Here's some information regarding upcoming changes at Dix, McGuire and Lakehurst. There's no indication yet, however, about any future rail development.
December 13, 2005
The Megabase For Military Will Cost Megabucks
Millions will be spent on construction to unite Dix, McGuire and Lakehurst, U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton said.
By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of millions of dollars are likely to be spent in the next decade on construction to foster the nation's first tri-service military megabase, coordinating the operations of McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix and Lakehurst Naval Air Engineering Station, U.S. Rep. Jim Saxton said yesterday.
The New Jersey Republican, who joined base commanders and community leaders yesterday on a tour of the sprawling Burlington and Ocean County site, said the megabase "will not only have Army, Air Force and Navy forces, but also Marine and Coast Guard components."
"It's the true base of the future," he said. "The plans are still evolving, but it is shaping up to be a very significant investment."
New facilities will be needed to receive as many as 47 additional aircraft and 1,000 personnel. The Base Closure and Realignment Commission estimated that alone would cost $108 million - $42.6 million for Fort Dix and $65.5 million for McGuire.
Saxton said the Department of Defense's Future Years Defense Plan also called for more than $150 million in construction at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
"My job will be to go to Washington and try to help fund those projects," said Saxton, a senior member of the House Armed Services Committee who has been the chief proponent of the bases. McGuire and Dix are in his district.
Dix is expected to get 1,050 additional jobs and McGuire 779 jobs.
"The bottom line is that we're getting a lot more than we've got" today, said Col. David McNeil, the Dix commander. "We want to embrace it. We are all part of something bigger now."