August 1, 1990 |
Despite the prospect of a dwindling workforce at Fort Dix, the military base's new chief of staff is looking forward to "the challenge of the changes" that will take place there in the next three years. Col. Michael L. Warner, who began his new duties in June, said he thought that although its basic-training operations were being scaled down, Fort Dix remained a "great place to be. " Two years ago, the Army announced that Dix's basic-training mission would be phased out by 1993.
November 25, 2002 |
Many are 18 years old and heading overseas for the first time. Some are mothers in their 40s with 18-year-old sons and daughters. They arrive at Fort Dix from all over the country, with different accents, backgrounds and family issues - about 14,000 troops since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. But before they go - possibly to war with Iraq - each is prepared by a group of military and civilian professionals who sweat every detail, no matter how small. The group's mission, as the American military machine shifts into high gear, is to make sure Army reservists and National Guard troops have the knowledge and tools to survive.
December 24, 1989 |
Deborah A. Davis, a lifetime Springfield resident and chief of the petroleum, oil and lubricants branch's supply division at Fort Dix, has been honored as top civilian employee for the most recent quarter at Fort Dix. "I love working outside," said Davis, 32. "I'd rather be outside than pushing papers. " But she has to do a lot of that, too, because in her 5 1/2 years on this job, she's been in charge of all the fuel oil arriving at Fort Dix, the New Jersey Army Reserve centers and the New York Area Army Command - 69 delivery locations in all. Normally, she handles this by phone, but she has a different goal in mind down the road.
August 1, 1989 |
Fort Dix inched closer to the end of its career as a training base yesterday as the House rejected an attempt to stop the Pentagon's plans to close or scale back operations at 14 military bases, including the Burlington County installation. Before approving an $8.7 billion military construction appropriations bill for 1990, the House removed from the bill an amendment that would have forbidden the Pentagon to use money to close or reduce operations at bases where timely cost savings could not be demonstrated.
October 13, 1991 |
Within the next month, nearly half of the civilian employees at Fort Dix will get a letter in the mail telling them that they might be transferred or terminated or fired by next fall. The Army calls it a mock reduction in force - an effort to give civilian employees ample warning of how they may be affected by cuts mandated in late 1988. The decision to take away Fort Dix's basic training mission was made almost three years ago, but Oct. 4 was the first announcement by the Army of the exact number of civilian employees who will be affected by the realignment.
April 25, 1991 |
In the weeks after the Department of Defense recommended the virtual closing of Fort Dix, Pemberton Township Mayor Thalia C. Kay has emerged as a leader in the effort to cushion the potentially disastrous effects of a closing. Kay returned on Sunday to Pemberton Township from a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., where she met with Rep. Jim Saxton (R., N.J.) and Don Hester, an aide to Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D., N.J.), to discuss strategies for dealing with the Pentagon's recommendation.
November 22, 1989 |
Military housing at Fort Dix will be occupied even after the base loses its major role as a basic training facility, an Army spokesman said yesterday. The 2,106 units have been offered to the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard, which have all shown interest in them, according to Maj. Joe Padilla, an Army spokesman in Washington. Whether the housing units are occupied is crucial to Pemberton Township, where about 1,800 of that municipality's 7,700 school students are children who live at Fort Dix. Children with military parents account for 3,120 of Pemberton's school enrollment.
February 23, 1989 |
With the future of Fort Dix slipping through their fingers, eight members of the New Jersey delegation ranted, raved and reasoned at a congressional hearing yesterday in an attempt to derail the Pentagon's plan to drastically reduce operations at the Burlington County Army base. The congressmen and senators contended that the decision to "mothball" Fort Dix ignored the fact that nearly $200 million has been invested at the base since 1980, and overstated the projected savings of transferring the base's training operations to three Southern bases.
May 4, 1999 |
Military officials at Fort Dix spent yesterday getting ready for the first Kosovo refugees, making final food preparations, working through detailed rehearsals, and collecting a stash of toys for the homeless children. "We're told to expect those most at risk," said Carolee J. Nisbet, a spokeswoman for Fort Dix. "We still expect them to move on from this site and get with their sponsors. " The first contingent, which will arrive tomorrow, will receive medical exams at the fort, and then the process of linking the refugees with families will begin in earnest.
January 4, 1989 |
Some members of Local 1999 - civilian employees who work at Fort Dix - say they are not as worried about the proposal to virtually close the base between 1990 and 1995 as they are about what may happen to their jobs in the next few weeks or months. Mahlon Ross, a repairman who has worked at Fort Dix seven years, said he wasn't surprised last week when an independent federal commission recommended that the installation be scaled back - a move that would cost at least 1,516 workers at the base their jobs.