Fort Dix gets a new name

September 30, 2009 7:58:42 AM PDT
A storied military installation in New Jersey where Elvis Presley slept and thousands of recruits grumbled is getting a new name. Fort Dix will join neighboring McGuire Air Force Base and Lakehurst Naval Air Station Thursday to become the nation's first three-service combined base. Its new name will be Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.

Combining the bases in the middle of New Jersey was a way to keep them open after the Defense Department's last round of base closures and realignments.

The idea is to share more services to save costs.

It also means a name change for Dix. The post has been a major wartime mobilization and demobilization center since World War I.

More than 77,000 troops headed for Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001 have passed through there.

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