JBMDL McGuire AFB
JBMDL McGuire AFB Relocation Information
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Welcome to JBMDL- McGuire AFB!
McGuire AFB is part of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. This three-part Joint Base combines McGuire AFB, Fort Dix, and Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst. It's the only three-part joint base in the nation. It was formed in 2009, and together, the combined base is able to support just about anything today. However, while they’re all combined and relatively close in proximity to each other (McGuire AFB and Fort Dix buddy up to one another), they each serve their own mission.
A U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor approaches a KC-10 Extender assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., during Exercise Razor Talon, Dec 2, 2020. Razor Talon is a quarterly Agile Combat Employment and large-force composite training exercise that allows the Air Force to train in a fully-developed threat scenario environment with joint and combined warfighters across multiple domains (U.S. Air Force photo by 1st Lieutenant Victoria Wright)
McGuire AFB is home to the 87th Air Base Wing and supports Fort Dix and Naval Engineering Station Lakehurst. For a brief time, it was an Air Force Reserve troop support carrier wing (434th) serving in the Korean War before it dissolved and became what it is today — the foundation for JBMDL.
First led by the 305th Air Mobility Wing, the 87th activated and took over the role of host wing and the 305th, along with the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 108th Air Wing (ANG), 621st Contingency Response Wing, and the 514th Air Mobility Wing (AFRC), has supported every major type of air mobility mission over the past 15 years.
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Joshua Swantek, 108th Medical Group wing inspection team leader, prepares participants for their first MEDEVAC tactical combat casualty care mock casualty training at the Babe Ruth Field, Nov. 16, 2020 at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. This training helps military personnel on how to transport patients in and out of moving vehicles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel Barney)
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Frequently Asked Questions About McGuire AFB
1. What city is near McGuire AFB?
Trenton, NJ, with approximately 80,000 residents, is the closest city (about 30 minutes) to McGuire AFB. With a handful of museums and attractions, it offers a different culture and pace than military families find closer to base.
2. What should I know before moving to New Jersey?
Every duty station offers its own culture, but moving to New Jersey might require some adapting.
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Here are a few things you can expect:
- Extreme weather.
- You can’t pump your own gas.
- Wawa is the go-to gas/convenience store.
- Diners are open 24/7.
- You get the perks of being close to major cities without living in them.
3. Where should I live near McGuire AFB?
Military families who choose to live off base near McGuire settle about 10 miles to the west in Eastampton and Westampton, although Medford and Brown Hills are popular, too.
4. How big is JBMDL?
The entire Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst makes up 42,000 acres. It’s home to over 40 commanders and 80 mission partners, along with 45,000 active duty service members, their families, and civilian personnel. Plus, about 60,000 retirees reside in the local community.
5. What is the zip code for McGuire AFB?
The zip code for McGuire AFB is 06841. Nearby zip codes include 08640, 08562, 08015, and 08068.
6. What is the BAH for McGuire AFB?
BAH for McGuire AFB ranges from $2,064 for E-1 to $2,679 for E-9 with dependents, and from $2,202 for O-1 to $2,994 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.
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Base Location & Information
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McGuire AFB is located in Pemberton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey, and lies about 17 miles southeast of Trenton, NJ. Fort Dix shares a fence line with McGuire Air Force Base, and about 30 minutes east is Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst, NJ. Nearby cities include Lumberton, Mount Laurel, Mount Holly, Easthampton, and Browns Mills, NJ.
The location makes it the perfect place for easy weekend destinations. With less than a two hours’ drive, you can escape to the Big Apple or the City of Brotherly Love (Philadelphia). So yummy food, incredible entertainment, and unforgettable culture and attractions are well within reach. And toward the east, you have scenic Atlantic views to help you reset and unwind.
Atlantic City, Ocean City, and Cape May are all within a two hours’ drive and offer the salty air, the sound of the waves, and sandy beaches that allow you to escape work for a few days.
Cape May, NJ. Image by Smallbones.
Nearby military installations:
Because of its location on the East Coast, you’ll find many military installations nearby. New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland host a wide variety, but within a few minutes of McGuire AFB you’ll find:
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The Air Force Inns handles arrival lodging for incoming military and their families at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. With basic amenities, a rental car facility, and proximity to base attractions, it’s the perfect place to get your bearings after your PCS move.
JBMDL — McGuire AFB Housing
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On-base housing for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is split between two private property management companies—United Communities and Balfour Beatty.
United Communities serves McGuire and Dix, offering a variety of high-quality homes conveniently located on base with great neighborhood amenities to include a pool, dog parks, community centers, and playgrounds to make your time at JBMDL feel like home.
3700 A Circle Dr.
Joint Base MDL, NJ
Contact: (609) 288-2276
McGuire-Dix Military Housing Office
3700 Circle Drive
McGuire AFB, NJ
Contact: (609) 754-3662
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 0730-1615
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JBMDL — McGuire AFB Off-Base Housing
Homes for sale and houses for rent near JBMDL— McGuire AFB - McGuire AFB Homes
Military families who choose to live off base near McGuire often settle about 10 miles to the west in Eastampton and Westampton, although Medford and Brown Hills to the south of base are popular, too.
McGuire AFB BAH Information
The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about your Basic Allowance for Housing.
McGuire AFB is near Trenton, NJ with many options to buy or rent. Some sample McGuire AFB BAH rates for zip code 08641:
- E-1 with dependents: $2,064
- E-1 without dependents: $1,581
- E-9 with dependents: $2,679
- E-9 without dependents: $2,364
- O-1 with dependents: $2,202
- O-1 without dependents: $1,977
- O-7 with dependents: $2,994
- O-7 without dependents: $2,646
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Area Weather & Climate
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Ready for four seasons? Here, you’ll notice hot (sometimes muggy) summers and frigid winters. The spring and fall marry the two extremes and allow a few more comfortable months for those who fall under the “fair-weather person” category.
The biggest thing Mother Nature will throw your way here is a hurricane on occasion and a winter wonderland for the holiday season. It’s beautiful, but it does bring ice, and with that, there are slick roads and low visibility. Stay up-to-date on inclement weather here.
Joint Base Information Lines: McGuire/Dix—(609) 754 BASE (2273)
United Communities Damage Reporting Line: (609) 724-0500
Joint Base Law Enforcement Desk: (609) 754-6001
Joint Base Fire Department: (609) 754-2451
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JBMDL— McGuire AFB Area Schools
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Families with school-age kids who live on or near McGuire AFB may fall under several school districts.
Pemberton Township Schools: Pemberton includes families living on base and those to the south toward Brown Mills.
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North Hanover Township School District: North Hanover includes families PreK3-7th living on base and those located to the north of McGuire AFB.
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Northern Burlington County Regional School District: Northern Burlington educates the middle and highschoolers located near McGuire AFB.
For those interested in a private school education for your children, Private School Review is a great tool to help you find the right fit for you and your family.
Families interested in homeschooling should follow the New Jersey Department of Education homeschool regulations.
For any questions or concerns, contact the School Liaison Services.
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Support for Military and Families
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The good news: the average unemployment rate is less in the Trenton area than the state average. McGuire AFB is the largest employer nearby (second largest in the state) and employs off-duty military, civilians, and offers a Military Spouse Preference Program, which can help you settle into a new job more quickly.
For those interested in higher education, Thomas Edison State College, Thomas Edison State University, and The College of New Jersey are in Trenton or closer.
As far as the community is concerned, McGuire AFB offers ample opportunity and things for military families to do. Offering everything from outdoor adventures at Camp Dix and Fam Camp, John F. Mann Recreational Park, and Pine Ridge Golf Course, to Dix indoor pool, movie theater, Librar-e, and more, there’s a variety of things to do just on base.
Some helpful links:
Things to Do Near McGuire AFB
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Six Flags Great Adventure: Have the adventure of a lifetime chasing thrills and playing like a kid all day at Six Flags, just 20 minutes from McGuire AFB.
iPlay America: With extreme weather several months out of the year, indoor play is a must. iPlay America is the ultimate indoor amusement park for the whole family!
Sayen House & Gardens: Appealing to nature lovers, history buffs, and garden enthusiasts, this destination in Trenton is an oasis for many.
Sebastian’s Schnitzelhaus: Sebastian’s authentic German food is a popular stop here near McGuire AFB. Maintaining 4.5 stars with nearly 1,000 reviews on Google alone, it’s a must-do for sure!
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