Menendez Reinforces Joint Base’s Critical National Security Mission in Meeting with Air Mobility Commander

Menendez Reinforces Joint Base’s Critical National Security Mission in Meeting with Air Mobility Commander

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez yesterday met with Air Force General Carlton Everhart, the commander of the Air Mobility Command, who has jurisdiction over Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), to stress the base’s strategic role and critical mission to our national and regional security.

“Maintaining the core refueling mission and securing the next generation KC-46 tankers for Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is my highest priority,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I stand ready to work with Air Mobility Command to ensure it has the resources it needs to maintain global mobility for refueling and airlift missions.”

The Joint Base is in competition to house the next generation of air refueling tankers, the KC-46A.  The final basing decision is expected in the winter of 2017. 

JBMDL is currently home to the 305th Air Mobility Wing (Active Component), which supports the delivery of cargo and personnel to combatant commanders abroad, and the 514th Air Mobility (Reserve Component).  Both units currently fly the KC-10 Extender. The New Jersey Air National Guard’s 108th Air Wing flies the KC-135 air refueling tanker.

As the nation’s only tri-service base, JBMDL has more than 88 mission partners, and employs and houses more than 42,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians and their family members.   It is comprised of almost 4,000 facilities representing $9.3 billion in infrastructure – and is the second largest employer in New Jersey.  Economic analysis reports that JBMDL generates more than $6.9 billion in economic impact for New Jersey every year. 

Sen. Menendez has long supported the operations at JBMDL.  Last year, he voted for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language to protect the Joint Base’s KC-10 air refueling mission, and stressed its importance in a meeting with then-Defense Secretary-nominee Ashton Carter.  The senator also led a delegation letter in October calling on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to correct a long-running pay disparity among civilian employees at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL), recommending it move affected workers from the Philadelphia wage area to the higher wage New York area, effectively giving them a raise.