McGuire Air Force Base

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McGuire Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: WRIICAO: KWRIFAA LID: WRI) is a United States Air Force base located approximately 35 miles (56 km) east of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On October 1, 2009, McGuire officially became part of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. Base officials refer to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst as "JB MDL".

The host unit at McGuire AFB is the 87th Air Base Wing (87 ABW), assigned to the Air Mobility Command Eighteenth Air Force. The 87 ABW provides installation management to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.[2] The wing also provides mission-ready, expeditionary Airmen to support Unified Combatant Commanders in on-going military operations. The wing consists of more than 3,100 officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel from the Air Force, Army and Navy.

McGuire AFB was established in 1937 as part of Fort Dix by the United States Army, and control was assumed by the USAAF on 3 July 1942 as Fort Dix Airport. In 1948 it was re-named in honor of Major Thomas B. McGuire, Jr. (1920–1945), who was the second highest scoring American ace during World War II. The 87th Air Base Wing is commanded by Colonel Gina M. Grosso. Its Command Chief Master Sergeant is Chief Master Sergeant Lee Wofford.

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