|Quoting CX747 (Reply 41):|
An earlier poster talked about McGuire AFB possibly wanting another C-17 squadron. Has there been any progress on NJ's only AFB getting another squadron? It would be nice to see a ramp that was once filled with C-141s filled again with large cargo aircraft.
McGuire definitely wants a second C-17 squadron, there's plenty of ramp space left on the 305th, 514th ramp. There used to be two squadrons of about 32 C-141s up until their retirement in 2004, Congressman Saxton who has been a huge supporter of the three bases in his District (Fort Dix, McGuire AFB, Lakehurst NAES) had been lobbying hard for a second squadron. Unfortunately he just retired, but I don't think that hurts McGuire's hopes of a second C-17 squadron.
There are some big happenings going on now at McGuire related to the 2005 BRAC, first and foremost involves the merging of Fort Dix, Lakehurst NAES and McGuire AFB. McGuire AFB and the 305th will now control all three bases, the Air Force will take over security, public services, administration etc..
A lot of investment has been made recently to support the C-17s, a new Northeast assault landing strip just opened at Lakehurst this past Summer. C-17s from McGuire and Dover practice assault landings on the 3,500 strip several times a day. My parents just moved to a retirement community in Jackson NJ
and they are right under the flight paths for the assault landing strip, the C-17s are barely 1,000ft above their house. The C-17s do these landings at Lakehurst several times each day, it's really something to see.
Right now McGuire is hosting some Tennessee ANG C-5s from Memphis, they are temporarily relocated to McGuire while new digs are being constructed for them at MEM
Also the big news is that within the next year or two will start the big move of aircraft from Willow Grove JRB
(which is closing per BRAC) to McGuire AFB.
Beginning in 2011 almost 40 aircraft will move from Willow Grove to McGuire AFB,
4 C-130Ts, 4 C-9s, 1 C-12
Marine Corps Reserve:
-53Es, 4 UH-1s, 7 AH
3 C-35s, 5 C-12s
Also in a separate move the NJ
Army National Guard will locate their Helicopters from Trenton Mercer Airport to Lakehurst NAES.
Here's the specific info: