FORT DIX, N.J. - September 30, 2009 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
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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