3933 buildings, their maintenance, and the security of the three facilities.

The three bases have integrated well, and inter-service co-operation is a hallmark of JBMDL. Examples of this are the New Jersey Army National Guard aviation unit is based at Lakehurst, with the Marines MAG-49 Headquarters is at Fort Dix. JB-MDL is also hosting EAGLE FLAG the Expeditionary Operations School.


Capt. Cory Simmons, 6th Airlift Sqn C-17A Globemaster III

Lt. Anthony Petrone, VR64 Condors US Navy Reserve, C-130T Hercules

Lt. Andy Kolbecker 108th ARW NJ ANG, KC-135R Stratotanker

Capt. Beckwith – HMLA773 Det B Marine Air Group 49, AH-1W “Whiskey” Cobra

Senior Airman Keith McLaughlin -2nd Air Refueling Squadron, KC-10A Extender

Staff SGT Miranda – 1-150th Helicopter Battalion New Jersey National Guard, UH-60L Black Hawk

621st Contingency Response Wing – Col. Chris Patterson


87th Airbase Wing
305th Air Mobility Wing
108th Air Refueling Wing NJ Air National Guard
621st Contingency Response Wing

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87th Air Base Wing
621 CRW

VR-64  C-130T Hercules
VR-64 C-130T Hercules
108th Wing KC-135R Engine
108th Wing KC-135R Engine
2nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender
2nd Air Refueling Squadron KC-10A Extender
108th Wing KC-125R Stratotanker
108th Wing KC-125R Stratotanker

David would like to thank the following people who provided him with the opportunity to bring this to you:

Tech Sergeant Parker Gyokeres of the 621st Public Affairs Office, I’ll never forget the whirlwind tour and the hospitality.

Staff Sergeant James Stewart of the 621st Public Affairs Office, Captain Brooke Bzozowske of the 621st Public Affairs Office, and the rest of the 621st.

Bill Addison of the 87th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Office, who went out of his way so I can bring you these interviews.

Steve “Sound Effects” Visscher, who did what I am never able to do, edit!

Lastly the men and woman who are Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst America’s East Coast Gateway!

UH-1N HMLA DET B  Inserting  repellers
UH-1N HMLA DET B Inserting repellers
CH-53E  HMH-772 with a Sling loaded Humvee
CH-53E HMH-772 with a Sling loaded Humvee

Opening and closing music courtesy Brother Love from the Album Of The Year CD. You can find his great music at

4 Responses to “Episode 213 – Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst Open House”

  1. Walt Buskey

    Wow. I was afraid Ft. Dix was a thing of the past. I did my basic training there, beginning 2 May, 1969. (Who could forget their personal “date” with the US Army in those days?)

    Some very fond memories, some scary ones as well, but all part of the BIT experience. (I went from there to the DLI in Monterey, CA, then to the 14th ASA Field Station in Hakata, Japan.)

    Incidentally, in my Co. was a certain PVT Chris Dodds (ANG), who, I understand, has since garnered some repute as a politician….

    Nice to see that the area has been kept in the military, and has been (is till being) put to good use.

    September 6th, 2012 | 4:25 pm
  2. This was some great interviews thanks for sharing.

    September 6th, 2012 | 6:19 pm
  3. Mike

    Don’t forget about the Coast Guard!

    September 7th, 2012 | 5:40 pm
  4. Mike, I spent the day at USCGAS Atlantic City. A microcast will be coming shortly about the Coasties!

    September 9th, 2012 | 6:50 am