Joint Base Support Elements Ready For 2012 Open House

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JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST–More than 300,000 people are expected to celebrate with the joint base as it commemorates 95 years of defending our nation’s air, land and sea during the 2012 Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Open House & Air Show this weekend.

To accommodate those attendees, members of the base’s 87th Logistics Readiness and Force Support Squadrons have come together to ensure a successful event.

“One of our biggest challenges with an event of this magnitude is transportation,” said Capt. Heather Boos, 87th LRS deployment and distribution flight commander. “We’re preparing to help people get onto base, to their parking spots and onto the airfield to enjoy the show.”

Hundreds of joint base service members stand ready to help usher attendees to the flightline.

Upon arriving to Joint Base MDL, drivers will be directed to one of the seven designated parking areas in various locations throughout the base. From there, they will be driven by one of 30 available shuttle buses to the airfield.

LRS has also devised a plan to help stranded motorists should the need arise.

“We’ll have some of our vehicle maintainers standing by to assist disabled vehicles if they are causing added congestion,” said Boos.

Once patrons get to the airfield, members of the 87th FSS have coordinated more than 40 concession stands and food vendors to help enhance the attendees’ experience.

“Booths will be selling a variety of foods and beverages,” said Monty Dunn, 2012 JB MDL Open House and Air Show services director. “Food vendors will sell everything from hamburgers and hot dogs to exotic foods from Europe and Thailand.”

Some vendors will be selling more memorable items for the event.

“We will be selling official open house merchandise and memorabilia as well,” said Dunn. “T-shirts, open house programs and other keepsakes will be available for purchase at the Joint Base Open House and Air Show.”

Thirteen aerial performers to include the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, the U.S. Army Golden Knights and the Marine Air-Ground Task Force will entertain the crowd during the two-day event.

Forty historic and current static aircraft will be displayed during this year’s event–Bell UH-1 Iroquois, C-5 Galaxy, FedEx Airbus A300 and T-1A Jayhawk. Many of history’s most storied aircraft as well as today’s cutting-edge platforms will be on display for visitor’s viewing pleasure.

This year’s open house and air show is the installation’s first since becoming a joint base in 2009.

“We know guests visiting the Open House and Air Show are going to be wowed by the displays and aerial acts,” said Dunn. “Our goal in the 87th FSS is to make the experience even more memorable with some great food, beverages, and maybe even a souvenir or two to remind them of that experience.”

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