Friday, July 25, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

New facility opened at joint base

WRIGHTSTOWN A $6.8 million command post and base operations facility and a $13.9 million dormitory have been opened at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, replacing older facilities at the site, officials said.

The improvements will support more than 80 missions and 40 commanders, along with scores of airmen, soldiers, sailors, Coast Guardsmen, and civilians, and their family members.

Service members at the command post and base operations will coordinate inbound and outbound aircraft support and arrange maintenance for aircraft with the Maintenance Operations Center and the Air Terminal Operations Center. They will use the latest controller consoles, video teleconferencing capabilities, and touchscreen radios.

"One of the biggest benefits of the new facility will be increased space for mission partners to participate in mission planning and emergency response," said Maj. Josh Kenyon, the joint base's command post chief. "It will ultimately give all our mission partners a one-stop shop to provide them materials they need to complete whatever mission they have."

The construction of the command post and base operations facility began in June 2011, and was completed in August 2013. The new building was officially opened during a ribbon-cutting ceremonies last month.

"As a controller, I think the greatest benefit of the new facility is the optimal layout for communication among us," said Tech. Sgt. Brandon Silberman. A new dormitory - also officially opened in ceremonies last month - was actually completed Nov. 20, 2013, and replaced two 60-year-old dormitories, which were razed.

Junior service members began moving into the new facility Feb. 7. The dorms will ultimately house 120 junior service members.

They provide housing to enlisted personnel while providing an opportunity to build camaraderie with service members in their own units as well as others.

They are the first on the base to embody individual rooms with a common area.

- Edward Colimore

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