Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) is a United States military facility located southeast of Trenton, New Jersey.
The facility is an amalgamation of the United States Air Force's McGuire Air Force Base, the United States Army's Fort Dix and the United States Navy's Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, which were merged on 1 October 2009.
It was established in accordance with congressional legislation implementing the recommendations of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The legislation ordered the consolidation of the three facilities which were adjoining, but separate military installations, into a single joint base, one of 12 formed in the United States as a result of the law. Despite this change, they remain commonly known by their pre-merger names as of 2012.
The installation commander is currently Colonel James Hodges.
The Hindenburg disaster took place on Thursday, May 6, 1937, as the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg caught fire and was destroyed during its attempt to dock with its mooring mast at the Lakehurst Naval Air Station.
In February 2004, installation commanders from the three installations formed a partnership to generate joint solutions for common problems between the three contiguous bases and their tenant commands. The three installation commanders are already reducing operating costs by consolidating firearms training, radar information for air operations, and contracts for pest control, linen service, and hazardous waste disposal. This is a unique relationship. While each base serves its respective service directly, each base also takes advantage of the other bases' capabilities as part of a Joint Installation Partnership. For example:
At the 15 June House Appropriations Military Construction Subcommittee hearing on the Navy's fiscal year 2005 request, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO), ADM Vern Clark, praised the New Jersey Joint Cooperation on Installation Management at McGuire, Dix, and Lakehurst.