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Location:  Dix and McGuire are located in beautiful southern central New Jersey, approximately 15 miles from Trenton, 50 minutes from Philadelphia and Atlantic City, and 90 minutes from New York City.  The distance from Dix and McGuire to Washington DC is about 154 miles.  Dix is located in Pemberton Township and McGuire in North Hanover Township both in Burlington County New Jersey. 

Lakehurst is located in the Lakehurst Borough in Ocean County New Jersey, approximately 25 minutes from Dix and McGuire.  It is located on the eastern portion of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, formerly known as Naval Air Engineering Station (NAES) Lakehurst. 

BRAC Status: The 2005 Base Realignment and Closure legislation directed the Department of Defense to realign 26 separate installations into 12 joint base installations. Among this was Recommendation 146, establishing Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The Vice Chiefs of Staff signed a comprehensive Memorandum of Agreement between the three installations April 10, 2009 establishing Initial Operational Capability for JB MDL; the joint base reached Full Operational Capability Oct. 1, 2009.

Cost of Living: The cost of off-base housing and car insurance is extremely high in this area. Do not assume your insurance company will be willing or able to insure your automobile in New Jersey. Compared to the rest of the country, Burlington County's cost of living is 8.95% higher than the U.S. average. Lakehurst's cost of living is 8.46% higher than the U.S. average.

Base Operator: 609-562-1011 or DSN 312-562-1011 (Dix-McGuire) / 732-323-2011 or DSN 312-624-1110 (Lakehurst)








In addition, there are more than 60,000 retirees within a 50 mile radius.

Area Population:  Burlington County: 446,817; Trenton: 85,403; Lakehurst: 2,708; Toms River: 89,954

Child Development Centers:  Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB-MDL) has two centers in McGuire, one in Dix and one in Lakehurst. 

  • McGuire CDC: 6 weeks to 3 years of age, 609-754-2966
  • McGuire CDC: preschool age children, part day preschool, 609-754-3661
  • Dix CDC: 6 weeks to 6 years of age & FREE preschool, 609-562-3878
  • Lakehurst: 6 weeks to 6 years of age, 732-323-2260 

Family Child Care (FCC) approved homes are available. The FCC Program provides the McGuire and Dix communities with an alternative to center based child care and provides evening, weekend and shift care.  Call the FCC office at 609-754-3341.

Schools:  Parents of children who are new in JB-MDL and live in McGuire or Dix are able to choose the school district in which they would like their children to be enrolled.  Parents must make the choice for the entire family, which means that all their school aged children must attend the same district.

Lakehurst students attending preschool through eighth grade attend the Lakehurst School District.  Manchester High School serves students from ninth to twelfth grades.

Youth Services:  

  • Dix Youth Center for middle school and high school students, 609-562-5061
  • Dix Teen Center for eligible youth 13-18 years of age, 609-562-5061
  • McGuire Youth Center for youth 9-18 years of age, 609-754-5437
  • Lakehurst School Age Center for children kindergarten through fifth grade, 732-323-4043
  • Lakehurst Castle X Teen Center for sixth grade students to 18 years of age, 732-323-4043

Military and Family Support Center (MFSC): incorporates the following - 

  • Army Community Service: 609-754-3154, DSN-312-650-3154
  • Airman and Family Readiness Center: 609-754-3154, DSN-312-650-3154
  • Fleet and Family Support Center: 732-323-1248, DSN-312-624-1248

Housing:  The Government Housing Office (GHO) is the first stop for newly arriving personnel assigned to McGuire and Dix, 609-754-3662; Lakehurst residents should contact 732-323-2370.

Dix and McGuire Housing: Privatized housing is managed by United Communities, LLC (UC). UC has built new homes and upgraded some existing homes on McGuire and Dix. This will ensure a positive change to the size, conditions and appearance of the housing on base. To find out more about United Communities and the construction/renovations taking place, visit the United Communities (UC) website or call 609-723-4290.

Lakehurst Housing: Privatized housing is managed by Balfour Beatty Communities Management Office. There are 114 units, 31 of which are on base. There are 83 enlisted units in Pinehurst Estates, 19 are brand new and 64 have been renovated. Please visit the Lakehurst Homes website for more informtion. 

Employment:  Employment assistance is available through the Military and Family Support Center (Army Community Service, Airman and Family Support Center and/or Fleet and Family Support Center). Unemployment rate in Burlington County is 9%. Median household income is $74,481.00.  Unemployment rate in Ocean County is 10.1%. Median Household Income is $59,456.00.

Base Services: 

  • Morale Welfare Recreation Facilities: Arts & Crafts Center (Dix); Bowling Center (Dix and Lakehurst; Library (McGuire); Golf (McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst); Gymnasium (McGuire, Dix and Lakehurst); Auto Hobby Shop (McGuire); Theater (McGuire and Lakehurst); Outdoor Recreation (Dix and Lakehurst)
  • Commissaries: One large commissary on McGuire and a small one on Lakehurst
  • Exchange System: One large exchange on McGuire and a small one on Lakehurst
  • Financial Institutions: Armed Forces Bank (609-723-0707); Wells Fargo (609-724-7570); Fort Dix Federal Credit Union (609-723-4415); Andrews Credit Union (609-723-8530); and Lakehurst Naval Credit Union (732-323-2496).

Special Installation Messages:

Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions

The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.

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The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) implemented the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP) effective May 4, 2011: Any person who fails to register with the NJSRRP will be subject to a penalty of $300 to $3,000 for a first offense and $500 to $5,000 for subsequent offenses.

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