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JB MDL kicks off the most Wonderful Time of the Year
A large pine tree illuminates during the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony held at Wurman Hall on Army Support Activity Dix, N.J., Dec 1, 2021. The annual tradition attended by leadership and JB MDL families offered horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, cookies, funnel cake, pretzels, kettle corn and a special visit from the North Pole. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Matt Porter)
Dec. 3, 2021 - The annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony was attended by leadership and JB MDL families. They were offered horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, cookies, funnel cake, pretzels, kettle corn and a special visit from the...

Historical Artifact finds new home at McGuire
Mr. James Warrick, 87th Air Base Wing historian, and local New Jersey resident Mr. David Tinker pose with a donated P-38 lithograph at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov 29, 2021. The lithograph donated by Mr. David Tinker originally came from his father who flew in the same Squadron as Major Tommy B. McGuire, Jr., the namesake of McGuire AFB. With his father's passing, he felt finding a new home for his father's limited edition lithograph was appropriate. The lithograph has the original signatures of thirteen members of the 475th Fighter Group including Colonel Charles MacDonald, who was McGuire's commanding officer in the Pacific during World War II. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman 1st Matthew Porter)
Nov. 29, 2021 - A P-38 lithograph donated by Mr. David Tinker originally came from his father who flew in the same Squadron as Major Tommy B. McGuire, Jr., the namesake of McGuire AFB. With his father's passing, he felt finding a new home...

Joint Base MDL welcomes four new chief petty officers
Joint Base MDL welcomes four new chief petty officers
Nov. 23, 2021 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J.  – Four sailors from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst joined the ranks of the chief petty officer’s mess in a pinning ceremony held at Naval Support Activity Lakehurst Nov. 19. The joint...

Son of WWII 305th Bombardment Group flight engineer honors his father’s memory and the CAN DO Wing.
Rodney Jester poses for a picture with a portrait of his father, U.S. Army Air Force Tech Sgt. Edward Jester, a flight engineer/top turret gunner with the World War II 305th Bombardment Group, inside the 305th Air Mobility Wing Headquarters on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 18, 2021. Jester donated his father’s belongings to the 305th AMW to preserve his wartime service and to inspire and inform today’s Airmen.  Flying 29 combat missions from December 1943 to May 1944, Tech Sgt. Jester served with the 366th Bomb Squadron of the 305th BG CAN DO Group under the Eighth Air Force, “The Mighty Eighth,” based at Chelveston, England in the air war against Nazi Germany during that conflict.   His wartime service remained a point of pride throughout his life and this is reflected in the artifacts and documents that Edward Jester kept as memories of those tumultuous years.  Today, the CAN DO Wing has been honored by his family to share TSgt Jester’s legacy.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel Barney)
Nov. 22, 2021 - Rodney Jester, the son of World War II 305th Bombardment Group flight engineer, Tech Sgt. Edward Jester, made a visit to the 305th Air Mobility Wing headquarters, along with his wife, Sadie, to commemorate his father's...

Returning the Favor: A Helping Hand for 87th MDG
U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Devon Wilson, 87th Medical Support Squadron member of patient flight and medical readiness, poses for a picture in front of the U.S. flag inside the 87th Medical Group facility on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Nov. 10, 2021. While stationed on Joint Base MDL, as a patient under cancer treatment, he serves the 87th MDG by managing the COVID hotline and medical control center during Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force photo by Daniel Barney)
Nov. 18, 2021 - On a Wednesday afternoon at the 87th Medical Group facility on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Devon Wilson, 87th Medical Support Squadron member of patient flight and medical readiness, checks his...
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Checkered Flag 22-1 comes to a close at Tyndall
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon with the 79th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, flies over the Gulf of Mexico, Nov. 8, 2021. Personnel and aircraft from the 79th FS traveled to Florida to participate in Checkered Flag 22-1, a large-force aerial exercise held at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, which fosters readiness and interoperability through the incorporation of fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft during air-to-air combat training. The 22-1 iteration of the exercise was held November 8-19, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Betty R. Chevalier)
Nov. 19, 2021 - U.S. Airmen, Sailors and Department of Defense contractors and civilians participated in Checkered Flag 22-1 at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Nov. 8-19, 2021.Checkered Flag, hosted by the 325th Fighter Wing, is one of the...

AFGSC CC speaks, strengthens relationships at Maxwell
General Anthony J. Cotton, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Commander, Air Forces Strategic–Air, U.S. Strategic Command, Barksdale Air Force Base speaking at Air War College December 03, 2021.(U.S. Air Force photo by William Birchfield)
Dec. 6, 2021 - Gen. Anthony J. Cotton, Commander, Air Force Global Strike Command and Commander, Air Forces Strategic - Air, visited Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala. to speak with Air War College and Air Command and Staff College students about...

Trees for Troops spreads holiday cheer for Hill Airmen
Volunteers tie a tree to the roof of a car during a Christmas tree giveaway event at Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Dec. 4, 2021. Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provided live Christmas trees to 150 service members and their families with the help of volunteers from Hill AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo by 2nd Lt. Taylor Ferry)
Dec. 6, 2021 - Military families at Hill received some holiday cheer this week through an annual Christmas tree giveaway program. Trees for Troops, a program of the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation, provided live Christmas trees to 150 service...
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Baron's blouse makes history
Airman First Class Nicholas Baron, 305th Air Mobility Wing Loadmaster, officially donates his blouse and delivers it to Stuart Lockhart, 305th Air Mobility Wing Historian, at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 12, 2021. The blouse was the most requested item asked for to serve as documentation for Operation Allies Refuge. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Staff Sergeant Shay Stuart)
Oct. 18, 2021 - It was an image that captured the hearts of millions; a young Afghan child, sleeping on the floor of a crowded C-17 Globemaster III, tucked beneath an OCP top for warmth.The blouse belonged to none other than Airman First...

Can Do Wing historian receives AF level award
Oct. 14, 2021 - With a background as a Naval Academy history major and a 21-year career as a commissioned infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, it is no surprise that military history is ingrained in the 305th Air Mobility Wing’s...

Suicide Prevention in the Military, from Taboo to Timely
U.S. Air Force Col. Michele Lo Bianco, 305th Air Mobility Wing Operations commander, displays her box of remembrance. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness. More than 1.7 million Veterans received treatment in a VA mental health specialty program annually.
Sept. 22, 2021 - Suicide prevention is a year-round effort. As September is Suicide Prevention Month, now is a time to reach out to others while also taking the time to look within...

305th OSS Airman becomes ‘guardian angel’ of the road
Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa participants bike 500 miles through Iowa, July 2021. U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Haney, an Air Force Cycling Team member, is assigned to the 305th Operations Support Squadron as an air traffic controller watch supervisor. This was his first time participating in the RAGBRAI, which is known as the oldest, largest, and longest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world. It is seven days long and consists of participants biking approximately 500 miles through the state of Iowa. (Courtesy photo)
Sept. 20, 2021 - An air traffic controller watch supervisor found himself representing the Air Force in a different capacity while in the midst of 20,000 cyclists pedaling across Iowa. Despite fighting fatigue from heat and exhaustion, he...

305th FTU prepares new air crew members, answers nation's call
U.S. Air Force Capt. David Crowley, 78th Air Refueling Squadron pilot and 305th Operations Support Squadron Formal Training Unit student, prepares for a training flight at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 8, 2021. The KC-10 Extender would be meeting up with a KC-135 from Maine for an in-flight refuel as part of the flight training.
Sept. 2, 2021 - On the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., flightline, it's a familiar sight to see aircrew on a KC-10 Extender preparing themselves and their aircraft for a mission. Planes take off and land every day like clockwork, and...

 

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