Here's some more about local bases from the Asbury Park Press;
" New Jersey's three neighboring Navy, Army Reserve and Air Force bases would be merged into the biggest joint military installation in the Northeast under the Pentagon's base realignment proposals,"
"The 40,000 acres at Fort Dix, McGuire Air Force Base and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station would be designated as a "joint pre-deployment mobilization site," and the missions there expanded through the transfer of aircraft and hundreds of jobs from smaller bases in neighboring states, according to military and congressional officials"
"Defense planners want to merge administration for all three bases under Air Force command, but leave Army Reserve training and Navy aircraft engineering programs intact."
"Fort Dix stands to get Army, Navy, and Marine Reserve units from locations in New Jersey and four other states, including a number of organizations from Willow Grove, Pa., where combined naval air station and reserve center is targeted for closure."
"If the units are consolidated, Fort Dix neighbors can expect to "see a lot more helicopters," said retired Army Reserve Col. Michael Warner, a former Fort Dix commander who heads the Burlington County bases committee.
New aviation facilities could be built at West Field, a portion of McGuire that lies along its fence with Fort Dix, Saxton said. While it's not mentioned in connection with the aircraft transfers, it's likely that local supporters could propose Lakehurst as an interim destination. The Navy base is already on its way to be the new home for the New Jersey National Guard's helicopters"
"McGuire too would get aircraft and crews from Willow Grove, New Castle, Del. and an airfield near Johnstown, Pa."
"Air Guard to get new jets
The New Jersey Air National Guard would be re-equipped with bigger, faster twin-engine F-15 Eagle fighters, with two dozen jets to replace 15 older, single-engine F-16 Falcons at the 177th Fighter Wing near Atlantic City International Airport in Atlantic County.
"The Department of Defense report to BRAC calls for the retirement of aging KC
-135E Stratotankers flown by the 108th Air Refueling Wing at McGuire, but doesn't specify replacement aircraft for the wing. Saxton said the Air Force plans to replace those jets with improved KC
-135R models, and late Friday he was seeking more information from the Pentagon."
The "realignment" recommendation for Lakehurst means "the installation management will become responsibility of the Air Force" through neighboring McGuire, said Capt. Mark L. Bathrick, the Navy Lakehurst commander."As a former tenant commander myself (on other bases), I never really cared who turned on the lights and kept the roads paved, as long as it got done."
[Edited 2005-05-14 21:46:14]