Ocean County Press Release

OCEAN COUNTY residents can glimpse the workings of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst during the 2014 Open House and Air Show scheduled for May 10 and 11.

"This is a perfect opportunity for families to visit the sprawling military base and learn more about the importance of the Joint Base in our national defense," said Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari.

The open house and air show will take place on the McGuire portion of the base from 8 am to 5 pm both days. Admission is free.

Besides its prominent role in the defense of our nation, the Joint Base is also a critical economic partner, funneling jobs and millions of dollars into the local economy, Vicari said.

Freeholder John P. Kelly, a longtime supporter of Navy Lakehurst and the Joint Base, said the county has partnered with the military on numerous occasions to educate local companies on how to bid on contracts at the Joint Base.

"Our Doing Business with the Military seminars have been very popular and have helped keep federal dollars in Ocean County," Kelly said.

The Freeholders also played a key role in protecting Navy Lakehurst from the federal Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process during the 1990s.

There are some fears that a future BRAC could target the Joint Base.

"In the past, the Board of Freeholders has worked hard and successfully to defend Navy Lakehurst from the federal base closing list," Vicari said. "Today, the world is an even more dangerous place and we cannot afford to be without the security provided by McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst."

The Freeholders encouraged residents to attend the air show, which will include the world-famous U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Golden Knights.

"Most of us only know the joint base through the aircraft we see flying overhead or maybe a glimpse of historic Hangar 1 in Lakehurst," Vicari said. "This open house is a chance to see the military hardware up close and talk with the men and women who serve our nation."

For more information on the air show, visit www.jbmdlspecialevents.com.

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