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Welcome to JBMDL - Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst!


NAES Lakehurst is part of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL). This three-part Joint Base combines McGuire AFB, Fort Dix, and Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst. They formed in 2009 and together, they’re able to support just about anything today. However,  while they’re all combined and relatively close in proximity to one another (Lakehurst is about 30 minutes northeast of the other two, while McGuire AFB and Fort Dix are adjacent to each other), they each serve their own mission. 



A U.S. Marine Corps. UH-1Y helicopter assigned to HMLA-733, performs a simulated casualty evacuation (casevac) at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Dec 11, 2020. Casevac relies on the closest available unit to be deployed to carry out the evacuation mission. In contrast, medevac involves a team of medical professionals with Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) training on standby to be dispatched by road or with an air ambulance to the site of the injury. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Matthew Porter) 


Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst supports and develops “the Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment and Support Equipment for naval aviation. The Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System  and the Advanced Arresting Gear system that will replace the existing steam catapults and the Mk-7 arresting gear are being developed and tested at Lakehurst at  full-scale shipboard representative test facilities here.” 


At Lakehurst you’ll find: 

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and U.S. Navy Blue Angels flew in formation behind a KC-10 Extender assigned to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., April 28, 2020. The demonstration teams flew over New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania to honor thousands of healthcare workers, essential employees, military personnel and other first responders who are at the front lines of the battle against COVID-19. (U.S. Air Force photo by Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Ottenwess)

Frequently Asked Questions about JBMDLLakehurst

1. What city is near Lakehurst?


Toms River is closest to NAES Lakehurst. It has a population of about 92,000. Trenton, NJ, with approximately 80,000 residents, is about  40 minutes away from Lakehurst. With a variety 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. How far is Lakehurst from McGuire AFB and Fort Dix? 


While McGuire and Fort Dix share some of the same space, Lakehurst is about 30 minutes toward the New Jersey coastline, independent from the others. 


4. How big is JBMDL?


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst makes up 42,000 acres. It’s home to over 40 commanders and 80 mission partners and 45,000 active duty service members, their families, and civilian personnel. Plus, there are about 60,000 retirees residing in the local community.


5. What is the zip code for Lakehurst?  


The zip code for Lakehurst is 08753. Nearby zip codes include 08759, 08527, 08755, and 08723.


6. What is the BAH for Lakehurst? 

BAH for Lakehurst ranges from $2,499 for E-1 to $3,348 for E-9 with dependents, and from $2,709 for O-1 to $4,050 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.


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Base Location & Information

Official Site: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst



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NAES Lakehurst lies on eastern boundary of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.  The station is located within the Pineland National Reserve in Ocean County, NJ, approximately 14 miles west of the New Jersey shoreline.


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).  This means that 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, 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 NAES Lakehurst you’ll find:


Arrival Lodging

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 close proximity to base attractions, it’s the perfect place to get your bearings after your PCS move. 


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Navy Lakehurst 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. 




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Balfour Beatty serves Lakehurst and offers similar amenities (pools, playgrounds, lawn service, and more) to create an active community to call home. 



1053 Division Street 

Lakehurst, NJ 



Contact: (732) 408-1651


Lakehurst Military Housing Office 

BLDG 483 Walsh Drive 

JB MDL AFB, NJ 08733 


Contact:  (732) 323-2370 


Hours of Operation: 

Monday through Friday 0730-1615


Navy Lakehurst Off-Base Housing

 View homes for sale and houses for rent near JBMDL: JBMDL Navy Lakehurst



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Military families who choose to live off base near NAES Lakehurst may choose to settle closer to McGuire AFB and Fort Dix side of JBMDL in Brown Mills, while others might choose to embrace a more local life in Toms River. 


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Navy Lakehurst 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.


Lakehurst is near Toms River, NJ with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Lakehurst BAH rates for zip code 08753: 

  • E-1 with dependents: $2,499
  • E-1 without dependents: $1,875
  • E-9 with dependents: $3,348
  • E-9 without dependents: $2,928
  • O-1 with dependents: $2,709
  • O-1 without dependents: $2,355
  • O-7 with dependents: $4,050
  • O-7 without dependents: $3,261

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Area Weather & Climate

mcguire afb weather

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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:  Lakehurst Base — (732) 323-SNOW (7669)


Balfour Beatty Damage Reporting Line: (732) 408-1651


Joint Base Law Enforcement Desk: (609) 754-6001


Joint Base Fire Department: (609) 754-2451


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JBMDLNavy Lakehurst Area Schools


Lakehurst schools

Families with school-age kids who live on or near Lakehurst fall under the Lakehurst School District or Manchester Township School District. 



Lakehurst School District





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Manchester Township School District

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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

Lakehurst family

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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, Lakehurst offers ample opportunity and things for military families to do, like bowling or outdoor adventures at Pine Ridge Outdoor Pool and Pine Ridge Golf Course. Plus, you’ll find even more things to do on Fort Dix. Check out the Camp Dix and Fam Camp, John F. Mann Recreational Park, Dix indoor pool, movie theater, Librar-e, and more. There’s a variety of things to do just on base!


 Some helpful links:

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Things to Do Near JBMDL - Lakehurst

mcguire afb six flags

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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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Base Address:

Naval Engineering Station Lakehurst, Route 547
Lakehurst , 08733