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Fort Dix, NJ

Fort Dix, NJ 08640  |  Post Operator: DSN: 944-1011, (609) 562-1011

Fort Dix: Overview

The mission of Fort Dix is to support the efforts of the U.S. Army Reserve Command in their endeavors, which include the training, mobilization, and deployment of troops. Both active duty military members and reservists are supported here. Now that the Army, Navy, and Air Force have combined to form the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, these three services have combined their resources to reduce operating costs. The impressive level of military power located on this one installation will result in an expanded mission capability.

This installation began as Camp Dix when it was constructed back in 1917 in preparation for WWI. Considering its proximity to the seaports on the East Coast, it was an ideal place from which to train, mobilize, and deploy troops. Between WWI and WWII, the post served as a demobilization center and was utilized for a variety of purposes by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It was deemed a permanent Army post in 1939 and was then referred to as “Fort Dix.” During WWII, its mission was identical to the one it conducted during WWI. The post hosted a number of divisions during its history, and was even utilized as a Basic Training Center at one point.

Fort Dix: Education

Being stationed at Fort Dix, which is now part of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, places you close to a number of great cities. There are colleges and universities to attend in the vacinity, however, online schools are perfect for military members. You can earn your degree from a respected school while taking classes anytime, anywhere. Learn more by requesting information from a number of these schools. Start by clicking the "Find A School" button below:

Fort Dix: Location

Fort Dix, which is now part of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, is located in New Jersey. Specifically, this installation can be found in Burlington County, which is in the Delaware River Region near the New Jersey Shore. The communities of New Hanover Township, Pemberton Township, and Springfield Township are near the post. Fort Dix is not far at all from major metropolitan areas such as New York City and Philadelphia.

Fort Dix: Interesting Facts

  • The Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, which joined three major military installations, was officially formed on October 1, 2009.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard maintains a presence on this installation. The Atlantic Strike Team (AST), which handles situations that include oil and hazardous material incidents, initiates missions from the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
  • The namesake of Fort Dix is Major General John Adams Dix who served in both the War of 1812 and the Civil War. In addition, he was the Secretary of the Treasury, a Senator, and the Governor of New York.
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