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  • The Denton Program and the Freedom Wing

    The 514th Air Mobility Wing is ready to support air mobility through aerial refueling, airlift, aeromedical evacuation, and mobility support. During peacetime operations, the Freedom Wing also plays a part in humanitarian relief efforts and has coordinated with the Denton Program in the past and continues to do so today.
  • Reserve Citizen Airmen Mobilized to Support COVID-19 Response

    U.S. Reserve Citizen Airmen with medical experience offload from a C-17 Globemaster III with the 911th Airlift Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., on their way to support the residents of New York City in the fight against COVID-19, April 5, 2020. This deployment is part of a larger mobilization package of more than 120 doctors, nurses
  • Black History Month: A legacy of honor

    States, installations, and individuals all celebrate Black History Month in their own way which honors what it means to them. Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, Airmen came together to celebrate and honor BHM by organizing a heritage air-refueling flight with Airmen from Dover Air Force Base, Delaware over the east coast, Feb. 13. The KC-10 Extender assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing was piloted by an all African-American crew from different airlift squadrons around the installation. The purpose of the heritage flight was to showcase the accomplishments African-American’s have made in the U.S. Air Force and to inspire others, not just African-Americans, to reach for what they may think is impossible. “I want to make sure that anyone and everyone serving in the military knows they have the opportunity to experience the feeling of having an impact and making a difference,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Demetrius Thornton, 605th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron primary flying crew chief. “I want them to know they can be a part of change. That’s what this flight was about.” U.S. Air Force Col. Adrian Byers, 514th Air Mobility Wing vice commander, piloted the KC-10 and spoke of previous heritage flights he had put together for a multitude of observances. Byers felt when military installations are able to put heritage flights together, it brings a sense of pride and remembrance of the legacy they came from. “We make diversity what it is,” said Byers. “The military always talks about unity and morale – those things are color blind. As a service [though], we turn around and look for ways to include every single heritage that we have into an organization. There are times when you have to bring out what an individual’s heritage means to them and allow them to be proud of the achievements the people in their heritage or culture have made.” The importance of this heritage flight has the ability to speak volumes to not only African-Americans, but about the KC-10 community. Thornton explained that while organizing the flight, he realized how few African-American aircrew members there are. To represent BHM he pulled two pilots, one from the 514th Air Mobility Wing and one from the 305th AMW, a 32nd Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, one 2nd Air Refueling Squadron flight engineer and 605th AMXS crew chief. “Sometimes you are the only example of goodness some people may see, some people never experience that,” said Thornton. “I want to make sure that if I were to walk away from the Air Force today, the legacy I leave behind would be an instruction manual for those, like me, of how to navigate through the Air Force and life. Not just African-Americans, but everyone. It is not only something I want to do, it is my duty as a noncommissioned officer and a fellow Airman.” Joint Base MDL has a variety of organizations that allow their military members to express their pride of the culture and heritage they identify with. The African American Cultural Association was established in 2019 at Joint Base MDL and have set up different events throughout the month of February to allow the community to come together no matter their background or identification and honor BHM in different ways. So far this month, AACA has celebrated with two movie nights with films that show the history of African-Americans in the military along with a paint n’ sip for the artists in the community. If you are interested in participating in future events, contact the African American Cultural Association at (609) 754-5498.
  • Gratitude is the memory of the heart

    “Paying attention to what is good in your life can help you build optimism and positive emotions,” said Jacklyn Urmey, 514th Air Mobility Wing director of psychological health. “This can help you cope with daily hassles and stress and improve social relationships.”
  • Race Walking at a New York Pace

    When people from around the country visit New York, they are often surprised at how fast people walk. But Capt Lisa M. Anello, an assistant staff judge advocate with the 514th Air Mobility Wing Judge Advocate General, is especially fast, even for New York standards. Anello, a career prosecuting attorney, mother of two and a native New Yorker, is a high-energy and resilient airman, as well as a competitive athlete. As part of her busy lifestyle over the past two decades, Anello has worked hard to become a champion in a sport many people may not even know about.
  • Quarterly Award Winners

    Tech. Sgt. Brentley Stevenson and Senior Airman Dana Fusco, 514th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron members, 514th Air Mobility Wing, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., take a selfie photograph with Chief Master Sgt. Dana L. Capaldi, 514th AMW command chief and Col. Thomas O. Pemberton, 514th AMW commander, Nov. 2, 2019. Stevenson and Fusco won
  • Reserve Chaplain Inspires Active Faith

    Capt. Michael G. Fuentes, chaplain with the 514th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., presided over the Protestant worship service at the Dix Chapel here this morning.
  • 514th Welcomes Its Newest Doctor

    As of June 9th, Jonathan Trager, medical director of St. Luke’s University Health Network Emergency & Transport Services and Critical Care Transport, is a major in the United States Air Force Reserve. He was commissioned by Lt. Col. Julia. Wriglesworth of the 514th Aeromedical Staging Squadron in front of fellow 514 ASTS members, friends, and family.
  • Transferring Your GI Bill Benefits?

    Last summer a substantive change to the policy on the transfer by service members in the Uniformed Services of “Post-9/11 GI Bill” educational benefits to eligible family members occurred. The changes to the policy for authorizing the Transferability of Education Benefits become effective on July 12, 2019.
  • Never Stop Dreaming

    “Does the dreamer ever stop dreaming?” Capt. Michael G. Fuentes, 514th Air Mobility Wing chaplain asked this question about dreamers to start off a “Tools to Strengthen Your Inner Self” seminar. The seminar, which was led by Jacklyn Urmey, 514th AMW director of psychological health and Fuentes, was attended by Reserve Citizen Airmen from the Freedom Wing.