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EYB: Joint Base Mcguire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey

Editor’s note: This post was updated in January 2021. 

One of the most challenging aspects of military spouse life is preparing for an upcoming PCS or if you get the chance, potentially picking a new duty station. There is a lot of information out there, and it can be almost overwhelming.

We here at Army Wife Network want to take the some of the guesswork out of the need-to-knows about duty stations around the globe. Hence, our Post With the Most series. In this particular blog, we will be showcasing information related to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Fort Dix, as it is commonly known, is actually Join Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. As an Army base, Fort Dix was consolidated with neighboring Navy and Air Force facilities in 2009 to comprise one single secure facility. It is a training base under the jurisdiction of Army Installation Management Command and is located approximately 18 miles south of Trenton, New Jersey. It is the only tri-service base in the United States Department of Defense and includes units from all five branches of the Armed Forces.


Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is home to the following units:


  • 87th Air Base Wing
  • 305th Air Mobility Wing
  • 621st Contingency Response Wing
  • 514th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserve)
  • 108th Wing (Air National Guard)
  • 57th Weapons Squadron
  • 314th Recruiting Squadron
  • CAP Det 1
  • 373rd Training Squadron


  • Marine Aircraft Group 49
  • 72nd Field Artillery Brigade
  • 99th Regional Support Command
  • 2d, 75th Division
  • USCG Atlantic Strike Team
  • S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
  • Military Entrance Processing Station
  • NCO Academy
  • Naval Operational Support Center
  • Army Support Center
  • 174th Infantry Brigade
  • Fleet Logistics Squadron
  • 244th Aviation Brigade
  • Golf Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • 78th Training Division


  • Center for Naval Educational Training
  • Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 21
  • Army 1st Brigade Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion
  • NJ ARNG Aviation Unit

Surrounding Cities:

  • Brown Mills (5.5 miles away)
  • New Egypt (6.5 miles away)
  • Crestwood Village (18 miles away)
  • Trenton (18 miles away) 

Closest MAJOR City: Trenton

Names of Area Colleges: There are 80 colleges within 50 miles of Fort Dix. This is just a sample of colleges available.

Weather: Expect summers to be warm and humid and winters to be very cold. It’s often wet and partly cloudy year-round. Over the course of the year, the temperature can vary significantly from 25 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, but rarely gets below 12 degrees or above 94 degrees.

Time Zone: Eastern Standard Time 


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Map of the area

Historical Facts/Landmarks: Fort Dix was originally Camp Dix in 1917, named after Maj. Gen. John Adams Dix, a veteran of the War of 1812 and the American Civil War. He was also a United States senator, secretary of the treasury, and governor of New York. The Camp was renamed Fort Dix in 1939. Fort Dix has a long history of training and mobilizing soldiers, beginning in World War I and lasting to the present day. Fort Dix ended its active Army training mission in 1988 due to the Base Realignment and Closure Commission recommendations and began a new mission of training and mobilizing soldiers and providing training areas for Army Reserve and Army National Guard soldiers.


On-post Housing is managed by United Communities.

 Major realty/rental companies in the area:

  • We havent received any recommende realtores or companies for the area, but you can find purchase and rental options using MilitaryByOwner or AHRN.


School Liaison Officer

 School Districts:

  • All students who live at Fort Dix or McGuire Air Force Base will have their choice of public schools in North Hanover Township, Northern Burlington County Regional, and Pemberton Township School districts. Students living on Lakehurst will attend Lakehurst or Manchester Township school districts. Busing is provided to all students.
  • Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base
  • Lakehurst

 On-Post Schools: For school information, click the appropriate link above to see a list of schools on the installation.

 Off-Post Schools: There are too many options to list. Start with the area where you’ll be living and then view the choices of schools in that area based on whether or not you’re looking for homeschooling, charter schools, private schools, or public schools.



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Installation Facebook page: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Religious services: JB-MDL Protestant Women of the Chapel


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