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EA Press Release JB MDL Afghan Special Immigrant Visa

020821 | Aug. 24, 2021


As part of contingency planning and preparation for potential support of Afghan Special Immigrant relocation, environmental officials at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst have prepared a Draft Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of “No Significant Impact”.

The Draft EA evaluates the potential for environmental impacts associated with the proposed action of mobilizing temporary shelter facilities for ASIs within the Burlington County portion of JB MDL

The proposed action is in accordance with a Presidential authorization and Joint Staff issued Planning Order for Department of Defense Support to the Department of State for Afghan Relocation to coordinate U.S. efforts to provide temporary shelter to ASIs.  In support of this order, the USAF is proposing to make DoD land or facilities available at JB MDL and mobilize the temporary shelter of up to 9,500 ASIs on JB MDL for up to 365 days. 

The proposed action involves utilization of existing facilities as well as construction of temporary shelters on a former parade ground on Dix Area of JB MDL. The need for the proposed action is to provide safe haven and shelter at JB MDL for ASIs who assisted the U.S. and our allies. 

The Draft Environmental Assessment has been prepared in order for the Air Force to be ready as a proposed ASI location to support the mission and ensure a firm understanding of environmental issues and potential public concerns associated with the proposal.


The Draft EA and Draft FONSI are available for review at the following library location and website:


Burlington County Library Pemberton Branch

16 Broadway Street Brown Mills, NJ 08015



Written comments on the Draft EA and Draft FONSI/FONPA are invited and should be sent by Close of Business on 28 August 2021. Please mail and/or email comments to:


ATTN: EA Temporary Shelter of Afghan Special Immigrants

2901 Falcon Lane

Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ 08641

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