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Posted 4/2/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
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McGuire Air Force Base, the only Air Force base in New Jersey, is located 18 miles south of Trenton, the state capital, in Burlington County.

Team McGuire consists of various units working together to maintain air mobility capabilities in a constant state of readiness. These units include the 87th Air Base Wing, United States Air Force Expeditionary Center, 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 305th Air Mobility Wing, 514th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserve Command), 108th Air Refueling Wing (New Jersey Air National Guard) and the 621st Contingency Response Wing. Each component is essential to providing key elements of Team McGuire's mission responsibility as the East Coast Air Mobility Wing, providing America's Eastern gateway for Global Reach.

The base is named in honor of the late Major Thomas B. McGuire Jr., of Ridgewood, N.J., a Medal of Honor recipient who was the second leading air ace in World War II before being killed in action in January 1945. 

The 87th Air Base Wing is the host wing at McGuire AFB. The 87th ABW provides installation support to more than 41 mission commanders spread across 40,000 acres at McGuire, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst -- the Department of Defense's first joint base and only joint base that consolidated Air Force, Army, and Navy installations.

McGuire Air Force Base is home to the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, one of two EMTFs in Air Mobility Command. Its mission is to command two air mobility operations groups, the 621st CRW at McGuire AFB New Jersey and the 721st AMOG, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. During wartime, contingencies, war games or exercises the EMTF commander is the senior director of mobility forces or DIRMOBFOR within their area of focus. The 21st EMTF is focused on Europe and Southwest Asia as well as experimentation and exercises in Joint Forces Command.

Falling directly under 21st EMTF is the 621st Contingency Response Wing, a major tenant unit. The 621st CRW is the East Coast organization responsible for training and deploying AMC mission support forces. The CRW opens or augments airfields anywhere in the world, deploys worldwide as an extension of the Tanker Airlift Control Center, provides command and control, aerial port and aircraft maintenance personnel for AMC's Tanker Airlift Control Elements and combat camera support to document military operations.

The Expeditionary Center, located on neighboring Fort Dix, is AMC's premier training and testing institution. It consolidates air mobility specific training, testing and evaluations previously located at seven geographically separated units. It is the host to EAGLE FLAG, an Air Force-level expeditionary combat support exercise where participants demonstrate the capability to open an airbase in an austere location.

As strategic units of AMC, the 305th Air Mobility Wing, and 514th Air Mobility Wing provide airlift and air refueling support as assigned by Headquarters, Air Mobility Command and initiated by the Department of Defense.

The 108th Air Refueling Wing represents one of the largest refueling wings in the Air National Guard. The men and women of the unit are proud to be a part of the Total Force, and they are dedicated to supporting AMC in both the air refueling and strategic airlift roles.

Through the use of the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-10A Extender and KC-135 Stratotanker, McGuire AFB maintains air mobility assets in a constant state of readiness. Mission responsibilities include the movement of troops, passengers, military equipment, cargo and mail. Aerial refueling capability is another important aspect of McGuire's mission. McGuire AFB's mission sends aircraft and crews, as well as ground support personnel, throughout more than 50 countries around the globe, including the Commonwealth of Independent States, on an around-the-clock basis. With combat and combat support experience in Operations NORTHERN and SOUTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM, along with numerous taskings serving as training for wartime requirements, Team McGuire is continually postured in a state of preparedness.

Today, the 87th ABW, 305th AMW, along with the 514th AMW (AFRC), the 108th Air Refueling Wing (NJANG), and other tenant units combine to form Team McGuire, an installation with  -- One Team, One Theme ... Mobility.

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