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Congressman Tom MacArthur

Representing the 3rd District of New Jersey

MacArthur Invites Defense Secretary to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

February 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur announced that he has invited new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter to tour Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The visit will allow Secretary Carter to see firsthand the installation’s importance to the region and to our nation’s military capabilities.

“Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is an integral part of our national security apparatus, making it a prime location for Secretary Carter to visit as he begins his responsibilities as Secretary of Defense,” MacArthur said. “Keeping our country safe in a volatile and changing world comes with serious demands on our military. As the nation’s only tri-service installation, the Joint Base is uniquely equipped to meet many of those needs.”

Read the full letter to Secretary Carter here.

In his letter, MacArthur details the critical missions tasked to McGuire Air Force Base, Fort Dix, and Lakehurst Naval Air Station and explains why the geographical location offers an additional advantage to the installation. He also advocates for future missions at the Joint Base, including the assignment of new KC-46 refueling tankers.

“The convenience and efficiency provided by having a tri-service military installation, supported additionally by the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, is unparalleled,” the letter reads. “On top of the benefits to our local community, southern New Jersey is also a competitive location for this installation due to our well educated workforce, excellent infrastructure, and proximity to major metropolitan hubs like Philadelphia and New York City.”